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This special installment of Meditations for Manifesting is all about the body. More importantly, it’s about loving our bodies and accepting ourselves for who we are, flaws and all. It takes practice to become comfortable in your own skin again, and meditations in mindfulness can bring us a step closer with each breath.

Your breath will be your anchor today. Let it bring you back when your mind wanders. The breath will steady your thoughts and bring your focus away from the external world and back into the inner world. If distractions are overwhelming, pay attention to your breath as it tickles the tiniest hairs on your upper lip.

Perceiving even the smallest sensation that arises helps to cultivate an attitude of equanimity.

Your mind can be distracted, there’s nothing wrong with that or with the power of your attention. These distractions are natural and your chance to practice being non-judgmental. Just observe that your mind has gone away and bring your attention back to the warmth of your breath on the edge of your nostrils. 

The power of something so tiny can have big changes on the way you perceive yourself. As your focus flows inward and passes through the judgmental thoughts on your way to your subconscious, you’ll realize how easy it is to turn your mind away from the negative thoughts about yourself and toward a more neutral point of view. In this equanimous state, you can begin the meditation to love your body. 

I will guide you through this meditation of love, honor, and respect for our bodies. We will start with the soles of our feet, all the way up to our shining faces. Let the body be as it is in its vulnerable state and do not pass judgment, just feel the sensation of your body as a whole and thank it for the beauty and strength it creates for you.

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If you want to share what you’ve learned on your yoga journey, get in touch with me at [email protected]. You could be invited to guest spot on The Yoga Inspiration Podcast. 

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