“Create the perfect relationship between you and your body. Treat your body with all your love, honor, gratitude, and respect. When you make it your goal to adore your own body and accept yourself completely, you are learning to have a perfect relationship with anyone else you are with.” Don Miguel Ruiz
Acceptance: An Appreciation of Our Bodies and Ourselves… healing the body dysmorphia
Summer season is around the corner and, with it, are all the things we do to get in shape and get ready to show off what we have… I would like us to pause for a moment, as we barrel ahead with plans; sane and not so sane, and remember to honor the temple we call our human body. As we find time to appreciate how our body will look this summer and how it continues to serve us, we must nurture and honor what we have. Each body part plays a role that helps us navigate the world around us, and showing appreciation by thanking each part, caring for each limb, and participating in any form of restorative self-care (rest, healthy eating, massage, yoga, walking, and other exercises) will add to our overall sense of well being. Self acceptance is key.
For our dear fellow sisters/brothers who struggle with body dysmorphic disorder, please seek medical care and take care of your body for you are beautiful as you are. I have added two beautiful poems below; odes to ourselves… Let’s enjoy them and keep their wise messages close to our hearts. We all deserve to enjoy our summers with the bodies we have…. What holds you back? More Below
Time Tested Beauty Tips ~ By Sam Levenson (1911-1980) From his book: “In One Era & Out the Other”
For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, Walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored,
renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands;
one for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.