We are so harsh in our society on women and our bodies. I was/am one of them. Maybe not so much with others, but definitely with myself. And at the end of the day, both are ridiculous. I’ve been going to school at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts for Holistic Nutrition for the past few months and it is changing my life and my perspective on my own body and the bodies of women. I didn’t see that comin’ that’s for sure, but it has been necessary. If I am going to help people get healthier and aid in healing disease and ailments as a calling, I have to live a life of embracing and accepting. And shouldn’t this be the way for all of us? Accepting ourselves and accepting others right where we’re at is the only way to break through to the other side and have the kind of freedom in our bodies God desires for each of us. We should never feel shame for the way we look, even if the way we look represents deeper issues or societal pressures or a body that isn’t the ‘norm’ (whatever that means). We are human. We are women. And we are loved. If not by others than by the One who made us, always, unconditionally.
Four-and-a-half months from now I will be giving birth to my second child and right now my body is not my own, but then again, it is, isn’t it? This is fully me, fully mother, fully woman. I have been resisting this moment in time, but why? Because I feel inadequate, uncomfortable, not ‘myself?’ Yes. All of the above. But this is all of me giving all of my body over to growing and nourishing my child. And it is a gift. In all of it’s heavy, uncomfortable, hormonal glory, this is a gift. And whether you are pregnant or not, feel worthy or worthless in your own skin, our bodies in all of their various shapes are one of the greatest gifts we have.
And so I accept. And so I embrace. And in one week, I will see just who I’ve been nourishing: girl or boy. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter because it is all bigger than me and it is all energy, life, spirit and movement. I can resist or I can flow. Today, I’m gonna’ flow…
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