Body Image Articles

Your Body Belongs

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

creative joy, hearts

“Our bodies know they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.”

~ John O’Donohue

The above quote is part of Anna’s #CurvyLoveNotes, which she shares on Instagram. It inspired the below words:


On Body Image: Be Stubborn

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Connecticut, path littered w leaves

I can’t tell you how much I love this post from Jennifer Louden (whose work is incredible, and you guys know I link to her pieces regularly). In it she talks about the importance of being stubborn.

Jen has penned six non-fiction books, plenty of essays and a magazine column for three years, among other projects. Today, she consistently writes powerful posts on her blog (and elsewhere), and continues to write excellent books.

All of this writing, however, isn’t easy for Jen. Yet she doesn’t stop — despite her own inner critic or the negative comments of others. She writes:


3 Lessons on Body Image, Self-Doubt & Self-Care

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

pomegranate candle from mama, november 2014

This month marks five years since I started writing Weightless. (This was my first post published on November 2nd 2009.) Five years! Wow. It’s cliche, but true: Time flies.

Like I do every year, I’d like to share a few lessons I’ve learned along the way from writing this blog and living this life.

1. Our bodies aren’t currency. 


Self-Care Sunday 11.2.14

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

office spot, nov 2014

In this new series I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings to saying no to saying yes to savoring supportive, healthy relationships.

Because self-care helps us build a more positive body image. Because self-care helps us build fulfilling, satisfying lives. Because self-care simply feels good!

I hope you find these links inspiring and empowering.

10 questions for giving up martyrdom.

Such a wonderful perspective on others criticizing our work!


Dear Body: A Letter of Apology

Friday, October 31st, 2014

sneakers shot

Dear Body,

This isn’t the first time this happened. Years ago, weeks ago, you issued the same pleas in the form of an aching back. First it started with a pinch, a whisper. This week it was an all-out roar.

The act of bending down was dicey. Walking fully upright didn’t feel very good. Rolling over in bed took effort (and produced pain). Walking too quickly triggered spasms (and a shout of “ouch!” inside my brain).

You know that I love a challenging workout. I love how empowered I feel after doing many push-ups. It is a reminder that I am strong. Every push-up shatters the stories my brain has spun for years of not being an athlete, of being awkward, of being weak.


Questions to Ask Ourselves for Practicing Self-Care

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

flowers and candle at home, CROPPED

This morning I was reading Mara’s newsletter (I highly recommend subscribing, which you can do here). In it, she mentions the simple question we can ask ourselves when practicing self-care: What do I need?

It’s a question we ask every day, several times a day.

I love this because sometimes we complicate self-care. We get caught up in shoulds and checking off tasks. We equate self-care with specific activities — pedicures, bubble baths, exercise, eating certain foods.


Self-Care Sunday 10.19.14

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Unrepeatable quote, BN, october 2014

In this new series I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings to saying no to saying yes to savoring supportive, healthy relationships.

Because self-care helps us build a more positive body image. Because self-care helps us build fulfilling, satisfying lives. Because self-care simply feels good!

I hope you find these links inspiring and empowering.

12 ways to get out of a bad mood.

Are you missing from the visual story of your life?


What to Do When Your Inner Critic Is Roaring

Friday, October 17th, 2014

creative joy, wishes

A few days ago, in this post, I shared the many qualities that make up our inner critics, from Tara Mohr’s powerful book Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message. Because our inner critic is very different from our core self.

As Tara writes, “You are not the critical voice. You are the person aware of the critical voice. You are the person feeling perplexed by it or bummed out by it or believing it…You are the entity that is hearing the voice.”

Today, I wanted to share more insights from Tara’s book on how we can navigate our inner critic because she offers a helpful and compassionate approach.


How to Distinguish Your Core Self From Your Inner Critic

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Each of us has an inner critic. In fact, we’re hardwired for one, according to Tara Mohr in her fantastic book Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message.

She describes the inner critic as an expression of our safety instinct. It’s the part of us that yearns to stay safe from dangers like hurt, failure, disappointment and rejection.

And it’s a part that we often confuse with our core selves. We assume that the cruel comments are just us. It’s how we are. And they must be true.

We accept the inner critic’s messages wholeheartedly.


A Helpful Way to Think Of Your Thoughts

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

St. Aug, October 2014, taken by mama

Years ago, I used to believe my cruel thoughts wholeheartedly. One reason was because I assumed they were true blue facts. Another reason was because I worried that I was cheating if I didn’t agree with these negative thoughts.

I was somehow doing something wrong if I let them slip by without fully consuming them. I would be letting myself off the hook. I would be taking the easy way out. I wouldn’t be holding myself accountable or responsible. And this wasn’t the right thing to do, I assumed.


 
 

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