Ever stop to think how amazing our bodies are?
Deepak Chopra points out that “skin replaces itself once a month, the stomach lining every five days, the liver every six weeks, and the skeleton every three months.”
The body is constantly renewing itself.
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It sheds the old to make way for the new.
Struggling with a negative body image does not allow us to give our bodies the gratitude it deserves.
Polluting it with unhealthy substances over time breaks down the body’s performance.
Neglecting its needs is self-abuse, not self-love.
Let us reject the negative images of the body and bless it, for as we bless our bodies, they will bless us in return.
Let us honor our bodies for the temples that they are.
In the words of poetess Robin Morgan:
Blessed be my brain
that I may conceive of my own power.
Blessed be my breast
that I may give sustenance to those I love.
Blessed be my womb
that I may bend so as not to break.
Blessed be my feet
that I may walk in the path of my highest will.
How do you honor and bless your body? Your comments are always welcome.
(Excerpt from “The Network of the Imaginary Mother” from Upstairs in the Garden: Poems Selected and New, 1968-88 by Robin Morgan).