This is the fourth installment of our series “Four Painful Pitfalls to Avoid.” As a recap, we discussed how these three pitfalls can really take us off course to getting happy with our body:
#1. The Perfectionism Syndrome
#2. An All or Nothing Mentality
#3. The Glass Half-Empty, All The Time
Here’s our last one in the series—
Pitfall #4: Bitching About and Bad Mouthing Your Body.
Oh, this is a big one. Have you heard the way we speak to our body? Oh heavens….some of the things I’ve heard people say and, in my past, have told myself. Do I really want to tell a part of me that I am bad, ugly, fat, useless?
Perhaps your language isn’t quite as venomous. Still, telling ourselves we have bad knees is 1) inaccurate and 2) inconsiderate. You don’t have “bad” knees. Perhaps you have a sore or swollen knee. Or a knee that isn’t working as well as you like and needs healing. But there is not a part in your body that is bad, ugly, or useless.
Everything in your body has a reason and an explanation. Even cancer is not your body. It is an invader to your body’s perfect system that your body is diligently attempting to fight.
The Practice: Be Mindful. Here’s a quick reality check – If you wouldn’t say it to a friend or loved one, then don’t say it to or about your body. This practice of the mind will need
I encourage you to practice being impeccable and truthful with your words. After all, your body is listening.