naked_beautyI love to look at myself naked; Naked in vulnerability; Naked in truth, and yes, NAKED.  We should all learn to love to look at ourselves naked. There are so many times in which we feel as though we are less than what we are worth, and we don’t take the time to look honestly at ourselves and appreciate our own inner and outer beauty.

It is so important to be able to look at that nakedness, look ourselves right in the eyes and say: “I love you. You are beautiful, just as you are”.   

It is important to do so, especially when you are naked in all aspects, because that is when you are the truest form of yourself.  Sometimes we can be so harsh on ourselves, trying to live up to unrealistic expectations imposed on us by society.  It can be really damaging. That’s why even on my hardest days, days when I have moments when I feel much less than perfect, I force myself to look in the mirror and say I love you.  Because even if my mother or neighbor thinks I am beautiful, wonderful, and amazing, it has no value if I don’t appreciate that which is already within me, and it is of the utmost importance that we truly value and love ourselves as we grow throughout the journey of life.

There is an art to learning to value and appreciate oneself, and it simply starts by loving yourself when you are completely naked in every sense of the way. When we are naked, we are honest, and true progress can only begin when we are honest with ourselves. A person that truly values and appreciates their worth treats themselves well, and in turn, treats those around them even better.

One essential component of valuing oneself is taking the time to exercise and eat well.  It is one of the simplest ways to say to yourself:  I love you, I am going to take good care of you today.  When you take good care of your body, your body, in turn, takes good care of you. Immunity goes up when you exercise and eat right, making you less prone to sickness.  Science continues to prove just how beneficial it is to move our bodies.

Our bodies are beautiful gifts and we should honor them by exercising and eating nourishing food.

I value and honor myself enough to make healthy choices, and I especially want my children to see this.  How can we teach our children to value themselves, if they do not see their parents doing so?  That’s yet another reason for taking good care of myself.  All too often we place our value into the opinions of others.  Our standards should be set higher than that.  We should hold the firm belief that we ARE worth treating ourselves well. And exercise and healthy eating habits are one of the greatest ways we can show ourselves that we are loved and valued.  Marian Anderson once wrote: “A serious person does not wait for the words of the critic. He checks himself. Deep in his heart he knows what his standards should be and he strives to be faithful to them.”

Strive to be faithful to treating yourself well and incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle.  Set this standard for yourself.   I encourage you to get naked and fearlessly take a good loving look at yourself and value what you have.  Valuing and appreciating yourself affects every single aspect of your life.  Your health and wellness are vital to a happy and fruitful life.

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

Sylvia Morales