Apologize to Yourself

November 13, 2017 in Recovery

I think a lot. It’s who I am. I’m a thinker. Sometimes that’s great, sometimes that’s bad. But I embrace it regardless.

One thing I think a lot about is how we treat ourselves. The way I have treated myself is definitely a valid reason for why I reflect so much on this topic, but also I see many other people treating themselves so poorly. And it really does hurt my heart.

Whether it’s negative self-talk, falling victim to an eating disorder, letting the mirror dictate how you feel, comparing yourselves to others, self-harming, pushing yourself day-in and day-out with excessive exercise, or not accepting yourself for who you truly are; all of these actions are actions of cruelty against the self.

Think how many bad things you have said in regards to your body. Maybe you’re ashamed of it. Ashamed of how you look. Or maybe you just simply hate your body and can find no appreciation for it, because it is not “thin enough” or “toned enough.” And when you’re getting caught in this thought cycle, have you ever once just said, “I am sorry, body.” For your body is not something you should be ashamed of. How could you carry an abundance of hatred for something that has taken you through life thus far, allows you to breath, and pumps blood throughout your body? Your body, it is not bad nor has it ever been bad. And just because you have some belly rolls and stretch marks on your thighs does not qualify it to be bad. So please, apologize to your body. Your body is an unappreciated miracle.

Think of how many destructive things you have done to your body. Restricting. Purging. Self-harm. Laxative abuse. Overexercise. You have harmed yourself. You have hurt your body. You have hurt something that works relentlessly to keep you alive. Give your body an apology for that. For the destructive behaviors you have done against it. It never asked to be treated that way. Your body never deserved those acts of harm.

We are so hard- on ourselves, on our bodies. I see so many individuals go on in this life hating themselves. But hate is heavy, and we must let it go. 

“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.” -Rumi

We must wash ourselves of our own love, even if we feel like it’s impossible to find. We must stop treating our bodies with such cruelty. We must apologize to ourselves for the hate we projected onto ourselves. We never deserved that hate. Our bodies are the one piece of the universe we’ve been given- how amazing is that? We must be softer with ourselves friends. We are enough. Our bodies are crafted so wonderfully. We do not need to hurt them.

You are so whole and complete as you are. It’s time to just give yourself a hug, apologize to your body, soften, and let go. 

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light.”

Give yourself a hug today friends. Let your light shine. You are SO incredibly enough. Wishing you all a happy Monday. <3 xoxo

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9 Comments

  • Reply steffie November 13, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Love————Love—————–Love——————-Love————“Love—————

  • Reply Nicole @ Bento Momentos November 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Definitely needed to hear this today. It’s easy to be your own harshest critic. That’s a great quote by Rumi 🙂

  • Reply Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off November 13, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I adore this. You are a ray of light, and thank you for being you <3
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  • Reply Melanie November 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I love this Alyssa. Our bodies do so much for us, yet we can be so hard on them. I really want to make an effort to appreciate my body more… <3 why should I hate my legs when they take me everywhere? or feel bad about my stretch makes when they are a natural sign of growth/change? Thank you for this!

  • Reply Sarah November 13, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Such a great reminder Lyss <3
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  • Reply Claire B. November 14, 2017 at 12:22 am

    <3 Your posts are always a bright spot in my day! Thank you for reminding us that we're worthy of our own love, no matter how "flawed" we feel.
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  • Reply Naomi November 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Oh thank you for this. Our bodies are amazing, but it’s so easy to fall into a downward spiral of destructiveness. This is such a needed reminder.
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  • Reply Evangeline @Nutrition on a Mission November 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    The quote from Rumi is beautiful. Thanks for this <3
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  • Reply Jess.patty November 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Love this so much. So happy I finally got around to reading your blog

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