NYC in Oct 2012

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts your week on a positive note!

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I’m currently taking Mara’s course “Born To Celebrate” (highly recommend it!). In one of the lessons she mentions a very important fact: We get one body.

It’s an obvious fact. Of course.

But it’s one we also tend to forget.

We have this one body. And, yet, we bash it. We bash it for looking a certain way. We blame it for not changing, or for changing.

We curse its supposed shortcomings.

We criticize it, in private, in front of others.

We think of it as an enemy. We look at it with disgust.

We neglect it. We ignore its signals, the pangs of hunger, the soreness, the fatigue.

We take for granted that we have just one body. A vessel that’s with us day in, day out.

As you move about your days, as you live your life, remember this simple fact: Your body, this body, is the only one you’ve got.

How would you like to treat this precious resource?

Here’s a powerful passage from Susannah on loving her body, “because it’s the only one I’ve got,” in her beautiful book This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart:

Just as I nurture my creativity and feed my mind with words and art, I want to learn how to nurture my body, to treasure the curves and the sags, and thank my feet every day for walking me to the supermarket without too much complaint. To remember to appreciate my arms that carry my groceries home, the finger that presses the shutter button, the knees that bend, the bottom that allows me to sit comfortably as I write these words. And my shoulders! How lucky I am to have them either side of my head, bearing the weight of the world as soundlessly as they do. I want to learn to love my body again because it’s the only one I’ve got.

We are together for such a short time, this body and I — when I remember this I let out a breath and sink into accepting that this is all there is. A body, a breath, a hunger for food, for love, for communion with others.

Again, how will you treat your one body? How will you respond to her needs and callings? How will your actions reflect this extraordinary vehicle of yours?