A Body Acceptance Manifesto

Body, more than anything, you must know you are both beautiful and enough. Exactly as you are, in this very moment.

The only words deserving of you come from a place of admiration and appreciation. Disgust, hate and fat have no place for you.

I wholeheartedly believe you are beautiful. Negative judgements – from others or my unconscious self – do not reflect you. I promise another perspective will not be given the power to undermine you.

I know that scales don’t define your worthiness. You are filled with an abundance of warmth, compassion and love. No number changes that.

I accept you will change, and that you will wrinkle, expand and sag. But know this will never change your beauty, nor how I feel about you.

I am aware there will always be slimmer, taller and more defined bodies than you. Yet your beauty is unique, and can never be diminished by the presence of another.

I commit to always being grateful for you, as you exist to always support and look after me. My words cannot express how much I admire you, or how thankful I am to have you.

I choose to feel pride and joy when sharing you. I will not hide you, or feel ashamed by you, when being with another. It is a privilege to give them the opportunity to admire and cherish you, exactly as I have learnt to.

Nutritious eating, regular exercise and adequate rest are not only aspirations for you. They are each daily practices. It is both my responsibility, and my privilege, to respect and nourish you.

Yet the greatest gift I can give you is my unconditional love. A love that supports you into becoming the best and healthiest version of you.

Although you may not be there yet, my admiration for you now is possible because I understand you are both a work of art, and a work in progress. Just as I am, too.

Body, I love you. All of you. Truly, deeply, unconditionally.

[Download and print the body acceptance manifesto for free, here.]

5 responses

  1. Indeed, we are works in progress. And with the healthy affirmations you espouse (and I believe, practice) here, each of us can become even better versions of ourselves. This is a validating and inspiring post, Tim. Thanks!

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  2. My best friend has a mind coach who makes her say certain things to herself in the mirror everyday. Part of what she says revolves around her body image and telling herself she is beautiful. I like that you add the word “enough.” It’s my understanding that mind coaching helps people to change their perspective and idea of themselves. Thanks for the manifesto!

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    • Thanks so much Annie. I also use affirmations often. They can be a great tool to change our thinking, emotions and behaviour, and thus help us to achieve our goals and well-being. Enjoy the manifesto!

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