I now feel more strongly than ever that loving ourselves no matter what, or how we look, or how we feel is indeed the first hurdle we must conquer. Until we are able to do this, we will be vulnerable to self sabotage instead of being on a steady course to where we want to go with steadfast conviction.
I'd first like to take a moment to congratulate those of you who took the pledge, and for being willing to be pro-active in your life. Because of all the positive feedback I have received during this series from each of you who have been reading and following, I am going to continue writing on this subject, not only for my own growth, but for each of you who have committed to do the same via The Body Pledge of Allegiance that you verbally affirmed to me and to yourself.
Do you realize that you committed to the the very first statement when you left your comment on the blog page?
"Today, I vow to start loving my body – no matter how I am feeling, how I look, and wherever I am in my journey."
This will be our first daily affirmation. We are going to promise ourselves that we will do this. It will be something we will say to ourselves in the mirror every morning. We'll also need to remember throughout your day so when we make a mistake, or get off track - which we will (so accept that fact now) - it will help to remind us of what we're doing. We are learning in a very practical way to be more loving and accepting of us in that very moment.
Now we will add the second statement in the pledge:
"I promise to stop the self-criticism, negative self talk, and to be present in each moment to stop and acknowledge my negative thoughts, and how I am feeling. This will help me realize that almost everything my inner critic says is not true, and to change my beliefs."
To begin, we must be ever vigilant to be present in the moment so that we can be aware of what is. This is not as easy as it sounds. You will find yourself distracted at times because you will forget as your day unfolds, and you react, only to suddenly realize that you've not been aware. This is where your inner critic will jump in with both feet, and you will have the urge to criticize yourself. However, instead of doing that, what you will need to do is to gently remind yourself "Oh, I forgot", and then you will become present once again. Remember that you are changing a lifelong habit.
These small actions can make a big difference. It is about coming together and offering our strength to one another. Together we are uniting our conviction, and echoing the voices of ourselves, and for women and girls everywhere to love ourselves as we are, no matter where we are. It is the energy of the this conviction, and the movement that will propel us all forward into becoming who we wish to truly be, and ultimately, to achieving all that we are striving to achieve, not only here, but in our lives.
Let's “Spark a mini revolution" of loving ourselves! Together we can do it!
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