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Accepting & acknowledging compliments is a key part of self-love, self-approval, & self-acceptance.
Old me brushed compliments off without truly HEARING, acknowledging, or accepting them. Basically, I felt unworthy of any compliment and was unable to accept the love & acknowledgement others were offering me because I was unworthy of love & praise in my own mind. As within so without.
[Stepping into the light of gratitude wearing my ultra fly dragon boots by Android Homme. This is me practicing openly & genuinely accepting compliments in the gym outfit I was approached in while hoping the unknown woman sees this and reaches out to say hello… see rest of story for context.]
Today I lived a new possibility. This may came off as self-indulgent but for someone who has spent most of his life hating his own body this was HUGE. For more on me overcoming self & body-hate see: this & this.
This is the random conversation that happened today at the gym. It is verbatim as I was so shocked and pleased that I wrote it down right after it happened.
…Random woman approaches me with a small smile on her face while I am doing seated calf raises. I take my earbud headphones off and acknowledge her with a smile. Something told me she had something to say…
Woman: Excuse me, I was wondering what your main sport me is?
Me: Bodybuilding & yoga.
Woman: Oh really, I was thinking rock & mountain-climbing because you are so wonderfully buff. Please take that as a compliment.
Me: *Raising my hands in prayer & acknowledgment.🙏🏼*” Wow! Thank YOU so much! I will! 😄💓🙏🏼
In that short exchange she rocked my world, made my day, & transformed my life. I don’t even know her or even have a chance to catch her name. Nonetheless, she just played a part in my ongoing healing & growing self love & acceptance.
What did I learn, re-learn, & garner from this experience?
- We heal through others. The Universe is constantly speaking to us through others and all mediums. This includes actions, words, coincidence, & more.
- Taking the time and full presence of awareness to listen to others with true intent can fill you with LIFE.
- Acknowledging compliments is a form self love & approval.
- The Universe wants me to become a rock-climber. One of my best friends gifted me with a set of climbing shoes and a harness last year and I’ve used it once. I can also get free-training at the Stanford Climbing Wall. Ok, Universe. I hear you & gracefully accept your charge.
Challenge, aka alchemical opportunity, to you (the reader):
The next time someone compliments you stop everything you are doing and invest in yourself. Take 30-90 seconds to truly recieve it. Acknowledge the compliment and the person that gave it to you.
In other words, give yourself the gift of universal AND self love, approval, & acceptance. You are the only one who truly can.
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