Days 11 + 12: Body Love Yoga Challenge {Body Thanks}

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ImageLast night I made a commitment.

A commitment to give gratitude to my body every day.

You would think that since this yoga challenge is prefaced with ‘Body Love’ that I would have been focusing a bit more on that little {big} piece.

The truth is I’m terrified about it.

As much as I want to say I love my body, honor my body, totally embrace and trust it.

Well.  Then I’d be lying.

The real truth is I have been at war in my body my entire life.

Since I can remember I wanted it to look different, I wanted to be different.  And so I spent the last 15+ years trying to will it to change and undoubtedly using food to try and control it.

I have come to believe that eating disorders, disordered eating and body hatred are not about the food or about the body.  Instead I really believe it is simply a symptom for some that our souls are out of alignment with our higher purpose.

Imagine the times in your life when you felt totally in vibration with the world around you, when everything just seemed to flow.  Did thoughts really arise around food, your body and your eating habits?  Or did your eating habits just become second nature and take a backseat to more important things at task – like living your most authentic life?

Yeah me too.

And you know what?  Those times in my life where I did feel completely in vibration with my surroundings, my situation, my experiences – I ate whatever I wanted.  I ate scones – oh did I eat scones! – I ate grains and I ate sugar and I believe I even ate bacon.  Yup at one point, lots of crispy bacon.  And guess what?  I didn’t gain an ounce.  In fact I didn’t even think twice about my food choices.  I just ate when I ate because I was either a) hungry or b) really wanted a bite of what was in front of me.

See I really don’t think it’s our weight or our bodies that dictate our emotions.  I really believe it is the disconnect felt somewhere else in our life circumstances that cause the disordered eating and body hatred. Perhaps it is not accepting a piece of ourself or not fulfilling the gift we’ve been given to serve.

I know I have been given a blessing in the form of my body and health struggles this past year {of which I do plan to share more of in another post once my current vulnerability hangover subsides}.  For now, in the words of my Aunt Sue:

‘I embrace the joy of having a physical body

and so each day I am going to take a minute or two and write a little love note to my body telling her what I am thankful for that day.  I am curious if you have a little love note you’d like to share below on What you can thank your body for today?

So much love, light + sweet gratitude to each of you…

xxoo, Jamie

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  1. Oooh Jamie this is full of such wisdom! I completely agree that our food and body “stuff” comes up when we’re disconnected and not listening to our souls. And in that way, disordered eating can be a gift, because it shows us when something’s not working. When something is off and we need to shift our attention back home. I’m thanking my body today for her sensitivity, for knowing and communicating to me when something needs my attention and love. XO

  2. ” Instead I really believe it is simply a symptom for some that our souls are out of alignment with our higher purpose. ” Beautifully and powerfully stated. I couldn’t agree more. Since I’ve come back to my mission and higher purpose once again this past week, I’ve felt completely at home in my body again. Today I’m thankful for my body’s love of dance and using dance as a healing, prayerful modality. It has more wisdom than my mind can comprehend. I trust my body’s internal guidance. Much love and healing to you!

  3. Today I thank my body for opening to the feminine flow of the erotic universe. And I offer gratitude to the guidance that led me to find the practice that allows me to feel it. Beautifully written and vulnerably shared Jaime. Thank you.

  4. Our food cravings and body obsessions are simply our compass pointing us towards our most revolutionary blissful life….those of us who have “struggled” with these obsessions can be grateful for them and utilize them to continually move us towards alignment with what we really want because when they show up, we know something in life needs to shift.

    Thank you for the reminder to send love to my body because two days ago, in the last week before my due date of my first baby girl, I got my first and only signs of stretch marks. Since I had thought I had escaped these body scares of pregnancy, I felt disappointed to see them suddenly appear this late in the game…..pretty big red streaks up my lower belly. And for a moment I did in fact hate my body…hated it for these new scars as well as the huge amount of pain it has been in for the last two years. So right now I will send love…..to the body that has grown my first little girl….a magic miracle of life that will profoundly change my whole experience of living. I send love to the scar and even the painful back and pelvis that reminds me of the effort my body went through to bring this little girl to life. I love you body. And set the intention to show you love even in the post baby stage of flab and weirdness and newness. My body and I are about to be on another exploration together. A post baby love affair and getting to know each other again :)

    • Tessa this was so beautifully said. I mean just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I am sure so many new mothers feel so many conflicting emotions around their bodies during and after pregnancy. What a gift pregnancy and child birth are no doubt and yet I so honor your authenticity around the truth and reality of how it affects women’s bodies. You have so much to share around this topic to new mothers out there. Thank you so much for sharing your experience; it means so much. So much love to you, your sweet little girl WHO I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET, and your beautiful amazing body that is bringing her into being – what a task that must be for her ;-) xxoo Jamie

  5. “Imagine the times in your life when you felt totally in vibration with the world around you, when everything just seemed to flow. Did thoughts really arise around food, your body and your eating habits? Or did your eating habits just become second nature and take a backseat to more important things at task – like living your most authentic life?”

    Jamie, this blog really grabbed me. I can so relate to the part above! I had a day a couple of months ago when I noticed that I wasn’t craving anything and I felt totally happy to just be where I was even though I was at work. I tend to bury myself in food and most of the time are not aware, but that day I became very aware when all of my cravings had left me. I had been focusing on following my inspiration and my creative flow, I was in vibrational alignment that day.

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