Brooklyn, promenade, 2011

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!

A beautiful post from Anna on bikini bodies and body acceptance — with great advice.

A simple practice for a happier, and more balanced brain.

Vivienne shares her declaration of self-care. One of my favorite parts:

To me self-care isn’t just the acts we do, but also the ways that we treat ourselves (which really is probably no surprise since this site is called Be Your Own Beloved)!  I think the biggest piece about self-care I like to remember is that last piece.  That self-care isn’t just something that we do once and everything is awesome.  It is the filling up of our own energetic well and by doing so it makes us more equipt to help or serve others in our lives.

7 tips to stop Sunday night sadness or anxiety.

Anna talks about how she celebrates in this video (including her struggles, which I really relate to), as part of Mara’s “Women Who Celebrate” series. A few nuggets from the interview:

Celebration for me is all about acknowledging the good thing that’s happened.
Cultivating a practice of celebration helps me enjoy the life that I already have.
Unscheduled time makes me feel celebratory.

Using your environment to help you make positive changes in your life.

I always love Rosie’s sensory round-ups. What did you taste, hear, smell, see, feel and hope for this week?

A list of body image-boosting quotes. A favorite:

“Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn’t like, but I’ve stopped complaining about mine because I don’t want to critique nature’s handiwork … My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece.”
~Alfre Woodard

6 key reasons to worry less about what others think.

What pieces have been inspiring you lately?