As I got out of the shower earlier this week, I stood in front of the mirror, and I looked.
I looked at myself and I thought, Molly, you look pretty tonight. Your skin looks good and your body is strong. I took a breath, and I felt deep joy from within that made its way out of my being and curved itself up and into a smile.
As I smiled, deep lines under and around my eyes appeared. The same deep lines that always appear under and around my eyes when I smile. The lines that have always made it slightly uncomfortable for me to smile a huge smile while looking someone else or myself in the eye.
But my joy wasn’t going to allow those lines to steal the show – not this time.
This feeling was sacred and I was oozing with radiant love for myself.
I looked in the mirror, and I smiled even bigger.
This is what happens when you realize how precious you are.
You start to love all parts of you exactly as they are today. You stop labeling them good or bad or ugly or pretty or fat or thin or aging or fresh. It’s just YOU. It’s part of your grand show. Part of your magic. Part of what makes up the unique and awe-inspiring human that you are.
Having unwavering love and acceptance for ALL of your parts can only come from the inside out. Try as you might, you can never get that feeling from the outside in. It doesn’t go in that direction. As a side note, having love and acceptance for yourself exactly as you are right now does not mean you should stop working to support your body and your health. It just means you accept yourself wherever you are in the process.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I found intense self love and acceptance as a result of finally choosing ME.
When I chose me over and over and over and over again, even when it was hard, and especially when I didn’t want to, I eventually settled into my being with grace, gratitude, acceptance and love.
I chose myself when I quit drinking.
I chose myself when I quit smoking cigarettes.
I chose myself when I went plant based.
I chose myself when I made the decision to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
I chose myself when I stopped looking for happiness outside of myself.
I chose myself when I took responsibility for my future.
I chose myself when I learned to let shit go that doesn’t matter.
I chose myself when I worked like hell to break my codependency.
I chose myself when I stopped diminishing exactly who I am in order to make other people more comfortable.
I chose myself when I committed to a daily movement practice.
I choose myself every single day when I follow the Lighten Up food guidelines.
When you choose YOURSELF and you start showing up, love will start growing inside of your belly.
And when it eventually spills over and out into the universe, it will stop you in your tracks. You will smile. You will hold yourself close, and to ALL of your parts, you will say, thank you. I love you.
When was the last time you chose yourself? Talk to us in the comments below.
Cilantro-Radish Avocado Toast
Cilantro-Radish Avocado Toast
- 100 % whole wheat or sprouted bread slices toasted
- Avocado sliced
- Red radishes thinly sliced
- Cilantro chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lime wedges optional
Gently mash some avocado onto your slice(s) of toast.
Add a layer of radish slices, then sprinkle with cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Hit it with a little squeeze of lime, if you want. (We think you want it!)
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with choosing you.