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!
How taking more pictures can help you improve your body image.
Invite curves into your yoga practice.
Remember that yeses aren’t permanent.
A powerful question from Jen in her post on fierce desire: “What are your desires urging you toward?” She writes:
If you unhook from all shoulds, all have-tos, all notions of service and serving, of being a good _________ (Buddhist, woman, man, Christian, care-taker, parent, business owner), what do you want?…What if our desire to serve, to help, to heal, must uncouple from following the rules, and what if the best way to do that is by becoming intimate, breath by breath, with what we honestly want? Following that into the heart of all knowing.
What to do when you’re stuck.
Welcome the clouds.
10 ways to nurture yourself this summer. These are a few of my favorites:
4. Participate in playful activities.
Lindor suggested thinking about the summertime activities you loved as a child. Was it riding bikes ‘til dark? Visiting waterparks? Running through the sprinklers? Eating BBQ in the backyard? “Whatever it is, connect to your inner child and go do it.”
5. Spend time near water.
“The sound of moving water is soothing to the soul and helps bring clarity,” Flynn said. Depending on where you live, this could be anything from a stream to the ocean, she said. Or it could be swimming in your own pool, a friend’s pool or a local community pool, Lindor said.
6. Savor fresh foods.
In the summertime, many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season. “Challenge yourself to try a new fruit or veggie every week,” Lindor said. “[I]f you have a local farmers market nearby, … you can develop a relationship with the farmers, learn about where your food comes from and get exposed to new variations of basic fruits and veggies like purple carrots.”
20 mental health books you might want to check out.
Tips for finding focus.
3 key mindfulness practices to enhance calm and self-compassion.
What’s inspiring and nourishing you lately?