No matter our age, we live in a society that bombards us with negative messages about our bodies. I watch my daughter and her friends deal struggle to accept their youthful bodies. I watch myself and my friends cope with aging. At every phase of life, with each change in our skin, energy level, flexibility … Continue reading Rate Your Self-Acceptance
We can't tackle our stress problem until we acknowledge it. I get so accustom to enduring stress, especially in my body, that I don't even notice the pain I carry. If you're like me, you might not be able to imagine what it would be like to live stress-free. So here's my suggestion for today... … Continue reading Assess Your Stress / Coloring Worksheet
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The body is a sacred garment —Martha Graham, Blood Memory (1991) When I was a bodywork therapist, I talked with a client prior to our session. She looked down at her body and said, “I can’t accept my body the way it is. Look at me.” Her eyes met mine. “I’m over-weight and I need to … Continue reading Love the Body You Have
Socks are a lot like cats. They wander around and take absolutely no direction from me. My former non-solution was to herd them (the socks, not the cats) toward the living room couch, hoping that if they all ended up there, somehow they'd find their match. The honest result? Dozens of single socks, like lost … Continue reading Missing Sock Problem? Solved!
Suddenly many movements are going on within me, many things are happening, there is an almost unbearable sense of sprouting, of bursting encasements, of moving kernels, expanding flesh. — Meridel Le Suer, Salute to Spring (1940) It’s easy to refer to our bodies as our possessions, beasts to be tamed and mastered. Instead, I … Continue reading KEEP A BODY JOURNAL
Once upon a time, quite a long time ago, there was an extremely wealthy man who was a shrewd businessman and harsh master. He was described as someone who always made a profit no matter what role he played in the negotiation. He wasn’t unfair, but he was unsentimental, and in the rare occasion that … Continue reading THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS: A Story Jesus Once Told