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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you like everybody else is to fight the hardest battle you can fight--but never stop fighting! E.E. Cummings

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What I Love About My Body

What if you could look in the mirror and love what you see?  And I mean, every luscious, curvy and lovely part of you.

What are the things about your body you love?

Sadly, these are sometimes surprisingly difficult things for women to answer.  I have come across this more than once in my classes.  When I ask women to do an exercise around what they love about their bodies, they sometimes struggle with coming up with something.  Some women can find nothing, some can find a couple things, some quite a few things and once in a while I come across someone who says they love everything about themselves. 

How awesome would that be, if we could all get to that point?  What will it take for women to heal this part and love themselves?

A few months ago I came across an article in Shape magazine called "What I Love About My Body".  It was a good article in that it got me thinking a little differently about my own body.  I hope some of the excerpts I'm about to include in this article will help to give you a widened perspective of your own body too!

"The key to a more positive self-image:  make friends with your mirror.  Take a cue from these six women who have learned not only to accept their bodies, but to embrace them - one remarkable part at a time."  (As told to Chryso D'Angelo February 2010 issue of Shape magazine)

"My arms remind me where I came from - and where I'm going." 
Marlo Kovach, 32

"My top lip is brown, like my complexion, and my bottom lip is a mix of pink and brown spots.  My lips aren't perfect, but they're perfect for me." 
Michelle Grace, 42

"When I look at the scars on my belly, I know I can handle anything life throws at me." 
Maggie Vanbuskirk, 25
"While they may never be featured in an ad for lotions or rings, my hands have enabled me to help soothe and calm the people I love." 
Eva Bridget, 48

"My legs have taken me farther than I ever thought I could go." 
Joanne Ambas, 34

"Instead of worrying about how my breasts look in a particular outfit, I consider them a beautiful and integral part of me." 
Mara Bragg, 34

Shifting how we perceive and think about our bodies can help us to love our bodies more.  No matter where we are at in our lives, we can start to love ourselves more each day.  Be grateful for all the things our bodies do for us over the course of our lives.

"I love that my feet take me wherever I need to go.  I feel blessed that I can walk, ride my bike, dance and feel the grass between my toes." 

What do you love about your body?  Would love to hear from you.