I propose a new way. Radical Self-Acceptance.
Simply luxuriate in where you are right now.
Ever look in the mirror and think,“Ugh. How did this happen?” Acting hyper-vigilant about parts of the body wising they looked different? If having poor self-image, a great need for acceptance and belonging, and tell the self that it seems unlikely to meet these needs looking a way. Strategy: a change of physical appearance. Like Sark, I embrace radical self-acceptance.
Every morning while lathering in the shower, caress every part of the body and say aloud the reasons for appreciation of it. In Toltec cultures, this gets called a Puja. A sacred act of honoring the body. If said aloud, it begins to shift the way the brain sees the body.
The brain believes what told to it and helps find ways to prove what believed. It desires to create 'truth'. If teaching the brain not to like looks, it helps make that 'true'.
Change how we look at ourselves, we change out truth and then can meet needs for acceptance and belonging. Try this to see and experience a shift. This a powerful morning routine, as important as drinking water.
Try honoring your body with a Puja every morning for the next two weeks.