It's Not Worth the Anxiety

I can’t tell you the number

of healthy students I have had cry to me about their body shape.

Beautiful women and men

who deserve to feel really good about themselves

caught in a spiral of negativity.

While I always have compassion for my students

the bottom line is that



It’s not worth the anxiety.

The practice is mentally changing the subject

when those superficial self loathing thoughts creep in.

Just acknowledge them

and then gently but firmly steer your mind

in the direction of gratitude.

Start simple:

“I can walk”- amazing!

“I can breathe”-amazing!

“I get to go to yoga”-amazing!!!

And if there is someone

who makes you feel badly about

putting on a little weight

Eff that!

That’s them pushing their values,

control issues and whatever else on to you.

It’s silliness, ignore it.

Keep up with your gratitude practice.

I know it’s not always easy, but don’t give up.

The longer you’ve been body shaming yourself

The longer it will take to rewrite

those thought patterns

Practice, practice, practice.

As a teen I suffered from body image issues

and the solution wasn’t

in blaming myself, my parents or society.

It was in gaining perspective.

The world is entitled to their opinions

and I’m entitled to choose happiness.

My weight and body shape fluctuates a bit

but so what?

Looking good isn’t number one.

Giving back to my community,

celebrating life with my friends and family

those are my priorities.

Eat, drink and be merry.

I do my best to exercise moderation

but sometimes it’s hard so I put on weight.

Then after a period of indulgence

I’ll shift to smaller dinners and fewer carbs

and I lean out.

Bottom line is that I am happy and

fit enough to be able to do yoga

and party with my loved ones.

Life is good.

If you want to worry,

there are real problems out there

the world is a scary place for some people.

Volunteer in a soup kitchen, or an AIDS clinic,

do something to give back

it boosts self-esteem and grants perspective.

Truth is I don't always love what I look like,

but I've got better things to do

then to worry about it.



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