|“I like my body because it’s magic.” – 5-year-old Sofia (aka Lola)|
Interrupt Magazine published an article that caught my attention. Writer Marie C. begins by sharing a startling statistic. “By the age of 13, 53 percent of girls say they are unhappy with their bodies. When were they happy?”
In order to find out, Marie C. photographed and interviewed girls between the ages of four and eight and asked them what they liked about their bodies. These girls share wisdom the rest of us have forgotten.
Sharing this article was already on my agenda for Mojo Monday. Yet I took note last Saturday during a water aerobics class how many women were making critical remarks about their bodies. Comments were made now and again that reflected how many of the women wished they looked different. A part of me wanted to address the whole group and ask “How many women here like their bodies?” I had a strong intuitive sense that most of the women would not have responded positively.
Consider the wisdom in the answers of these other young girls when they were asked what they liked about their bodies.
and how healthy I am.” – 9-year-old Lana
“My body is magic because…
…of my bright green eyes that are soulful and shine.
…of my ability to float, glide and swim in the water like an otter.
…of my big smile that is warm and toothy.
…of my hands that can transform my creative thoughts into art and written words.
…of my strong legs and big traveling feel that support me well.
…of my arms that give comfort, bug hugs and serve a volleyball fast and hard.
..it provides me with the tools to live and love this life.”
– 44-year-old Michelle Ida Fairchild
Now it is your turn.
List some things that you love about your body.
How is your body magic?
Take a self portrait.
The photo(s) can be your whole body
or of parts you particularly love.
Lastly, be sure to embrace yourself as your own beloved.
Come learn more about A Beautiful Body Project
and watch this video for a very inspiring experience.