From the moment of conception, we all experience the same vital, life-force energy and the destiny to develop and grow into a human. We’re all born as lovable, adorable babies, and grow as nature intended among the nurturing care of family and community.

We are miracles! We are all winners—we’re all conceived from “the winning sperm!” So how do we go from this high-vibration beginning to adults with our self-images tarnished with self-criticism, shame and blame? It’s a mind game. Well not a game, per se, but it is fully within our ability to change our mindset for the better in an instant.

Our bodies are worthy of our utmost gratitude. They are our homes, our transportation, our way of seeing, touching, and feeling our lives. They’re magnificent! And we can nurture and care for them as we care for our own children and loved ones. If you’re not sure how to switch your thoughts, try focusing on your body’s functionality instead of its appearance. Our bodies enjoy and digest our food, providing our nutrition and detoxing our waste; they circulate our blood; warm and cool us; repair and replenish the cells of every organ; allow us to move in all directions; and even grow new human life in our wombs.

Whenever you feel sad or shame just remember that there are billions of cells in your body, and all they care about is you!

10 ways to learn to love and appreciate your body:

  1. Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remembers it is the instrument of your life!
  2. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.
  3. Chose to find beauty in the world and in yourself.
  4. Think about the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you spend worrying about your body and appearance. Try one!
  5. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
  6. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself without mentioning appearance.
  7. Treat yourself as you’d treat a loved one or small child. Be patient, kind, forgiving.
  8. Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty.
  9. Be your body’s best friend and supporter, not its enemy.
  10. Realize that the number on the scale or dress size doesn’t determine your self-worth.

“Love yourself first so you can love others more.” Dominica Bay



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