Today I went early to an appointment at my favourite spa. I was just killing time anyway, so why not wait where there’s herbal tea, soothing music, fresh fruit, and an atmosphere designed entirely to make one feel at ease.
As I sat sipping my tea, I got really clear about why I was there. It wasn’t just a frivolous way to kill some time and spend some cash – I’ve spent a lot of time, energy and joy this past while being mean to my body. I thought about my hair that I neglect because I do not have a body that deserves a crowning glory. I thought about the clothes I haven't bought because I don't want them in this size. And I thought about what a great job my body does, despite my negligence. Today was an opportunity to be loving to it instead.
I don’t need to hate myself for what my body is and isn’t. I don’t need to deprive and punish it into being some other body. This year, it’s time for a little kindness and gentleness, and that started today, after a pause that refreshed and a chance to clear my head.