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What is a Truly Beautiful Body?

What is a Truly Beautiful Body?

There is no “supposed to be” in bodies. The question is not size of shape or years of age, or even having two of everything for some do not. But the wild issue is, does this body feel, does it have right connection to pleasure, to heart, to soul, to the wild? Does it have happiness, joy? Can it in its own way move, dance, jiggle, sway, thrust? Nothing else matters.
–Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from Women Who Run with the Wolves.

A few months ago, I talked with a friend whose husband had died after several grueling months battling a debilitating illness. She told me, “Before he got sick, I used to obsess about my thighs and the size of my stomach and all the rest of it. Now I just don’t. My perspective has changed.”

Find out what my friend has learned about what a truly beautiful body is–it will inspire you.

“It was so hard watching what my husband went through,” she said. “He was such a strong man, and it was terrible to see him so thin and weak. But the whole thing taught me so much. For one thing, instead of worrying that my thighs are too big, I’m just grateful I can walk. The size of my stomach doesn’t matter: I can eat and enjoy my food and digest it. I realized how crazy it is to think about all that other stuff when I have a body that functions. All our bodies are beautiful.”

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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2:41AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Thank you :)

4:13PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013


11:22PM PDT on May 24, 2013


5:22AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Everyone on Earth is beautiful

10:17AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Love yourself~ the key component to any relationship begins with how a person relates to themselves,... and acceptance is the primary foundation of love. Beauty is seen through the eyes of 'love!'.

10:06AM PST on Jan 2, 2013


10:02AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Great article!

10:02AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Great article!

11:30PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Yes, I agree too, that beauty is skin deep. & with all the ads we see on commercials, posters, ads in magazine just create an fake illusion and obsession over who we really are. I totally agree with Jeanette B.'s comment.

4:51PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012


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