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Blessed am I...

Monday, August 20, 2012

I love to watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday on OWN on Sundays. Yesterday one of her guests was Sarah Ban Braenach who wrote Simple Abundance and Something More. She was saying joy is our birthright, and that we should stop wounding ourselves.

Women especially, are super critical of themselves. We betray ourselves with self-loathing. She told one lady in the audience to stand naked in front of a mirror and repeat for 35 days, "Blessed am I to live in such a beautiful temple."

The lady asked, "Do I have to do it NAKED?" Ban Braenach said that she could just start from the neck up and work her way down.

I tried it today. I tried not to criticize the body parts that still need so much work. I tried to send love to that image in the mirror, and gratitude for all the activities my body allows me to do.

After saying it about 3 times, it wasn't so bad.
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    I've looked at the pictures you posted. It shouldn't be too hard for you to do. ;-)

    However, I'll tell you that one of my inspirations to lose weight was that I didn't recognize the guy I was seeing in the mirror. We have to be realistically critical. If I'd loved myself too much when I was 50 pounds overweight, I'd still be 50 pounds overweight, and my health and energy has improved tremendously since just a few pounds into losing that weight.
    2908 days ago
    Beautiful blog!!!! I love this idea!!!
    2909 days ago
    That is a great idea. I am truly blessed as well. My hubbie of 39 years watches me get dressed every morning and tells me how great I look. It is such an upper it lasts all day.
    2909 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/20/2012 4:38:37 PM
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    Thanks so much for sharing this with me. I am hyper-super critical of myself. Today I wrote in my journal all the things that made me unhappy and then what I could do to make myself happy. What I realized is that I was doing what I could to change the things I did not like, except my perception was warped! Not giving credit oneself is the same thing as not honoring your body. I am going to try this. Bit by bit - first with a towel, I think.
    2909 days ago
    Oh...I love it!! Thanks for the reminder of how we are blessed each day to have these amazing bodies to live in!!! Off to exercise and you have given me a wonderful motivation to keep my mind on the positive!! Have a bit of a cold and so needed this reminder!! Thanks and Hugs Barb
    2909 days ago
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