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.
With the recent rise of feminine energy across the planet, it’s causing some discomfort in our masculine-dominated society. We aren’t used to two opposites peacefully existing in the west and from this issue sprung the buzzword “balance”.
Body positivity originally made me excited for the future. As I’ve progressed, I seen it for what it really is: another way to focus on the external rather than the inherent worth of the soul that lies within.
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.
When you honor yourself first thing in the morning, it sends a powerful message to the universe. A meditation practice is so much more than just quiet time, it helps you cut through your human experience to hear the silent call of your highest purpose.
I knew I would write about what happened seven years one day, but I had no idea it would be from this lens. I now see heartbreak for what it truly is: an opportunity to heal the coping mechanisms of your ego.
When life tries us, we have two options. To grit our teeth and keep moving, thinking that it’s simply part of life and that we must overcome to make something of ourselves. The other option is to fully experience the low points, showing up for the healing hiding in every shadow.
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’m sorry” used to end every sentence I spoke. While I knew that I shouldn’t apologize all the time, my energy still stayed in that frequency. Once I committed to shifting my energy, I found a deep need to protect it from giving my power away with statements like, “I’m sorry”.