Body Talk: What We Need to Remember

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“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you.” - Gloria Poretsky

Bodies have been placed at the forefront for many years, but within the past decade the human body has become a subject of controversy (transgender debates) and undue admiration (the big booty conundrum).

As women, we especially have had a hard time accepting our bodies as they are - due to the superficial outlook of how a woman should present her femininity. Butt injections and augmentations, nose jobs, tummy tucks, face lifts, breast lifts and even vaginal rejuvenations have become normal practice for women who are looking to be someone else or better than who they currently are.

In this vanity trap, we fail to see the underlying, and very real, strengths of our bodies.  In the span of 24 hours, our bodies are working diligently to keep us moving, breathing and performing effectively. Our hearts beat endlessly to pump tons of blood to the many organs that cannot function without it. Our lungs and mouth work plentiful so we can talk and breath and swallow. These are often things we overlook when we look into the mirror and begin pointing out our many flaws.

For women who have birthed babies, the miraculous happenings of the body are multiplied to gear us for storing life and providing sustenance for a baby once it leaves our womb. The stomach, often the centre of our physical disdain, is the realest life compass we will ever have. Trust your gut is not just a passing statement said as a cliché. The feeling you get in your stomach when things go good (described as butterflies), or a feeling of sinking (fear or worry) is all indicators of the instincts we all have that lie in the abdomen. It is the place where we nourish ourselves and is often referred to as your second brain.

The female butt has long been a symbol of beauty. In some cultures, the butt has been known as a symbol of fertility by showing the size of the pelvic and its ability to reproduce. But recently it has become the symbol of an over-sexualized generation.

In all its glory and faults, our bodies deserve much more appreciation. It is a display of our inner emotions: the showing of how kind and/or cruel we are to ourselves. Its ability to give and receive pleasure is simply amazing all its own. Our bodies are not an afterthought, but instead they are an essential thought. The mere understanding that our bodies are not just its outer layer is the beginning of a better understanding of the true meaning of loving oneself.

However you feel about the shape of your body, the best thing to know is that your body is always on your side. The moment you wake up, yawn and place your feet on the floor, your body is gearing up to hold you up and carry you through your day. The least you can do is say thank you and always remember to say thank you.