Acceptance is a word I know very little about. If I am being brutally honest, it is a word that I am not very good at using in my own life or towards others.
People that have hurt me, things that I have done that I am ashamed of or regret…I struggle to find a way to “accept” them.
When I first got really honest with myself and admitted that I had a dis-jointed relationship to food and a real bitterness towards my body, I was surprised to see just how much actual emotionality and trauma began to come out.
I discovered that I had been using my food and my body as a sponge.
Any pain from the world, my past, people was absorbed directly into my obsessive food behaviors and constant need for “bettering” my physical body.
I knew I had food issues, but I had no idea that they were the glass jar for which all the pain of my life was being held in.
The thing about letting go of dieting is that you are not just deciding to end your negative relationship with food, You are deciding to end your negative relationship with yourself.
You are deciding to end your negative relationship with everyone and everything that has ever hurt you.
I don’t know about you, but that kind of scares the crap out of me. LOL.
I had hoped and really, just assumed that to heal from food meant to be willing to eat whatever I wanted again and have peace around it. That is certainly part of the healing process, for sure.
The other part is body acceptance.
Women do not realize just how much we have been programmed to hate our bodies. We want to see ourselves as strong, powerful, capable and successful women.
Dieting has engrained in us that to change our bodies is to showcase these strengths.
I am learning that it is the exact opposite!
To chase after a body that relies on me restricting food and have anxiety over missing a workout in order to achieve and then maintain that body is not at all empowering. It is not at all a sign of success but of subservience.
So what then are we left with?
How then are we to go about our lives with fat rolls, thigh rubs and cellulite?
Is that not a sign of defeat? Have we not made a proclamation to the world around us that we have given up?
What we are doing is showing the world that we accept our bodies. By doing so, we show our great courage, our trust in God’s creation and love of us and our spiritual light that makes us not of this world but one who is being transformed.
God wants us not to transform our bodies into picture perfect, photoshopped, cookie cutter shapes. He wants us to transform our minds into free-thinking, all loving, totally accepting, honorable followers of Christ.
Since acceptance is such a foreign concept to me, I decided to look the word up to try and get a better grasp on just what it means to accept.
I came across these three descriptive words of the definition that made it so clear to me: Tolerance, Endurance and Charity.
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