Acceptance: An Appreciation of Our Bodies and Ourselves…
“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
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.
“You are what you believe you are. Humans are powerful magicians. You have the power to make yourself what you are right now, but it’s not your reasoning mind that controls your power; it’s what you believe. ” Don Miguel Ruiz
The Beauty Of A Woman ~ Attributed to Maya Angelou, Ralph Fenger, Audrey Hepburn & Sam Levenson
The beauty of a woman isn’t in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes;
Because that’s the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman isn’t in a facial mole;
But true beauty in a woman, is reflected by her soul.
It’s the caring that she cares to give, the passion that she shows;
And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows.
If there is anything we can learn from these poems it is that physical attractiveness is not the only thing that draws others to us… In fact, our inner beauty lasts longer and carries us through the rest of our lives… Cherish the body you have. Honor the Venus de Milo within…
What are your thoughts? In what way do you honor your body and yourself? What flaws do you see in your body? How do they make you feel and can you make peace with them? Do share! Thank you.
Positive Motivation Tip: Our body is a temple and temples come in different shapes and forms… Nurture it, love it, honor it.
- Beauty of a Woman (sephrahosein.wordpress.com)
- Audrey Hepburn (strugglesofabutterfly.wordpress.com)
- Time Tested Beauty Tips (stacidavidson.wordpress.com)