We live in a society today that teaches us the right body image. There is no such thing as the right body image, just like there is no such thing as a correct smile. If you think your body image is incorrect for you, you might look at it from a different perspective. It may be easier to change how you interpret your body image than going through a torturous process to reach the right weight, right looks, or the correct posture. This article will explore how the state of mind that you are in determines how you judge yourself.
Judgments are usually based on and shaped by what other people think. When we cannot be limited to the cage of other people’s views, we may find the ability to have unconditional love. Often, when we think of love, we think of loving other people. Although that is valuable in our lives, you need to love yourself unconditionally. That means that no matter what you think other people think about you, you have to go deep enough to be free from judgments.
The way you know that freedom is to look at your breath. All of your worries, stress, guilt, and fears affect your breathing. If you find that state of mind where your breath flows through you without any resistance, you will be free of judgments. I call this the Easy Breath. The reason is that your mind does not limit this breath. It creates a perspective that allows you to see things without any judgments, without any shoulds, but to accept just as it is.
When it comes to your body image, can you see it with unconditional love? You may think this is impossible but look at your focus. Your focus is on the thought, your interpretation, and sometimes how other people would interpret you. It may seem like a giant step, to go beyond your feelings, but it is as easy as just focusing on your breath.
Look at our society today; there are thousands of diet clinics and techniques to help you attain the body image that you want. These are great tools and can help you, but you have to look at how you use external resources. When you are in a clear state of mind, free from anxiety or disappointment of how you see yourself, you will have a better ability to tap inner resources to help you use external resources. Approaching them with self-doubt, the attitude “I just can’t do this,” or any negative self-judgment means these external resources will not be as adequate.
The first step of any path to improve yourself has to be the state of mind that you started. This path may not be so easy, but dealing with your self-image in your thoughts could be the most natural thing on this path. Most people think that it is an impossible task to control, but it is your resistance that makes it difficult.
Think of someone that loves you unconditionally and imagine them accepting you exactly as you are. Now since you believed that, your mind created that experience. & show that love to yourself. When you receive that love, notice your breath. Relax so your breath effortlessly floats through you.
Practice this before you go to sleep and upon awakening, do this imagery for about ten days & this will become a useful habit. Then, when you need that unconditional love for yourself, take an Easy Breath, and feel loved.
The solution to the question of how to deal with a body image you are not satisfied with is simple; look at yourself from an unconditional, loving perspective and do not judge yourself.