(Warning, nudity contained in this post so if you can’t handle, click away now.)
On Healthy Body Image:
Saw these in my internet travels today.
Made me sad.
Also made me hopeful for the growing awareness.
Both of these (although from other sources) were in this good blog post here:
I encourage you to read the entire post, nothing new but still worth a read.
The line that sticks out the most to me:
“fashion has shifted the focus from health to size, and the implications have been disastrous.”
Reading the bOOb book, examining my personal growth over the past few years, and seeing things like this really make me want to get involved in some sort of work that inspires women. I’m not sure what that will entail. I think I will try writing a bit about this subject, perhaps a play. I’m also looking into various organizations I could become a part of. Know of any good ones I might resonate with? Let me know. (I’m not looking for picket-line activism, but more educating women.)
On Healthy Relationship/Love:
With permission, here is a lovely quote (patched together from a long conversation) someone I know had with someone else I know. Here’s what a woman who has been married for 30 years has to say about the subject:
“Someday, you’ll meet someone, and he’ll be drawn to you because he’ll see what you’re up to and he’ll think that’s the sexiest thing, I mean, you know, people with lives are the sexiest people on earth. And you two will come together and he’ll respect what you are doing with your life and you will respect what he is doing with his, and you’ll just exist together, doing what you love to do. You might spend a lot of time dropping each other off at airports, but that will be okay because you’ll be excited for each other and you’ll truly support each other. There really are men out there who can’t stand boring women. There are men who will admire you for your mind and the way you attack problems and how you think and what you do. And when that happens, you’ll have found your buddy! Your buddy and your lover. And there is nothing better. And if that happens, you just take some time from grad school, if you need to. Who cares? Grad school is on your terms. So take your time.”
Someday in my life, this will be what I will want, and need.
On Yoga (which affects all around health)
My ten weeks of yoga for singers class has drawn to a close, and I will quite miss having it twice a week. Participating in yoga has really, really, really changed my life. I am so much more positive, centered, balanced, at peace. I am much more aware of my body and my breathing (especially when singing.) I am dealing with my crazy life a little better. I am much more flexible, and continue to become more everyday. My core is getting stronger. My balance has always been good but it is improving. My connection with people is a lot more pure.
I am sad that this class is over, but thanks to a class card I won, when graduation is over I will have 8 classes at Living Spirit Yoga to attend, and once I have a job will be able to go regularly.
I am also setting up my own routines and using a handy ipod app to do my own practice at home.
I seriously recommend taking up yoga. I would also recommend starting at a yoga center, not at a gym. The yoga classes at a gym are generally all aerobics, without the balance of the meditation, and can be rough on beginners. (Which I still am one. Call me beginning to understand.)
Have a healthy Spring Break,
I’ll talk to you soon.