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Your Body Hears Everything You Think

You can't call your body names without hearing it yourself.  Because we are our bodies, the feeling that we are yelling at someone else is an illusion.  Your "body self" is you, and it may have been hearing a lot of abuse for a long time.

Try this exercise.  Print off the page (in landscape mode) and fill in the table.  What are the characteristic things you say about your body?  Write them in the "old tapes" cell.  Then go to the cell to the right and write how you feel when you hear someone talking about you that way.   Next, go to the cell to the right and write a phrase that is just the opposite of the "old tape";  for example, if your old tape is negative, write something glowingly positive.  Then write how you feel hearing someone saying that.   Next, write something about that part or aspect of your body that is descriptively true (as if you are explaining what you see to someone who can't see it) but not loaded with good or bad associations.  Then write how you feel hearing someone say that.

After you do the exercise with a few of your "tapes" step back and look at the chart.  What are your thoughts and feelings as you notice how you talk to yourself?  Are there any changes you would like to make?


The old tapes: Feelings: The opposite: Feelings: The truth: Feelings:
















 Are there any things you would like to say to your "body self" more often?  Go back and highlight them, and then try our Body Appreciation Meditation.

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