When I first started this blog I intended to make body love letters the majority of the published articles. I envisioned that I‘d have a lot of people jumping at the change to jot down words of kindness to their body. It turns out that people have a difficult time finding anything nice to say about themselves because they feel they don’t have the ideal body. In encouraging body love letters, I wanted to stress that there is no shortage of splendor when it comes to our bodies. The simplicity of life giving breath, the intricately orchestrated mechanisms of digestion, the reflexes that make you remove your hand from a hot surface before your brain even has time to process what happened, and your skin.
Your skin! The largest organ you have and perhaps the one you take the most for granted. The one you only think about when you want to complain about acne, scar, stretch marks or sagging. I invite you to watch this video below and witness what it would be like if your skin did not function the way it should. Witness the courage and determination of a young boy who lives with a skin condition that leaves him in permanent pain. I hope this encourages you to dwell in the things you take for granted about your body. To take time and thank your body for the way it is so beautifully and purposefully designed.
If you would like to write a love letter to your body, please email it to email@example.com
If you would like to donate to Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) research, go to http://www.debra.org/
Isabelle Masado writes about body compassion on her blog "The Dear Body Project". She knows all too well that the personal is the political, is the community. As such, there is no discussing body compassion without talking about the assault on black bodies, trans women, and people with disabilities. Her mantra is, "How can I live in a way that makes room for you too"? She writes to examine, to heal, to redeem.