“Body hatred has been defined as a personal problem. But it is a social problem. It is not accidental or incidental. It is induced, injected, and programmed…..The antidote to body hatred is social activism and community. None of us is strong enough to stand up to the daily onslaught of propaganda, imagery, programming, seduction, and mind control. But as a group, we can shift the tyranny. ” – Eve Ensler, playwright.
The theme in the lululemon athletica online community this week has been “Love your Body”. This topic may not be anything new, yet important to talk about on the REGULAR. We ALL could use the reminder to CELEBRATE our bodies.
It is a constant challenge to love your body in the Fitness Industry. In the world that sells “HARDER . BETTER . FASTER . STRONGER .” its extremely difficult to be satisfied with who you ALREADY ARE.
“Get Bigger Biceps!” “Lean, Toned Legs” “Loose Weight” “Gain Muscle” “Get a 6 pack now” “Tone Those Trouble Areas!”……. the list goes ON and ON… and just promotes dis-satisfaction.
In the image obsessed business its difficult to resist the human urge to criticize or compare. I find it helpful to recognize negative thoughts and counter them with positive ones. Bring consciousness to the stream of thoughts you direct toward your body (I need Botox. Why am I so dense? I hate, hate, hate my nose). Once you’ve noticed your own abusive mantras, begin countering each one with some sort of genuine praise….. If you loathe your upper arm “flab”, make yourself think that your arm, flab and all, can participate in procedures as graceful as waving goodbye to as powerful as shifting a car into gear…. This may feel silly at first, but if you pay attention you’ll find that countering abuse with praise has a wonderful effect on your own body. To practice positive self acknowledgment and acceptance. To say “I LOVE MY BODY” often and with real commitment.
Self-Love should be a routine practice. We need to regularly HONOR who we are. We need to say “I LOVE MY BODY” often and with real commitment. Thank you lululemon for the POSITIVE REMINDER!! Lets continue to build a community that brings CONSCIOUSNESS to negative body image and promotes self acceptance.
Join us and start today – look in the mirror and say, “I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU” to your body.
“I love my body by keeping it well hydrated. I love my body by taking days off when I need them. I love my body because it is strong enough to give REALLY good hugs. I love my voice because it sings during spin class. I love my legs because they carry me ALL over SF….. (and look great in spandex ;)!”
Life is too short…. Start now: How do you LOVE your Body?
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.”
“Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it – it is the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.”