When it comes to body image, the words we speak often tear down the houses we live in.
‘I hate my nose’.
‘ My stomach is too soft’.
‘Ugh, I have my father’s legs’.
‘ I wish my arms were more toned’.
‘ Man, I hate my ankles’.
‘ Does this dress fit me?’.
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While trawling the web I was randomly directed to this article about women being judged by the ‘Esquire metric’. Being judged by our external appearance is nothing new and a bevy of body image issues have their origins in media driven ideals of what women ‘should’ look like.
Side note: I know that men too are judged by their looks, but for the intent of this post I’m gonna focus on the ladies.
In response to my post on Wellness + Worthiness, there are many of us tanning, exercising, green smoothie smuggling, meditating, chanting and yoga-ing our way to wellness. Those things don’t define wellness itself these activities make us feel good, help us think clearly and make more beautiful, life-affirming, nourishing choices. The more we operate at this high vibrating level, the more aligned we are with our own feelings of wellness which bolsters our level of appreciation for our bodies, and naturally builds up our body image.
In the spirit of rewiring our synapses to become a pathway for good body image and love infused thoughts, I asked 60 women what they loved about their bodies. Naturally a few skipped the question completely (an answer in itself), but the majority waded through the muck, dug around and produced these shining gems.
This is a just a handful of the glittering responses that I received, the rest were just as wonderful and celebratory. The number of times these ladies landed on boobs and booty sent a grin across my face as I fist-pumped and congratulated them in my head: ‘Ah! This is SO. FREAKIN. GOOD!’.
My own body loves are my legs for their length, strength and the speed with which they carry me around (I’m a super fast walker), my eyes for always seeking out and finding the beauty in everything and everyone, my spirit + intuition for it’s unfaltering guidance and my voice for allowing me to be heard amongst all the ‘noise’.
Now its over to you, tell me in the comments:
What do YOU love most about your body?
Wanna put a smile on someones’s face? Send this to a friend and answer what you most admire about them: physical, spiritually – anything!
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A very well written blog and great reminder for everyone. I am in the middle of writing a blog along the same lines… Your blog and YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Thanks Cynthia x
Kylie – thank you a thousand times lovely! Your comment has made my evening. It is a liberating and empowering topic to write about. Happy vibes for your blog beautiful, look forward to having a read. C.xx
What an amazing graphic! I love that my body is powerful enough to run and do yoga. I find I appreciate my body SO much more when I focus on what it can do rather than what it looks like.
Thank you Lauren!xx
The words you speak create the house you live in ~ Hafiz. – Beautiful quote thank you for this blog!
I wrote a blog on this subject in 2012 … Here is what I wrote as 10 things I love about my body …
1. I love that my body knows how to breathe on it’s own
2. I love that my body lets me know when I am too hot or too cold
3. I love that my body tries its best to protect me at all times from danger
4. I love that the skin on my body is waterproof
5. I love that my body is able to move around
6. I love that my body is able to feel touch
7. I love that my body helps me to process emotions
8. I love that my body can hug others
9. I love that my body is as healthy as it is
10. I love that my body tells stories of my life so far
This is awesome Kama. A really good exercise to do again and see if you can add more lovely things to the list.xx
That I have curves, real feminine curves, that have been created because I’m a hopeless foodie who loves whipping up masterpieces in my kitchen! Good, healthy food – who wouldn’t want to celebrate it? Speaking of celebrating…. boobs. Who doesn’t love ’em?
Great post – I love it when women speak openly and freely about things that matter! Good on you! 🙂
Thank you Maria! I was grinning from ear to ear each time I read boobs. Here’s to many kitchen masterpieces filled with love and enjoying healthy, nourishing food.xx
I love every single thing about myself. But I wasn’t always this way, in high school I had an eating disorder and hated my body from the hair to toe! Thanks I really love your work and I wish I had known people such as yourself when I was a lost teenager.
Thank you Aurelie – what a gorgeous thing to say. Big love.xx
What a fantastic post, thank you.
It really makes you stop and think about the where we direct our focus on our own self image. Rather than searching for flaws, appreciating the beauty within us all.
Thank you Janelle. Yes we’re almost wired to look at ourselves as something to be fixed rather than admiring just how beautifully whole we are.x
The more we see our body from a place of love the easier it will be for us to love the body we are in….
So so true lovely lady.x
I Love the way my hair blows in the wind, the curls that are so unruly, that it’s best left un brushed, I Love my Eyes, how they sparkle Like Lasers, when I’m so passionate about what ever I’m being/doing/saying, which is pretty much all the time, I Love my smile, my mouth is so full and luscious, I Love My Shoulders, Collarbone, so regal and beautifully defined, I Love my Breasts, so full and sensitive, I love my tummy, big and round, and sooo voluptuous, along with my buttocks, and I Love my back and legs sooo strong and powerful …. my slim ankles and I Love my feet, that supports me completely … oooh thank you so much for the reminder of how much I Love Me every Aspect Me. Thank you xoxox
I love this Emi!x