nyc, january 2014

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!

I loved reading about Christie’s daily self-care routine. It’s just one post in a series of excellent pieces on what people’s self-care really looks like.

Mara and Tamarisk started this new series, which they aptly called “The Perfectly Imperfect Project.” I’m honored to share my post on February 25th. Check out the other honest, powerful posts here.

A beautiful piece on letting the body speak. As Liz writes:

These hands gather stories and moments each day.
They hold possibility and love.
They guide me through prayer.
They reach out toward connection and grace.

An important reminder when we want to compare ourselves to others. Danielle writes:

We all go home to ourselves, to our aches, our shadows — to our most tender and fierce longings — the same beating hearts in the dark.

Vivienne’s 14 days of self-love is a must-read (and print out!). Check out Anna’s beautiful contribution and Amanda’s empowering piece.

A few gift ideas for your partner and loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

5 ways to reduce excessive worry.

Speaking of stress, technology, while incredibly valuable, can trigger some anxiety. In this post, Elisha raises these key questions to help us stress less:

Where are your sacred spaces? Do you have any? When do you get a chance to disconnect and “be with” yourself or whoever is with you?

What would be different if you had more sacred space in your life? Would you have more time to attune and be intimate with yourself or with your friends, family or colleagues?

Do you want more?

This is one of the best posts I’ve ever, ever read on body acceptance. Anna eloquently writes:

Taking back the right to name your own body is a key step on the path to body acceptance. It’s a moment of stepping into your own power and saying “This is my curvy, differently abled, older, gorgeous, fat, slim, survivor body.”

Because once a proclamation like that comes from your lips, adding a follow-up of “And I love it” isn’t too far behind.

(Re)claiming your body through language is sacred, and no one has the right to judge, shame or otherwise influence or affect the decision you make. The decision that is right for you in this very moment. The decision to own and empower your own body.

What inspiring reads have you read this week? If you let your body speak, what would it whisper? What is your sacred space?