My intent today was to show loving kindness to others. What I realized as I huffed and puffed my way through my yoga class (judging myself all along the way), is that the first person I need to show loving kindness to is myself. I know this is likely obvious to most, but it is so entrenched in me to judge myself negatively that I didn’t even realize I am not kind and loving toward myself.
I am going to consciously work on this over the next few days. When I get dressed in the morning and look at myself in the mirror, I am not going to berate myself for gaining weight. When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror at the yoga studio, i am not going to immediately avert my eyes. If I can’t reach down and grab the bottom of my foot and hold it because i have some chub in the way, I am not going to feel ashamed.
Everything starts with ourselves. Here is to true acceptance and peace.