First of all, I want to say THANK YOU, everyone! for all the support, messages and feedback sent after my last blog post “Unapologetically: Embrace Your Inner Goddess” Your beautiful words made me shine from within.
That post also opened a forum for discussion to introduce my next topic: Positive body image. As women, we are constantly bombarded with messages and propaganda of what our bodies are supposed to look like. We are subject to socially imposed standards of so-called beauty and femininity. Messages of unattainable perfection that are often reinforced by tv, the internet and print media.
Rethinking healthy: Healthy doesn’t mean skinny. Healthy means you nurture your body with the right foods, you exercise and you connect with yourself spiritually. Healthy means you love and accept your body. Healthy is the balance. Healthy is to be happy inside and out.
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
So please understand one thing: You are beautiful.
If you are athletic, if you are tall, or short. If you are skinny, or fully curved. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Yes, you have flaws, we all have flaws. Healthy living bloggers like me have flaws. I try to live my life to the best of my intentions, evading chemicals, evading animal cruelty, evading GMOs, and embracing a natural way of living. THAT doesn’t make me perfect either. Because perfection is boring and the last thing I want to be is boring. I am to be ME. Unapologetically and frenetically me. And to me, there isn’t anything healthier in this world than being yourself.
“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
― Amy Bloom
As women we doubt ourselves too often: Am I pretty enough? Am I skinny enough? am I cute enough? Guess what? You are always enough. And whoever thinks you aren’t enough is not worthy of you, because for those who truly love you love every single part of you, flaws and all.
It seems to be “trend” for
men (boys more likely) nowadays to go into body shaming their ex-partners after separation happens. I have been “victim” of this, and I have heard and seen so many beautiful women out there being shamed for their curves. Please know one thing my warrior goddesses, this is not your fault, this is their bruised male ego showing through. Awaken your inner Goddess and let her break through the fragile male ego. Their issues are not your problem. Be juicy, connect with mamma earth, embrace your voluptuous curves and embrace of your feminine essence, sensuality, and vulnerability.
“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.” ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
You are more than a physical body
A beautiful way to honor your inner goddess and harness her divine feminine energy is to “feel” her beauty.
While lying in bed on your side, run your hands over the curves of your bare skin. Close your eyes and let your other senses awaken as you focus on the beauty that is your gorgeous female body—your hips, your lips, your collar bone, the fullness of your breasts. Feel all of the parts of you that make you a woman.
Fall in love with yourself. Fall in love with all of it and feel the intensity of your goddess energy. You are magic, and you are spirit you are more than just a body. But it is your body your greatest manifestation of femininity. Now take this feeling of “falling in love with yourself” and carry it with you everywhere you go. Anytime you feel like criticizing yourself for not being what a woman “should be” remember you are everything a woman should be.
Also, I want to thank my Tribe of amazing women for supporting me and for always being there for me. YOU guys rock my world. My anchor, my light. I write this posts for me, but also for you, and for every woman out there. Supporting sisterhood makes us stronger, wiser and hotter. Thanks for the Love.