The other day while waiting to get my hair done I was skimming through a magazine. The magazine from around New Years and was full of tips, tricks and life hacks for better resolutions that wouldn’t require much work. I am of the belief that while we all find comfort in things that are less work if we really want something we need to be willing to do the work. As I flipped through a quote promoting someones fitness plan on one of the pages really spoke to me.
“We want women to workout because they love their body, not because they hate it.”
I don’t know anything about the fitness plan associated with the quote but a few things about this struck me and made me really think. Do I ever workout because I love myself or specifically my body? Do I workout because I want to or because I feel there is something or some part I want to change about myself? Why do I want to change those things? Do I just want to be healthy or am I trying to be something or someone else? This quote may have resonated so much because I have been reading Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle, she talks a lot about her inner self and her outer self or “her representative” and how we act in relation to what we think we need to be. Since starting yoga a few months ago a new goal of mine is just being open to change, being open to presence and just being positive, you don’t have to solve all the problems today just the ones that are happening right now. Glennon touches on that as well when she says
“I do know what to do, just never more than one moment at a time”
I thought to myself I am always happy that I went to yoga or the gym after the fact but I am often dragging myself there, why is that and can I change that? So from that quote about loving yourself instead of hating yourself I made my next right choice. I will shift my focus in my workouts to be more about loving myself and choosing to do for myself. No more workouts out of obligation or attempting to be or not be whatever image it is I have in my mind. One of my yoga teachers said recently
“What if that pain or discomfort is actually something good, shift your focus, you are feeling yourself getting stronger.” –Carlene Benelli
In her book she says
” Don’t avoid the pain, you need it, it’s meant for you, be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you with the fuel you’ll burn to get your work done on this earth”
So I leave you with that idea, what if we all just shift our focus? What if pain can be growth? What if we do everything out of love for ourselves and love for others?