This is a topic I'm very passionate about! In my coaching sessions and retreats, I weave in this idea of embracing ourselves FULLY! The FULLY part has to be in all caps because it's heavy and comes with a lot of shit! It's easy to say we embrace ourselves and yet in our minds, we have a list of things we notice or would love to change about ourselves.
Embracing ourselves FULLY means seeing all the "imperfections" and knowing it's those imperfections that make us unique - not weak. Allow yourself to look at the much bigger picture ... your soul. How do you show up in the world? What is the energy you carry? How do you treat other people? At the end of the day, this is what you'll remember not the x amount of pounds you obsessed about losing or the dark circles you have under your eyes.
I used the dark circle's example because that's what inspired me to blog about this today. I've been having some wicked histamine issues recently that I'm trying to get to the bottom of. The result has been some uncomfortable symptoms, mostly on my face. I've had random flare-ups that cause red, patchy areas as well as pain. I've been working with a naturopath to get to the bottom of it but I decided that I needed to do my part.
I wear all natural makeup that does not contain toxins and I continued to try and cover up these spots on my face. My skin was in such distress that I finally said, "Heather pump the breaks and go into self-care mode." This meant putting nothing on my face other than healthy oils. This also meant exposing something else I've been self-conscious about my entire life, the dark circles under my eyes. Here I am years later feeling that familiar feeling when I look in the mirror and it has the potential to trigger all kinds of things.
It makes me feel incredibly naked and vulnerable but I also know that my dark circles do not define me! I know that i'm still a great human, doing wonderful things in the world and that's way more important to me. Not only that but my self- care is far more important. I have learned to honor and listen to my body because it's our guide to healing. I know I will get to the bottom of this and I'll be healthier for it.
I also know I need to do my part in the nutrition department too. I will be following a low histamine diet for a few weeks to give my body a chance to heal. It will mean cutting out things I enjoy like alcohol, fermented foods, nuts, coffee, and a handful of fruits and veggies. Is it a drag? Yes, especially since I have a few events this week. However, like I said, I've made my self-care a non-negotiable. There will be more events and it's worth it in the long run. The sacrifices you make for your health are always worth it!
When I look in the mirror ...
I embrace my dark circles because they symbolize my Italian heritage.
I embrace my strong and beautiful body and I'm thankful for what it allows me to do.
I embrace the rashes on my skin because they will guide me to better health.
I embrace all of my imperfections because they make me unique.
I embrace the impact I can have in my community and the world.
I embrace all of ME!