To me, “body confidence” is… owning my strength, power, and resilience as much as I embrace my vulnerability, softness, and sensuality. It’s feeling curious and inspired by my body’s potential, adaptability, and mobility. It’s celebrating its ability to explore the world through my senses, learn new skills, and constantly regenerate through nurturing lifestyle habits. It’s gratitude for my body’s intuitive abilities to facilitate empowerment and healing in others through Pilates and massage therapy. Body confidence is loving my ability to use my body as a vehicle for creative self expression. And it’s savoring my body’s ability to give and receive love.
Body confidence is being able to look in the mirror and witness the inevitable changes that come along with aging, and shutting down the inner commentary about my perceived flaws. Instead, it’s finding things I love about myself; even if some days it’s just my smile. Body confidence is knowing that my weight, size and shape might fluctuate. But that doesn’t effect who I am as a person or my ability to connect authentically with others who also look beneath the surface for real and meaningful connections.
S.I.T. With Yourself in April
This month’s #soakedinthought journaling prompts are dedicated to body confidence and fitness as a lifestyle. As we move into Spring and the fitness industry ramps up its messaging about getting “in shape” for Summer, I hope you’ll sit with yourself to figure out what your body, mind, and spirit need to feel healthy, fit, and happy – without all the external voices.