A Journaling Prompt for Your Body Image
This morning on Twitter, Rosie posted an excerpt from a paper written by a student in her body image class:
“My body is… my vehicle to accomplish the things my mind and heart desire to do.”
This is such a powerful reminder. And I think it makes for a great journaling exercise.
(By the way, her students’ papers on body image are absolutely beautiful! Seriously, have a read.)
Today, challenge yourself to write 10 body positive statements, which feel true and realistic for you.
You might want to gush about your body. You might not. You might write about how you’re learning to appreciate your body. You might write about the things you want to remember.
Start each statement with the words: “My body is…”
This is what I wrote in my journal:My body is smart — telling me when I’m hungry, full, tense or achy, when I need a hug, when I need to move, when I need to sit.My body is strong, even when I can’t do a certain exercise or need an extra long break. (This is something I remind myself of regularly, because I forget regularly.)My body is a gift. My five senses are a gift. Walking is a gift. Being able to laugh and hug my honey are gifts. And each one is also a miracle. How much brain and muscle power does it take to walk? Yep, miracle.My body is a dance machine. This past Saturday Brian and I danced our butts off at a friends’ wedding. We had the best time — all thanks, again, to my body.My body is deserving. It’s deserving of care, comfort, safety and respect regardless of my weight, the size of my hips or the shape of my stomach.My body is my heritage. My ancestor’s roots run through my veins. I have many of my family’s traits. I have my mother’s eyes. I have my father’s hands and my grandmother’s legs.My body is imperfect. It’s etched with chicken pox scars, moles, stretch marks and certain “flaws.” I’m learning to see this as a good thing. It is my own unique blueprint. It is mine.My body is evolving every day. I’m learning to observe this with curiosity (and care).My body is enough. It is enough in its current shape. It will be enough when I gain weight or when I lose it. It will be enough when I’m pregnant, and after I’ve given birth. It will be enough as I grow older and experience other changes.My body is an opportunity to explore the world, to go on adventures, to breathe in all the wonder, to process the pleasure, and the pain.
What is your body?
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