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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!

Using props to support your yoga practice.

10 small things you can do today to change your life for the better. One of my favorite tips from Justine:

Throughout the day, look carefully at your environment and find ten details – a sign, a flower, a shadow falling across a cobblestone road, a vintage car parked outside your office building – that you find interesting or beautiful or amusing. Use your camera phone to document. Challenge someone else to the same exercise. Compare the details you notice and the details they notice — do they tell you anything new about this other person? Or yourself?

8 reasons to be yourself.

Therapists reveal how they manage murky moods. These are several of my favorite tips:

Allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling.

“Years ago, I told a friend that I was in a bad mood and she said, ‘Well, you are human and you are allowed,’” Marter said. This was a major revelation for her, because being in a bad mood wasn’t really “allowed” during her childhood.

“Being in a bad mood was viewed as not being ‘good’ or ‘nice’ and bred feelings that somehow I was bad, wrong [or] inadequate.”

Today, Marter gives herself permission to feel her feelings. “[T]his has been extremely liberating.”

Duffy, author of the book The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens, also connects to his emotions, which has been significant for both his own life and clinical work. “I find that so many people are out of touch with themselves emotionally, and a big part of the fix for many of us lies in the allowing.”

Plus, feeling your feelings can promote positive changes. Marter’s feelings of anger and sadness turn into energy for important improvements like revising a boundary in a relationship or stopping a self-sabotaging behavior.

Engage your senses.

Serani, also author of the book Living with Depression, focuses on engaging her five senses. For instance, she savors a delicious meal or listens to music. She lights a candle, opens the window or rubs essential oils on her wrists and temples. She “find[s] a pool of sunshine to dwell in.” She wears comfortable clothes or wraps herself up in a velvety blanket.

What are your weekend reflections?

Everything is ripe.

How to use feelings of comparison to cultivate a fulfilling life.

Check out Mara’s latest project. For 14 days, you’ll receive an inspiring prompt or note in your inbox (for free).

And don’t forget that this afternoon (12 p.m. PT) registration ends for Anna and Vivienne’s new e-course on using yoga and photography to reconnect to yourself. Sign up here.

What’s been inspiring you lately?