Women always seem to be plagued by worries that they aren't enough - aren't sexy enough, slim enough, strong enough, soft enough, etc.etc. It's a terrible lie that can damage us to our core, and drives some women to poor health/mental health.
I believe that making peace with our bodies is key to our health and power as women. Yet our modern culture has no traditions or rituals to support the journey from maiden to mother to crone. Instead we have sexualized and objectified the female form, and reinforce women for adopting this as the norm.
Our bodies are the temples of our spirits. They enable us to interact with the world and with each other in remarkable ways. They are capable of incredible resilience, and can bring beauty and even new life into the world.
As we age, they become a record of the life we've led, complete with laugh lines and crows feet, showing the world when we have thrived and when we've survived.
I turn 60 next year and it has taken me this long to make peace with my body, to love and honor it as my partner on this mortal journey.
Last year, I was invited to contribute to an artistic project, The Body House Project, to describe my relationship to my body. I submitted an audio clip . Thought I'd share it to get you thinking about your relationship with your body.
Every life is unique, just as every body is too. You are enough. You were enough the day you came into the world. Your body is here to serve you and your highest purpose. Love it, honor it, and make it your ally.