Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Love and Honor Your Body

GenderEvolve

The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor. --Martha Graham


"Which comes first, learning to love our bodies or possessing a positive body image? Either way, it works. If you don't possess a positive body image - and most of us don't - learning to love our body can help you develop one. 'If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look,' Gloria Steinem assures us, 'it can set you free.'

The time has come for us to realize that until we work in increasing our self-esteem by loving ourselves in small ways, we can't begin changing ourselves for the better in big ways. We must start by choosing to break the self-destructive cycle of unrealistic expectations, especially our own.

Starting today, shun the world's ideal of beauty, because it's constantly changing. Cleopatra longed for varicose veins, Middle Age beauties padded their bellies. Don't wait for the world to celebrate you. Carve your own niche. Focus on what's great, forget what's not. Find joy in your own reflection. Instead of obsessng about a body that's impossible to achieve without a personal trainer, begin to discover how you can feel better about living in the one you now inhabit.

Learn firsthand the transforming power of nurture over nature. Nourish your body with healthy food and pure water. Slow down and remember to breathe before taking a bite. Breathe out stress and negativity, breathe in oxygen and positive energy. Rediscover how marvelous it is simply to move: stretch, dance, walk, run, jump, skip, play, embrace. Pamper your body with comfortable clothes, quiet moments, and soothing beauty rituals.

'A woman's relationship with her body is the most important relationship she'll ever have. More important than husband, lover, children, friends, colleagues. This isn't selfishness - it's just fact,' health and fitness expert Diana K. Roesch tells us. 'The body is, quite literally, our vehicle for being - for giving, for moving, for feeling - and if it doesn't work, it's fairly certain that nothing else in our lives will work, either.'

Today, instead of hating your body, make peace with it. Choose to consciously love and honor the sacred garment Spirit provided for this lifetime's journey"

--Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy



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