Today, October 18th, is LOVE YOUR BODY DAY.
It is a day for celebration for every conscious human who currently occupies a body -- no matter the size, shape, age, or condition of that body!
I'm wondering -- loving our bodies -- isn't that our natural state? Do babies love their bodies? Surely, they don't hate their big round Buddha bellies or their chubby thighs or their bald (or not) heads; they don't fill themsleves with self-disparaging talk (body and otherwise) the way so many adults do.
I don't think babies are capable of hate -- are they capable of love? Or are both learned as we grow -- and hence, perhaps, unlearneable / relearnable?
I think, on this day, it might behoove us each, to watch a baby's utter fascination and delight in the discovery of her fingers, his toes, the miracle of each body part as it comes into awareness.
Each of our bodies is a collection of millions of every day miracles -- hearts that beat and lungs that breathe and digestion and filtering and growth and repair and communication and a gazillion other processes that science can barely appreciate let alone mimic. All happening without conscious direction or intervention.
EVERY MOMENT WE ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN OUR BODY IS ANOTHER MIRACLE, ANOTHER BLESSING, ANOTHER GIFT FROM THE DIVINE.
So especially on this day, let us appreciate our bodies -- even, especially, in their unique imperfections. Even as they age, as some parts no longer work quite as well, as we may have aches or illness -- no matter their shape or condition, our bodies are magnficent wonders, and deserve our appreciation, our awe, our reverence, our respect, our care, our love, and our profound gratitude.
I ask -- beg -- challenge -- each person reading this, to make your body, and the body of every person you care for, a negative-talk-free zone. Treasure every cell of your body. Celebrate it, love it. Begin today, now.
May it be so.
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AmpleHugs & SunflowerSmiles,