Retreat-ing and Embracing
A warm thank you to the 11 wonderful people who joined me at New Hope Camp for last Sunday’s day retreat! We soaked up the fall sunlight practicing yoga on the pond, and meditated to the sound of the breeze in the trees.
The food was delicious, and the people made the day wonderful. I can’t wait to see you at the next one.
Last Thursday was our Chapel Hill screening of Embrace, and more than 100 people gathered to watch the inspiring documentary! I loved hearing you laugh and comment and gasp as you watched the film, and I was floored by your insight and passion at the discussion afterward. Many of you have just joined my biweekly self care letters, too, so welcome aboard! If you haven’t seen Embrace, you can find a screening nearby at the Body Image Movement website. You won’t want to miss it. A topic that came up after our screening of Embrace was gratitude. And on the flip side of the coin, shame, when we still feel more judgment than gratitude toward our bodies.
Feeling good feelings toward your body after decades of fighting it is hard! It usually doesn’t happen overnight or with a couple of affirmations. Gratitude and kindness for your body is a lot like skill-building. It takes practice and patience, especially in the beginning and after setbacks.
If you don’t feel good feelings toward your body today, know that one day, with enough practice, you will.
Here are a few practical steps:
Stay tuned over the coming months for a body peace discussion group that's in the works!
And, as always, if you'd like one-on-one support for more body peace and self care, get in touch about coaching and private yoga.