One of the gifts that I specifically asked for for my birthday was Louise Hay's Healthy Body Cards.
I first saw them at the "Mindful Yoga - Mindful Eating" class that I attended back in February (I blogged about it here). Each participant took turns reading the front and the back sides of the cards while in a yoga pose...and then we took a few tries at other yoga poses while thinking about what was on the card.
I loved that concept - that I could concentrate on a part of my body or an aspect of my body and honor it. Each part of me wants to be taken care of and it serves a purpose. The parts work together to make my body do things it's always wanted to.
I loved the idea of waking up in the morning, reading the card, and then thinking about what that meant to me while showering. I asked my mom for these cards and was thrilled to start using them on the day after my birthday.
So far, it's been a great way to start the day being mindful about my body. It's been a great way to think about how I can show myself more love. Even when I feel unloveable, how can I hate my spleen? It sounds silly, when I put it that way...so I've decided that on days when I feel unloveable, I can celebrate my own parts and at least work to honor them.
Today's card was this:
It reads: "I am the perfect weight for myself at this moment. Yet I have the ability to change my weight if I desire. I am free."
The back of the card simply reads:
"I love my weight."
It's the last line on the front of the card that gets me: I AM FREE.
And we are free - free to make our own choices, free to love our bodies, and free to celebrate in them.
More importantly, we don't need this weight to protect us from whatever feelings or actions we've been afraid of. The extra weight I have? It's what I've had most of my adult life...it represents a lot of pain, a lot of hurt, and a lot of abuse - both from other people and myself.
The beauty of life is that, barring any medical conflict, we can let this weight - and all it symbolizes - go.
We are, quite simply, free.