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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Background: I watched this ... movie isn't exactly the right term, sort of a cross between movie and documentary, but not really either one... anyway. The point is, it was about positive thinking and how it affects our self perception, and how our self perception and thoughts affect our body.

One illustration they had of this was a woman looking at her body in a mirror and what she sees is grossly distorted from reality, but that doesn't change the fact that *that's what she sees* and it affects how she feels about herself and she calls herself fat and ugly and stupid and all sorts of horrible, horrible words.

The turning point is, of course, when she stops talking (and thinking!) negatively about herself when she has this epiphany, and we find her in the bathroom with an eye liner pencil drawing hearts and "I *heart* U"s and beautiful scrolly designs on her body.

Which of course appeals instantly to me being a henna addict. But that got me thinking...

What if we told ourselves every morning that we were beautiful, that we loved ourselves, that we deserve to be happy, what if we really told ourselves all those things we want to hear but always deny are true because our perceptions are so warped.

So this morning I grabbed my eyeliner pencil, the one I never use anyway, and I wrote happy messages to myself on my legs and did a little happy design-work. And that's it. They're there. They're covered by my jeans, obviously, but *I* know they're there, and when I think of it it makes me happy, not just because I'm a little crazy like that and like to draw on myself, but because of *what* I wrote.

It's nice.

Give it a try. Take whatever you have handy and write positive or encouraging things on your body. It's interesting how it can affect you even just thinking about the fact you have happy thoughts on!
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