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Don’t You Know?

How are you doing? Are you hanging in there? Are you finding some islands of peace, of ease, of rest, of love in the middle of this shit storm?

Do you have a small list of reminders when it feels very dark? A few encouraging words like tiny ants marching across the notepad?

A snippet of a poem?

A picture of you as a toddler being unabashedly you? 

A snapshot of a place that took your breath away?

A piece of music that bypasses your mind and lands you smack dab in the middle of your body?

What got me through this week was this woman on The Twitter who inhabits such a free and joyful expression of body positivity, I just could not stop watching her. 

Google tells me Body Positivity is:

“…a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, while challenging the ways in which society presents and views the physical body. The movement advocates the acceptance of all bodies regardless of physical ability, size, gender, race or appearance.”
 
RIGHT?
 
Who wouldn’t get behind that
 
Who wouldn’t want ALL human beings to accept the bod pod they’re in?

Some might say, well, if they aren’t healthy, they shouldn’t accept that. If they’re obese, they shouldn’t accept that. If they aren’t in shape, the most fit and fabulous they can be, they shouldn’t accept that.

No.

We change from love, from deep acceptance, from opening to right now. 
 
Because if we don’t accept what is, if we see it as bad or wrong or dangerous, we do the opposite: we reject.

When we fight what we’re feeling, the thing we reject gets stuck.

Change happens once the situation is accepted exactly as it is.

The paradox is, once you’re okay with what is, it can change.
 
We don’t accept it TO change it. It’s not a strategy or a manipulation.  
 
It’s like the gift of self-compassion. We give ourselves tenderness and care when we feel bad because we feel bad, not to make the bad go away. When we do that, we find comfort, relief, even peace.

Our bodies are our homes.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a peaceful home?

Dear Reader, whatever it is you are rejecting, click here and watch.

See if you can embody your version of Ka Msen.

See if you can say,

Everything is sitting where it’s supposed to be sitting.

Even my stomach is giving a little bit of ginger, a little bit of pepper, maggi, salt. 

It’s kind of amazing, right? Powerful? Liberating? Energizing?????

See if you can say, This–whatever this is–that belly, those thighs, that scar, these wrinkles, those magic arm wings–

It’s ADDING. 

It’s all adding. Your bod pod. Your home. Your miraculous human machine doing its best for you every second of every minute of every hour of every day.

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