Today I stood in front of the mirror.
I looked at myself.
I slightly twisted my body to pose in positions that smoothed out those places that had a little extra "padding".
And I was okay with my body.
In fact, I actually smiled.
I found this quite interesting.
Because yesterday morning, I had looked at my body and been disappointed about those areas that weren't shaped exactly how I wanted them to be.
Yesterday, I was fearful about going to a friend's cottage next weekend, because I thought about being in a bathing suit and looking "gross".
Yesterday, I had slightly twisted my body into positions that smoothed out those places that had a little extra padding too.
But instead of smiling, like I did this morning...
Yesterday, I had actually said "ugh" out loud.
Yesterday, I had turned away from the mirror in shame.
So, what the hell happened in just 24 hours that caused such a difference - to create two opposite reactions?
The power of suggestion.
Yesterday afternoon, I had a session with my coach, Tina Mai, and to my surprise, part of my homework was to look in the mirror and appreciate my body, and all it does for me.
And to pose in positions of how I want my future self to look.
Not gonna lie, it kinda blew my mind that I had randomly done mirror work yesterday morning, because it was before Tina had even assigned the task to me.
And while yes, yesterday I had chosen to focus on the negative parts of my body, none the less, I had studied it in the mirror - which is something I rarely do.
So this morning, I took her suggestion to heart.
I looked in the mirror and instead of seeing my "faults"...
Today, I saw a stomach that somehow looked flatter.
Today, I saw that my "back fat" wasn't actually as bad as I had thought it was yesterday.
Today, I saw poised shoulders.
Today, I saw my beautiful tattoos.
Today, I saw hips that curved and added shape to my body.
Today, I saw two strong legs that support me every day.
(Sidenote: I had recently listened to a podcast where a woman talked about losing both her legs to a random infection, so I appreciated my legs even more this morning.)
And the trick of this assignment is that...
It's a bit of a mind fuck.
Because after I took in all the amazingness of my body - and felt appreciation for it carrying me through life, day in and day out...
I spent almost zero time slightly twisting my body into what I want it to look like in the future.
I smiled at my reflection in the mirror almost immediately after doing a few quick poses.
All I felt was love.
Not being gross.
Not saying "ugh".
Not feeling shame.
I was content with my body.
I was okay with the shell my soul lives in.
And while I still have goals to make myself healthier...
They're now coming from a place of love.
They're coming from a place of gratitude for what I already have.
And a desire to consistently enhance the badassery of me.
Mind. Body. Soul.
All this, from a simple homework assignment from my coach.
So I offer you the opportunity to look in the mirror.
And appreciate what you see.
Look for the beauty.
And feel love.
The power of suggestion...
What an amazing mindset shift.