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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

I am not my body. But my body is the vehicle that people identify as me. So if you look at me and see an obese woman in her mid 60's, who struggles sometimes to move the vehicle around in the world, that is true. But the real me is the spirit that lives inside this vehicle. It is the soul that came out of nowhere and will return to ?? when I am finished with this earthly journey.

I often forget that I am not my body. And when I forget, I begin to get very caught up in all the traps of the ego. I want to look a certain way, I want to dress up in beautiful clothes and spend a lot of money on makeup and all sorts of diet gimmicks that may or may not help my vehicle run better. Gosh sometimes I even fantasize about cutting away parts of my vehicle to look younger or thinner.

But when I remember that I am not my body -- then I feel free. I can soar like a bird, or sway like the wind. I can be the beautiful music that soothes my soul and I can dance like the best ballerina. And when I find myself struggling with wanting to eat too much food, I can remind myself that my vehicle only needs the finest fuel to keep it tuned up to its best running condition.

You may or may not agree with what I believe. You won't hurt my feelings - because I am not attached to what other people think about me. But when I become attached to what others think, then I begin to struggle with thinking that I have to be a certain way. I get caught up in the TV commercials, the pressure of society to look a certain way. And when I remember that I am not my body, I can truly love myself and love my body. And when I feel that love I know that I want to treat this vehicle the best that I can to take me through the rest of this lifetime as healthy as I possibly can.
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  • no profile photo CD13989785
    emoticon just our package, each unique & worthy emoticon

    I find it interesting that through the millennia people have tried to define beauty standards for others to achieve... all silly... clean, healthy, vigorous, happy, free, soaring, forward looking... when I think of what matters, it never boils down to the wrappings but the contents... and in case you didn't know, u make a difference in my life... just as you are, no matter how you are :)
    2497 days ago
    This is beautiful, Joann, just like you! It is really true ~ I've had to remind myself of this, more than once, lately. I was fantasizing, just yesterday, about cutting off this 'apron' of fat around my belly. If we don't learn to love ourselves NOW, just the way we are, losing weight won't be the answer. Very well said ~ thank you because I needed to read this. :)

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    2505 days ago
    I like that, I should try to remember that.
    2509 days ago
    That's a pretty powerful perspective. Thank you for the encouragement on my blog :)
    2509 days ago
    emoticon You are beautiful! The words you have written are so true! We are the spirit first and always, no matter what our bodies look like.

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    2511 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    emoticon Good attitude!!
    I feel the same way about myself. Took me awhile to get there, but I am happier now that I can love who I am now. But, the reason I am pushing to lose weight is to be healthier, not for looks or anything else. It is a freedom of sorts to not worry about what others think-makes life less stressful!! emoticon
    2515 days ago
    ... but you are awesome!

    2517 days ago
  • _BABE_
    emoticon I am done beating myself up too! It really only is when you really love yourself that you give back the best treatment...funny how that is huh?
    2521 days ago
    emoticon Great mindset!!
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