Self-Love: May 19, 2011
Mothers Day is behind us, and now Al, my husband, and I are in Hawaii for our annual business trip with Natures’ Best, a natural food supplier for the grocery store he manages in Sonoma.
I brought my Self-Love Body Cream, laptop, some good books, a few pieces of jewelry, and sunscreen. What else do you need to practice Self-Love while in Hawaii? Well, perhaps clothes, some bathing suits, a big floppy hat, flip flops, and walking shoes.
This morning my husband and I had our coffee on the balcony overlooking the ocean from the 28th floor of our hotel. The surfers were already catching waves before we had completely wakened up. It was 6:30 am; the sun was shining in the sky and on the ocean. We were eating cottage cheese and fresh fruit with a sprinkling of granola. What a wonderful beginning to the day.
We walked down to the beach and I noticed many different sized bodies. There are definitely the six pack, “ripped” surfers, along with the fat stomached, bikini wearing girls. What is refreshing is that if you look around, the “ripped” surfers are in the minority. The diversity of bodies in bathing suits is amazing! There are pot-bellies, dark skinned, sunburned, firm, jiggly, rotund, curvy, skinny, fat, young, and old bodies everywhere!
I also notice that most everyone is smiling. Could it be the proximity to the ocean, the favor of the sunshine, and the cooling breezes all conspiring to help us get in touch with this gift of life?
How would your life be different if you noticed, without judgment, that people come in all different sizes, and we all have the right to put on our suits and enjoy the sun, sand, and water?
Let me hear your story of body acceptance/gratitude by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be posted here.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!