Photo taken by Michelle Fairchild ~ Art in Nature taken on 12.26.18
A Beautiful Body Project is an upcoming series of book volumes & an online media platform dedicated to women & body image, dedicated to sharing stories about motherhood, aging, cancer, still-births, miscarriages, weigh-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and beyond.
A Beautiful Body project is movement of women coming together to tell their stories and celebrate their ever-changing bodies so that future generations of women can live free from self-suffering.
|Portrait of Jade Beall with son Sequoia.|
Here is the fierce and inspiring poem by Alok Appadurai.
It’s an emotional slavery that milks these women, dollar by dollar,
Like chained dairy cows, Oozing vicious droplets of self-hate
That rot the roots of a woman’s inner beauty…
Just as they are.
You can’t push lipstick, eye shadow, foundation, and blush
Like crack cocaine or heroin,
On a woman who sees her true worth, you dig?
Millions are milked from the financial breasts of women
Simply by convincing them
A Grand Canyon exists between them and being beautiful.
Who enrich themselves on the suffering of a woman,
Diet pills, Spanx, and photoshop are foot soldiers in the war on women’s self-esteem,
Millions are milked from the bank accounts of women who have been brainwashed to believe they aren’t good enough.
Embodied self-esteem breaks the chains of dependence on products that merely momentarily massage our bandaged egos,
Ask yourself this:
And the best part of the corporate magic trick to maximize profits built on women hating themselves:
You can blame everyone and their mother
It’s time to close your eyes, ears, and wallets to the pimps of self-loathing
There is only one way forward. Women rising up &
|Alok, Jade and Sequoia|
You will be inspired and moved by the stories and the images.
What are your thoughts about accepting and loving your body ~ imperfections and all?
Can you wrap your mind around the reality that both you and I are literally made of stardust? How does an identity of being made of stars feel when you try it on? Do you stand a little taller? Does it blow your mind, just a little, or maybe a lot? Does it make you want to swagger or maybe just stare up at the night sky and say “Why hello there my friend, I had no idea we were related?”
In next months article about Perspective I share my suspicion that the one perspective at the core of them all is the one we have of ourselves. What I know is that there is a theme, a thread of connection, in my writing. I feel a calling to shine a light and offer up ideas and tools on how we can heal our wounds and really learn to be a guest in our own hearts, and truly love ourselves. I also believe as the quote at the end of this posts suggests “Each time you remember the Truth of who you are, you bring more light into the world.”
This weeks Mojo Monday is about Coming Home to Yourself. It is about as the opening quote by Parker J. Palmer states “…becoming more at home in your own skin.”
Today I share with you an excerpt from Mark Nepo’s book entitled The Book of Awakening Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have. Mark even includes several grounding practices at the end.
“Anything that removes what grows between our hearts and the day is spiritual. It might be the look of a loved one stirring their coffee as morning light surprises their groggy eyes. It might be the realization while watching a robin build its nest that you are only a temporary being in this world. It might be a fall on ice that reminds you of the humility of your limitations.
- Center yourself, and as you breathe, realize that your spirit fills your life the way your ones and blood fill your hand.
- As you breathe, realize that your life fits the world the way your warm and living hand fits a glove.
- As you breathe, feel your spirit fill your skin and feel your skin fit the world.”
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD:
cheats her of confidence. It causes her to perseverate
about whether she is a good person or not, and bases her
self-worth on how she looks instead of who she is.
It keeps her preoccupied , colors everything she does, plans, and anticipates.
It is unthinkable in the instinctive world
that a woman should live preoccupied by appearance this way.”
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A melancholy feeling had overtaken me. My most recent music mix even took on a slightly gray hue of sadness. I knew it was bad when spending some time in my artist room playing with paints and glue and glitter could not pull me out of my funk. In fact the funk grew deeper as the art piece I had envisioned and was attempting to create would not come together. Instead of feeling pleased with the creative process I grew more frustrated because what I was seeing on the canvas was making me feel more mediocre than ever. My woe-is-me attitude began to spiral into questioning my purpose and bemoaning that I don’t have a local women’s circle. One way for me to try and short circuit the negative thought patterns is to pick a favorite book to read or take a bath. Even better yet is to combine the two. So that is exactly what I did.
As soon as I was immersed in the hot comforting water I began to read from a well-read copy of Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Dance with Life by Charlotte Davis Kasl, PhD. My spirit chose well that evening because the short excerpts in this particular book were so perfect for what ailed me.
- Discover the Power of Joy
- Loving Yourself, No Matter What
- Tapping the Power of Your Mind: A Training Manual for the Brain
- Lighten Up: Finding Balance in a Crazy World
- Marvel At Your Amazing Body
- Reaching Out, Breaking the Rules: Tips for Making Life Easier
- When You’re Sinking Grab a Life Line
- Loving Your Body In Spite of It All
- Loving Children, Discovering Ourselves
- More years, More Wisdom
- Dancing with Life
- Joy to the World
Author Charlotte Kasl describer herself this way on her web site:
“I wear the hat of psychotherapist, author, and teacher, but at my core, I am a peace and social justice activist. I believe the starting place for healing the planet is in our hearts and in the ways we practice respect, empathy, understanding and equality in all human relationships, including our relationship to ourselves.” ~ Charlotte Kasl
Charlotte has written a number of books. One I have already read is called If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on A Spiritual Path. Her newest book that has yet to be released is called If the Buddha Had Kids: Raising Children to Create a More Peaceful World. It is one I will read once it is released.
Have you read any of Charlotte‘s books? If yes, do you recommend any?