With her blog, Medicinal Marzipan, Mara has a way of making me pause and reflect on how I’m taking care of myself — and how I want my world to look.

This week she published an absolutely brilliant post, where she asked readers: how do you want your life to feel?

For instance, here’s an excerpt on how she’d like her life to feel:

I want my life to feel free and open, with enough space to move around, tend to my needs, and care for my loved ones when they need a shoulder to lean on or a run to the store for vitamins when they are sick.

I want my life to feel like a small, boutique business with massive attention to details, a magical and luxurious feel, and lots of individual attention.

I want my life to feel like my body in motion – flexible, languid, and strong.

We can do the same for our body image.

How would you like your body image to feel?

Sometimes we can’t fully describe a positive body image. Sure, we’d like to love our bodies right now, in all our glory. Or stop berating ourselves.

But we might not have the precise words. Or we might not know what that looks like in those terms.

Sometimes it’s easier and more meaningful to start with the symbols and metaphors and objects that bring us comfort and joy.

As Mara writes in her post, sometimes it’s helpful to “zero in on images, snapshots, places, or feelings.”

For instance, I’d like my body image to feel like a room filled with candles.

I’d like my body image to feel like the wool Russian blanket my parents got as a wedding gift.

I’d like my body image to feel like a good night’s sleep: restorative, rejuvenating and soothing.

I’d like my body image to feel like a crisp and energizing autumn apple.

I’d like my body image to feel like the open daisy-filled field I ran through in Russia when I was 18, laughing and in awe.

Sometimes I’d like my body image to feel like a jumping jack; other times, I’d like it to feel like a Pilates roll-up — vacillating between strong and smooth.

Close your eyes, and think of your body image. Maybe even put on some music, or sit in a quiet spot.

What images, snapshots and symbols come to you? Or, if words swirl through your mind, what are they? Maybe words like restorative, warm, energizing, comforting and strong surface. Write everything down.

Once you’re done, see what kinds of patterns emerge. See how you can make these images, words or symbols a reality. One gesture or activity at a time.

How would you like your body image to feel?

P.S., Tomorrow Weightless is celebrating a birthday! In honor of that I’ll be hosting a giveaway…so stay tuned. :)

 


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    Last reviewed: 29 Jul 2014

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2012). How Would You Like Your Body Image To Feel?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 2, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2012/11/how-would-you-like-your-body-image-to-feel/

 

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