The Body Project Session #3: Breaking Walls
Sunday was exhilarating, to say the least. The strong energy and resounding support ignited a fire in my soul and had me babbling non-stop when my husband came home. The session started as one would expect. The women trickled in, sat by those they already knew or eased into a conversation with someone with whom they felt an instant familiarity. When the first woman volunteered to start us off with the question, "Okay. Who wants to write on my butt cheeks?" I knew it was going to be an intimate (and interesting!) day.
From that point forward, the women rallied around each other to lift one another from any negative pit with hollers of motivation and plenty of ooos, aahs, and ow, ows! Some women who came in with one idea ended up changing it for something "scarier" because they felt at peace with who they were in that moment.
"This helped me realize that my body can be beautiful in so many other ways. Everybody has their own beauty."
"I learned that I'm ok. I learned that I'm still sexy in my forties. I learned perfection is ridiculous for me to even consider--WHY? I'm a hot mama."
"This is such an important thing to do for women, and I'm so excited this is happening! This is true spiritual healing and growth! So glad we're all coming together as a team rather than competition. I LOVE YOU!"
"I learned to have a confidence in sharing things I thought were better kept to myself. We have more in common physically and spiritually than we do that's different."
"I learned that even women who are strangers are kindred spirits and can empower each other to do things and be things they didn't know they could."
"My acceptance level of my body has increased. I care a little less about my 'tiger marks' and my extra weight."
What got me was how normal it all felt, as if this is what women are like all the time. The positivity and love broke down any walls we'd placed around ourselves to protect our spirits from competition, judgement, and scorn. I thought I'd be overwhelmed by the number of women here, but the murmur of elated women talking each other up, analyzing parts of their bodies in a way that was completely matter of fact and lacking sexual inuendo (for a change), and relating to one another in ways we don't normally do on a daily basis helped me relax into my camera and place focus on the woman in front of me.
The day was incredible, and as always, as inspiring as the last few sessions. We are building toward a greater you AND us. Don't ever forget this.
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