How I learned to satisfy my insatiable hunger and feed my soul
52 Ways to Love Your Body came from the desire to share the practices that helped me heal my body image in a form you can carry around with you in your pocket.
I was especially inspired by neuropsychologist Rick Hansen’s book, Just One Thing, which contains weekly practices for re-wiring your brain in the direction of happiness and well-being. It makes a huge difference to embrace small, daily changes in how we think about our bodies to move more in the direction of loving yourself.
The book is divided into 52 chapters, so you could go through one per week, or just open it up and see what tugs at your heart. It’s good to try out a practice multiple times and see if it works for you, and then put it in your toolbox for when you need it. You could also use the book to create a daily love your body practice where you string several tools together to give yourself a daily dose of body love. And integrate them slowly into your life, not all at once. The idea is to create a body love practice that you can sustain and enjoy through good times and bad.
How about me? Well, since you’re here, I’ll give you a glimpse into some of my daily “love your body” rituals: Every morning I do self-massage, I eat a yummy breakfast, I get on my mat for some downward dog and child’s pose, I do some lovingkindness meditation, I look at myself in the mirror with affection, and I try to make a new Love Your Body Instagram meme to post for myself and everyone else who needs it. There are also things I DON’T do, (like weigh myself) and they’re just as important. But the point isn’t to adopt my daily practice—it’s to find your own. Use 52 Ways to Love Your Body to inspire you to create daily routines of self-love that help you let go of self-criticism and give you the energy and support you need to meet your whole big life.
And I’m here for you. If you have body image questions for me, check out my blog here and shoot me an email. I’ll do my best to respond to your question with the radical compassion you and your body deserve.