30 days of self love – gifts of the body 2

Posted: September 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

Before getting into today’s 30 DSLR post, I want to take a moment and declare my gratitude for all the warm comments and support I felt from you after last night’s post. I do not know where those dark forces came from to try to make me doubt this initiative. Going into this project, I only placed on myself the expectation to write what I felt strongly about. Any amount of support, participation, and reach from that would come as a blessing.

I still feel just as strongly about the 30 Days as I did when it first grabbed hold of my heart. If possible, I would never want it to stop and to carry on reaching people in some way because I believe in it so much. I don’t know what got into my mind to cause me to fret over such trivial matters. I have overcome it and realigned my focus. Now let’s get to what brings us here and what we all need – an uplifting moment. After all, a big reason I shared all those thoughts last night was to show that I need this just as much as anyone else.

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Last week, we began the first installment of the weekly "Gifts of the Body” posts. To view that post – click here. I decided that every week needed a day to take a closer look at our bodies and appreciate the blessings they provide us. Critiquing our bodies comes easily to many of us but finding praise in our physical attributes can pose a challenge. For this reason, I believe we must make the effort to change how we view our bodies.We need to shift the qualities with which we define them from aesthetic ones to purposeful ones. Hopefully, after completing 4 rounds of this exercise and having to come up with 12 different parts of ourselves we recognize as a gift,  we will grow to love our bodies more and more. Are you in for today’s challenge?

Today I will focus on three parts of my body I recently have questioned appearance wise thanks to the body changes from pregnancy.

My Legs

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Thank you legs for giving me the ability to walk and move! Not everyone has this luxury and I need to recognize exactly how much you give me. You support me and carry me through life. Not only that, but the two of you are pretty strong too. You endure thousands upon thousands of squats, lunges, cardio hours, and kicks. You still hold me up even when I try to tear you down. You help me carry out a part of my life I could not live without – fitness. Thank you, legs.

My Butt

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You reflect my mom and my sister…and even miss M. We all have the same badonkadonk and that fact alone has provided us many laughs and bonding over the years, like shaking it to Sir Mix A Lot. Without you, my legs wouldn’t have the capacity to serve me either. You play an integral role in my life. You also have a way of alluring my husband and that’s never a bad thing. Even when larger than I like, you still fill out a pair of jeans nicely. Most importantly though, you are a part of me and I love you.

My Breasts

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You add strain to my back, get all tender, and overwhelm my body for a reason. To one day feed my child, just as you blessed me with the opportunity to feed M. You reflect the battle scars of one of the most beautiful things I have ever done – pregnancy. I also thank you for being the only place I tend to get those “battle scars” of stretch marks. Thank you for also giving me curves and displaying my body’s feminine beauty.

I hope all that wasn’t too uncomfortable to read. ;) Take a few moments to think about 3 new things you appreciate about your body. I would love to hear about any of them!

Quote to Reflect On
Beauty in things lies in the mind which contemplates them.
~David Hume

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. ~John Cage

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78 Comments to “30 days of self love – gifts of the body 2”
  1. [...] for vacation yet, I’m listening to my body. I’m taking cues from Tina’s “gifts of my body” message as part of the 30 DSL series and I’m embracing my body for what it is and what [...]

  2. [...] this week’s installment of the Gifts of the Body series within the 30 DSLR. Click for Part 1 and Part 2. We need to grow to appreciate every part of our bodies. We need to love them for the life they [...]

  3. [...] looking for part 1, there isn’t one.  At least on my blog any way.  I stumbled upon Faith, Fitness, Fun yesterday afternoon.  I was excited to read her 30 Days of Self love challenge and even more [...]

  4. [...] 9 has come around I am faced with identifying and acknowledging three more aspects of my body, for Gifts of the body #2. And this time I will reach a little farther and won’t stick to the safer organs… and [...]

  5. Deborah says:

    Hi Tina

    Identifying parts of my body for which I am thankful is getting harder. I covered off the easy ones last week (heart, mind, lungs).

    This week I’ve had to put a bit more thought into it.

    http://dietschmiet.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/30-days-day-9-gifts-of-the-body-2/

    PS. I mention how I am enjoying this challenge.

    Deb

  6. [...] 9 has come around I am faced with identifying and acknowledging three more aspects of my body, for Gifts of the body #2. And this time I will reach a little farther and won’t stick to the safer organs… and [...]

  7. [...] just talked about overtaxing my brain, I’ll turn to today’s Reflection on Self Love. Tina asked us once again to highlight and appreciate three areas of our physical body, and led with a very courageous and moving [...]

  8. Xandria says:

    I’m thankful for my butt as well. It needs to be strong to hold my strong legs. And it helped me dance for 13 years. It’s a bit bigger than I like as well, but I have had compliments on it I have refused to accept until recently. Thank you butt, love you.
    Thank you eyes, for giving me the ability to see my friends and loved ones and all the beautiful nature this world holds. Also my bass guitar. ;) And Johnny Depp. You may be a rather plain brown, but you’re still beautiful.
    Thank you arms for helping me with my job when it comes to lifting heavy things, and for getting stronger each day. I’m proud of you. You also aren’t as fat as I sometimes think you are. You’re like sticks!
    :)

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