Day 8: Beware of Body Myths
DAY 8: BEWARE OF BODY-MYTHS
This activity, while challenging, will lay the foundation for a very powerful and necessary shift as you learn to love and accept your body: Calling out the lies you tell yourself about what your body size means.
A body-myth is a core belief that incorrectly assumes that the body you have cannot bring you what you truly want. Your body-myth cuts deep, right into your core; it’s personal and painful. But your body-myth plays a very important part in your self-love journey, as peace comes from actively disputing the myth.
Maybe your myth sounds like, “I’m not pretty enough to pull that outfit off,” or perhaps, “I really shouldn’t eat chocolate, even though I love it,” or the deadly, “When I lose X pounds, then I’ll be worthy.”
Body-myths are like boxes—we feel trapped by their constraints. Myths are also deep, and they stem from more raw feelings lingering below. What beliefs do you have regarding your worthiness? Your ability to be loved for who you are? What does it mean to be “the fat girl” or believe that “love is not for me” or say “I am not allowed to be happy with myself”?
YOUR ACTIVITY TODAY IS TO OPENLY STATE ONE OR TWO (OR MORE) OF YOUR BODY-MYTHS AS WELL AS INVOKE A WAY TO MOVE PAST IT, BY INCLUDING THE CLOSING STATEMENT: “BUT I AM READY TO PROVE THIS MYTH WRONG!”
Since Day 8 is so personal, please honor yourself and your process, and do what feels best for you. Fear is OK to feel—you’re allowed to be scared, but you’re also allowed to grow.
We create myths to fill in the gaps of what we don’t yet understand, and myths serve a purpose: they protect, but not in a useful way anymore. In order to remove the myth, you have to face it. In the More To Love Course, you have the opportunity to face your myth in a loving, supportive, and compassionate way. Ooooor, you can jump on in and give it the ol’ f*** you! :)
My personal body-myth was one of an endless need to fix myself, believing I was broken at my weight and accepting what my body looked like felt impossible. My first published article was about how I broke through my painful body-myth, which you can read here. I remember feeling terrified when I first shared it, but I also felt stronger. This process of airing my myth ignited my body acceptance—I CHANGED. This eventually led to the work here at More To Love.
Openly sharing your myth helps to take the sting out of the lore, so call upon some courage and share within the group page a body-myth that has overstayed its welcome. Later on in the course, we will work again to actively debunk your body-myth, replacing it with something much more fulfilling and empowering. You will get there when you do the work here first—trust me!