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Accepting Compliments: A Form Of Self Love & Acceptance

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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. Β 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 womanΒ 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.πŸ™πŸΌ*” Wow! Thank YOU so much! I will! πŸ˜„πŸ’“πŸ™πŸΌ

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?

  1. We heal through others. The Universe is constantly speaking to us through others and all mediums. This includes actions, words, coincidence, & more.
  2. Taking the time and full presence of awareness to listen to others with true intent can fill you with LIFE.
  3. Acknowledging compliments is a form self love & approval.
  4. 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.

In Alchemy & Service,

Justin David Carl | LifesRake πŸŒ’


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Naked Affirmations: An Unveiling…

***This is for everyone who ever asked how I stay in such great shape. An unveiling of my long-kept SECRET…***

Please allow me to introduce you to NAKED AFFIRMATIONS & what they do for my FITNESS and all-around WELLNESS.

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Now my fitness & my body bring me so much HAPPINESS! πŸ˜„ πŸ™πŸΌ

Before I would have been saying that from a place of VANITYΒ &Β EGO. 😎 πŸ’ͺ🏼 😌

I used to ABUSE myself into shape so that my EGO could feel good at a pool party or in some other vain social competitive game I was playing.

Good chance I was the only one playing…

Nonetheless, everyone who was in better shape than me was my ENEMY back then. 😑 βš” πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

Athough I hid all of that with a wolf’s grin. 😁 🐺 😈

And every time I was not the most in-shape person in whatever social situation I was in… I was a LOSER in my mind. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ πŸ˜•

I was too FAT… I was not fit enough…

I was not enough. πŸ˜”

But today…

Today I get to say it from a place of self-acceptance & unconditional self-love.

I’ve spent nearly 3 years PRACTICING loving & accepting myself unconditionally.

It doesn’t matter what shape I am in, how I am feeling, or what is going on at work or in my life.

This is a daily practice. And here is what I do:

I look myself directly in the eyes or directly at my NAKED BODY. Then I summon as much COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, & TRUTH as I can…

And then…

I SPEAK A NEW POSSIBILITY INTO EXISTENCE. πŸ’“

This is how it goes usually:

Everyday I stand NAKED in front of a mirror, look into my own eyes & say:

“I love myself. I approve of myself. I accept myself. “

Then I look at my BODY (still naked) and say:

“I love my body. I approve of my body. I accept my body.”

This is NOT a one time deal.☝🏼️

Like most great things it takes ongoing energetic investment.

Every day I have to RENEW my COMMITMENT to my SELF. πŸ™πŸΌ

Some days this is easy, fun, and beautiful..

Other days I am full of FEAR & LOATHING. I have to work diligently to let go of the SELF-HATE & SELF-CRUELTY.

I have lost track of the number of times I’ve CRIED doing this. Yes, I admit it. I am a grown man & I cry.

But in the end, whether fun or frightful, I come out RENEWED & REBORN.

Each day I do this PRACTICE I come out in better shape mentally, emotionally, physically, & spiritually. πŸ˜‡ πŸ’“ πŸ’ͺ🏼 πŸ’«

I know a lot of people are going to think I am CRAZY and a total WEIRDO.

I know a lot of people will MAKE FUN OF ME & HATE.

But I am done HIDING.

I’ve discovered my inner well of INTEGRITY & SELF-DOMINION.

I’ve found my COURAGE. Harnessed my DARKNESS. Acknowledged my STRENGTH.

And… Finally…

I am ready to SHARE & be of SERVICE. πŸ’“ πŸ––πŸΌ 🌍 β˜„ πŸ™πŸΌ

Without a doubt this daily practice of naked affirmations is the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF MY PERSONAL FITNESS.

For everyone who ever asked how I stay in such great shape. And there has been a lot of you since I started posting shirtless photos… Well, this is it!

The MASTER-KEY to my fitness is:

πŸ”‘ Β DAILY NAKED AFFIRMATIONS IN FRONT OF A MIRROR

This daily nanohabit is INFINITELY MORE IMPORTANT TO MY FITNESS than how I workout, what supplements I take, or what I eat.

This is the FOUNDATION of my fitness. πŸ™πŸΌ πŸ’— πŸ—½ πŸ’ͺ🏼 🏰 πŸ’« πŸŽ†


There is more to this process & will be sharing it over time. For now this is enough.

THANKΒ YOU (yes you reading this) for listening. I am deeply grateful for your time & energy. πŸ™πŸΌ


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In Alchemy & Service,

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