I’ve been reading Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by the late Lynn Grabhorn, a book about using your feelings and the law of attraction to manifest your desires. The Law of Attraction is everywhere: the movie and book The Secret brought the idea into the mainstream; Oprah had a show about it; Esther and Jerry Hicks have been teaching its principles for years; and a slew of life coaches and authors are all saying the same thing: you co-create your life with your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
You can apply these ideas to any arena of your life. I’ve been applying them to my quest to love my body, and have found much success: I feel better about my body than I have in years. And yet, I still feel the ghosts of those lies that try and convince me that I’m not lovable and acceptable unless I have a perfect body.
I’ve got a plan to flush them out, and I’m really excited about it. Here it is:
In Lynn’s book, she offers her 30 days to breakthrough plan to help you transform your habitual negative thinking.
My plan is to use myself as a human guinea pig, and follow Lynn’s plan. For the next 30 days, I will follow her suggestions to break through the remaining vestiges of negativity that I feel about my body. Coincidentally, my experiment will end on October 18, Love Your Body Day: quite fitting. I’ll post regularly at First Ourselves on how I’m doing, the changes I experience, how I feel, and what transformations I notice. I’d love for you to join me and share your experiences, as well.
Here are the rules of the experiment:
1. Remove your attention/focus/thoughts from any big issue or problem that is causing you painful, stressful feelings, such as stress, worry, anxiety, anger, fear, hatred, or disgust. Now, this doesn’t mean removing your attention from every negative issue; it simply means to remove the biggies: the boulders in your path. For my experiment, I’m going to focus on my thoughts about my body.
2. Have a new, “flip-switch” topic for each of the 30 days as something to meditate on and switch to when those negative feelings arise. But there’s a catch: not just any topic will do. While being grateful for your children, a sunny day, or a great deal on a pair of boots is all well and good, for the sake of the experiment, your flip switch must be something you appreciate about yourself.
That’s it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Join me, email your friends, pass it along to your co-workers, digit.com, spread the word, and let’s transform our thinking together.