Today is Love Your Body Day. This is one of those annual observations that I really wish was widely celebrated and received intense national coverage. It’s a day to engender conversations and finally figure out ways to ACCEPT our inherent beautifulness in all its shapes and sizes and UNACCEPT external influences that tell us incessantly we’re not good enough, or thin enough, or enhanced enough.
As someone who has struggled with disordered eating for much of my adult life, this issue of loving my body isn’t something that’s always been easy. And that’s too bad. Shouldn’t we all simply know we are luminous vessels and pour love, respect, and gratitude over ourselves in a constant stream of genuine appreciation?
When I first started deeply exploring this issue for myself a number of years ago, I serendipitously began participating in a year-long project wherein participants committed to keeping daily track of a particular-to-them body issue. The format of the record-keeping log could be whatever we chose, and was to done in monthly installments. I decided to print out my monthly log of daily observations/thoughts as a narrow scroll. I added a bit of decorative paper to the top part of the strip into which I secured a length of thin ribbon. Then I was able to roll the scroll up into a bead and tie it shut with the ribbon. At year’s end I had a “necklace” of these scroll beads. It is wearable documentation of my efforts – a year’s discourse recorded as body beads.
Recently I came across this necklace again, hanging forgotten among some other treasures in my studio. And it seemed like perfect timing as I’m once again struggling with finding my balance accepting my body as the beautiful gift it is. I unrolled each of the beads and read what I had written all those years ago. And it made me smile and weep and ultimately feel such tenderness for myself.
One of my daily entries was: “A friend sent me some paperwhites that I put in the requisite cool dark place to force them into bloom. Made me think about how interesting it would be to consider my struggles with my weight/body issues as the ‘forcing’ period, and that some day I’ll bloom into acceptance and love.”
Today on this Love Your Body Day I do love myself and my body. And it’s my wish that each one of you loves yourself and your body too. We are all so beautiful!
Consider sending an e-card to a friend or loved one celebrating them as perfect as they are. NOW sponsors an annual poster design contest for this event and you can send an e-card made from one of the winning designs.