Buzz terms like self-care and self-love have taken hold in the fitness industry — at least, on a superficial level. As someone who used to gaze at #fitspo photos on Pinterest for hours to fuel my aggressive workout and nutrition routine, I’ve wondered for years about how the changing body-positive tide could coexist with the fitness industry.
Self-punishing serves as a guise for an issue that many of us face: lack of self-worth. Did I really want to work out until couldn’t stand? No. Did the years of emotional neglect create a wound that I had no idea how to heal? Yes. Taking time to heal led me to see this issue for what it really was - a turn away from the truth.
Every single soul has a dharma to fulfill when they take on this lifetime. It doesn’t have to be a large, far-reaching purpose. Whatever it is, without it, our experience on this earth doesn’t feel quite right, regardless of external circumstances.
The journey from borderline shopping addict to minimalist is one of my most personal. I bought clothes, shoes, makeup, you name it, all in an effort to fill the void. The culture we live in promotes this, and more of us than you think fall victim. Read about my personal journey, along with the way the fast fashion industry is harming the world.
I used to think toughness was how much you could endure and how quickly you could harden yourself against the darkness. Little did I know, this belief was blocking me from the light.