Feeling grateful isn’t going to set you free. There may be a time and place for gratitude, but gratitude alone cannot lead you to make peace with your body. You cannot thank your way to self-love. Being thankful is about comparing this moment to another, to your life to someone else’s. Being grateful no matter how noble it might be isn’t being present to who you are right now in this very moment. If you were truly in this moment you would not have to look to your past self or those around you to validate your goodness, to validate you wholeness, to find contentment.
Would you believe, I don’t ever say to myself any more “look how far you come?” Other people tell me now all the time, now that the results of my radical hateloss have solidified in the outside world. I was happy at 320lbs (after gaining back 60lbs) a summer ago when the radical hateloss happened in my life. I didn’t have to lose a pound first. I was set free the moment that I finally realized who I was had nothing to do with my body,
I am so very grateful this Thanksgiving. I am grateful for the healthy and strong body that I have. But I am even more grateful for the peace & contentment I have with myself. I am ecstatically grateful that I now know that true health is about acceptance and love. That true health doesn’t come through struggle and sacrifice, rather through ease and joy.
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"There are more superficial forms of gratitude, and that is not what we are talking about. By that I mean, to be grateful that someone else is worse off than you are… sometimes that is a source of gratitude. People say “Oh I really should be grateful, because look at this person – they are worse off than I am, so I should be grateful.” That’s not the true gratitude, that’s the gratitude that is arrived at through thinking, where you compare yourself to others.P.S.
The deeper gratitude is not arrived at through some conceptual process, where you explain to yourself why you should be grateful. That’s a superficial form of gratitude, that’s not really what it is, that’s ultimately to do with ego.
More fundamental than the true form of gratitude is the deep sense of appreciation. It’s not to do with what you are telling yourself in your head, it’s something that you sense in the present moment, it’s an appreciation of the “is-ness” of this moment. "
....and I am grateful that I can now do double unders (passing the rope overhead twice in one jump)!