It’s Body Positive Day. A day to be positive about our bodies. Just typing that, I realize that I need to make a conscious effort to be positive about my body and not just think critically about it.
A HUGE thanks for inventing this day to Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, who founded the non-profit The Body Positive in 1996 because of their shared passion to help people cherish their bodies in order to lead healthier and more meaningful lives.
This is a day to love our bodies as part of ourselves. A day to love our bodies for what they can do and where they can take us. To love our bodies for themselves. A day to free ourselves from judging our reflection in a passing window based on the look or shape of our bodies. A day to consciously not judge others for the look or shape of their bodies. A day to let the word “fat” just be word like any other, not an insult. A day to free ourselves from the downward spiral quest to change our bodies to fit an inhuman look or shape. A day to feed the spark of inner energy that animates us, whatever that is.
A day to do things differently that I can continue tomorrow and the next day. One Body Positive day at a time.
I’m being body positive today by writing this quick post and doing some other work for a couple projects–completing them will feel great. Then I’m getting outside–where it’s finally cooler–and taking a walk by the Mississippi, listening to the flowing water and looking at the lush vegetation from this very rainy summer. Later I’m going to a play with friends at the Fringe Festival. After the play we’ll have a delicious dinner and visit while we eat.
What are you doing today to be body positive? Watch this short video to see what others are doing. Then please share so we can inspire each other – and spread the word!