A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written on the Web. Hope you find these links inspiring!
What to do instead of numbing out.
7 damaging myths about self-care.
Monday was International No Diet Day. I loved Mara’s beautiful and heartbreaking post about her own experiences with dieting.
Also, check out Mara’s powerful interview with Vivienne, an incredibly inspiring photographer and blogger. Vivienne reveals how she uses self-portraiture to practice self-love, among many other wonderful tidbits.
Creative ways to comfort yourself and connect to your spirituality.
So many of us doubt ourselves. We wonder if our words are really all that profound or meaningful. I often question whether what I have to say is all that important or interesting or relevant or worthy. If you do, too, use Rachel’s stunning post as a critical reminder. This is my favorite part:
Have you had this experience? Two books that say the same thing and only one speaks to you?
Or a friend raves about a book that changed her life but it falls flat for you.
Perhaps there is a blogger out there that ‘everyone’ raves about but who’s voice does not connect with you.
Maybe you’ve had a group of people in your life each give you the same advice, but it was one single person who was able to get through to you.
It’s not logical and I don’t need to understand why this is the way things are.
I simply know that each voice matters and that my voice is the voice that will connect with someone out there when others do not.
This is true for your voice too. Whether it’s a book you want to write, a speech you want to give, or a truth you want to share with your best friend – it matters that YOU share it.
Your voice is like your thumbprint. It has a uniqueness that no one can match and it has the power to carry healing, change, and beauty into a world that needs these them.
Our voice won’t be heard by all. It won’t even be received positively all the time. It will rarely, if ever, be perfect.
I simply ask myself, what if Geneen Roth had never written Women, Food, & God because she thought that most of the content had already been written about by others? What if Brene Brown didn’t give her initial TedX talk because she thought to herself “Would anyone care if I didn’t show up?”
How to know you love yourself.
How to tell if you’re being accountable or obsessive about your yoga practice.
(By the way, Anna and Melanie are creating an anthology about yoga and body image. I’m so happy for them and can’t wait ’til it comes out in 2014!)
Happy Mother’s Day!
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