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Body Proud

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sing it out loud
You should be proud!

And *blushes* yes, I am.

OK, my body is by no means perfect. It's almost 60, after all. And a decade ago, was some 85 pounds heavier. It's borne two babies. Endured serious illness, and a number of surgeries.

So of course it has some wrinkles, and it has some stretchy saggy stuff.

But still.

I'm enjoying living in my body.

I'm enjoying moving my body.

I'm enjoying dressing my body.

Some of you will know e.e. cummings' great poem, "i like my body . . ." : it's somewhat erotic, so I won't copy and paste it here.

If you'd like to read it, here's the link:

http://www.americanpoems.com
/poets/eecummings/11922

But -- erotic situations aside -- it's good to be in this space. This body. Feeling strong, lean, fluid and flexible.

We sometimes think of ourselves as "ghosts in the machine" -- spiritual or intellectual or emotional entities inside a shell. Truth is, the quality of our spiritual experience, our intellectual prowess, our emotional intensity: all of these are inextricably intertwined with the physical embodiment that moves us -- moves us literally and moves us metaphorically.

Am I an intellectual type? Yup, card carrying and fully credentialed: there is no denying it.

But (and just as important): I like my body. I like being a body.

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  • TRAVELGRRL
    What a great blog! Enjoying success through your eyes. Can't wait to be the one writing this blog in a few months. ;-)
    3288 days ago
  • PENNYAN45
    You are in an good place - both literally and metaphorically.

    It couldn't be better.

    I am very happy for you.


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    3289 days ago
  • FLORABEL
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    Love this blog! I forgot that maybe at the end of all this effort, I might feel better, too (versus just be healthier). Thanks for the reminder.

    ps: anything by Cummings = instant love. He's amazing.
    3290 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    SO right! Don't you sometimes feel those thighs and calves working working working and just rejoice in the muscles?? I love that feeling!!!!

    I also like that poem - abstractly erotic!
    3290 days ago
  • FREELADY
    Beautiful ideas, beautifully written.

    Rejoicing with you!!
    3290 days ago
  • YOGATIME
    Hurray for saying this so well!! It is amazing and liberating to be able to live in a body that was and is totally created just for you!
    3291 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2403740
    You are so right, we are body and soul - just totally miraculous creations - no matter what age, weight, looks or temperament - and you are so right, it is great to celebrate and recognize what we are. Loved this joyous blog.
    3291 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    This really resonated, and I'm grateful to you for saying it right out. I'm hearing echoes in my intellectual brain, inside a body I like. Well said, and a great blog! emoticon
    3291 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    "Feeling strong, lean, fluid and flexible."
    Doesn't get much better than that!
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    3291 days ago
  • KRISTI2661
    Love it! I'm working on getting there - although, I do find myself catching extra glimpses in the mirror as I walk by, so maybe it's closer than I thought.

    Excellent blog!


    3291 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Awesome!! Feel so good for you! I understand. As a kid I lived so much in my head. I had success in the academic arena, so I left the physical for others. Now I am so much more comfortaxle. I really like living in this xody. Sometimes I get a little sad that I didn't figure it out sooner, yet mostly I'm just glad to xe me now!! (Excuse me - my second letter isn't working, so I'm suxstituting an x!!) -Marsha
    3291 days ago
  • no profile photo REILLYGIRRRL
    Great blog.
    3291 days ago
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