As I take each step on this self-love journey, I wander out into the unknown with the purpose of more fully loving and accepting myself just as I am — and, in particular, my body. There is certainly the light and the dark of the soul that we can each explore and unfold, but it is in the body that these aspects are rooted. Often times we even project these aspects of our soul onto our bodies. A fear of inadequacy in the soul can manifest in all manner of outcomes in the physiology of the body as well as in the relationship with the body.
I have been so disconnected from my physical body for most of my life, that I had no idea where to begin when I made the choice to deeply and lovingly accept my physical presence. And, still further, I do not have any concrete answers or cookie cutter plans to recommend. Rather, I would ask you to reflect on the quality of the questions you’re asking to lead you further on your own path, and to examine your conscious intention with your questions and actions.
And so, it was with this foundation and core inspiration that I gained a growing awareness of the word ‘skinny.’ It is ubiquitous in our Western culture, and I imagine now globally. We see it on food packaging and products, in ad campaigns, on Pinterest boards devoted to so-monikered recipes, splashed across all manner of media outlets, and even as an infamous fit of jeans. It’s a simple word that seems to package this desire to be thin — to be free of all fat.
I believe words and language to be of utmost importance, so I started exploring this word a little deeper. Read more “Skinny: A Manifesto”