A Love Letter to My Body

belly love (2)Last week I shared my struggles with learning to love my body again. I’ve been diving into the world of improving your body image and have come to a fascinating realization: you must learn the love the skin you’re in NOW. Not when you lose 5 lbs or the zit on your chin goes away or the cellulite disappears. You have to love your body as it is NOW – perceived imperfections, flaws, injuries, and all.

This morning I looked at myself naked in the mirror and gave thanks – to the things I love about my body and the things I don’t love so much about my body. The things that I cherish and the things that frustrate me. And the latter was more powerful than the former, because it’s those wrinkles, cellulite, muffin top, and love handles that make you the woman you are today. They tell your story.

How can you give thanks for your body today? Here’s my ‘thank you.’ Feel free to adapt parts or all of it as you re-learn how to give thanks for your body – just as it is. Warts, scars, pimples, and all.

 

Hello gorgeous!

 

I love you feet. You are so supportive and keep me centered and grounded. I love that I broke my heel twice in one year and that it is so slow to heal. You, lovely heel, made me slow down when I wanted to ramp it up to the speed of light. You made me take a much-needed break. For that I am grateful.

 

I love you legs. You are so strong and get me where I need to go. I love your cellulite for it reminds me to take care of myself. I love your muscle tone for it reminds me of just how powerful you are.

 

I love you butt. I love your stretch marks for they tell the story of where you’ve been and how I’ve grown. I love the way you jiggle. You provide me with such a good cushion to sit on. And I love, love, love the way you look in jeans.

 

I love you belly. I love your extra padding – I know you’ve got me covered when I get too busy to eat. I love that you digest my food and send the energy to all the cells of my body so I can do what I want to do each day. I love your scars, for they tell of your struggles and of your triumph. Of all the surgeries you’ve been through. I love your cute little innie belly button.

 

I love you back. You are strongly, silently supportive. You help me stand and sit up straight and keep good posture. I love when you ache because you are letting me know that you need a little TLC and that I’ve been burning the candle at both ends again and need to take a break. I love when you protest so loudly that I have to call my chiropractor for she takes excellent care of us.

 

I love you breasts. Your softness, your fullness, your sensitivity. I love when you ache because I know my hormones are doing their job and my period is on its way. I love your color, how you turn rigid and pebble when you’re cold or aroused. You communicate my feelings better than I do sometimes!

 

I love you collarbones. I love the way you stick out, the way you accent my neck and shoulders. I love the way you hold up my chest and support my internal organs to do their job to their fullest capacity.

 

I love you shoulders. You are downright sexy. I love your muscle tone, your strength. I love that you protest when I work you too hard, that you tense up when I’ve been sitting at my desk for too long. You remind me to take a Goddess break now and then.

 

I love you arms. You let me reach for the stars and never hold me back. I love when your elbow tendonitis kicks in because it lets me know I’ve been working you too hard and you need a break. I love your softness. I love your sun spots and freckles for they tell of all the exciting places we’ve been.

 

I love you neck. You do such a good job of holding up our head! I love your wrinkles, for they tell your age – like rings on a tree. They tell of your life experiences, your struggles, your triumphs. I love when you ache and let me know I need to move you in some direction other than looking forward at my computer screen. I love that when you get tight, you still pop and release and feel better.

 

I love you face. I love your wrinkles, for they tell our story – of all the good – and not so good – times we’ve spent together. I love your sun spots for they remind me of when we were in Hawaii. I love that you still get acne at age 40. It makes me feel young again. I love that you have smile lines. It lets me know I’ve lived a good, happy life.

 

I love you eyes for you are the window to my Soul. And you’re gorgeous! I love your color, your openness, your honesty. For you let the world see us for who we are.

 

I love you ears. I love that you are so big so I can hear everything I want to. I love that you too get blackheads and pimples, just like my face. You let me know not to forget to take care of you.

 

I love you hair.  You are long and luxurious. I love your color- even your grey stripe that grows in width each passing year. You are sexy and soft and make me feel like the goddess I am.

 

I love you brain. You are so smart. You help me write, think, talk, and feel. I love it when you obsess and ruminate for it lets me know what I need to let go of.

 

I love you organs. You do such a wonderful job keeping me alive. I love that I don’t have to remember to breathe or tell our heart to beat. You just do it all on your own with no help from me.

 

I love you ovary, fallopian tube, and uterus. I love our struggle with endometriosis because it made me realize what a gift my periods were. I love that you sacrificed one side of my reproductive system so you could thrive. I love that you took a little 9-year break to recoup before coming back in full force. You make me feel like the powerful woman I am.

 

I love you blood. You are my life. Without you I could not live. I love that you transport nutrients where they need to go. I love that you bleed red – the color of life. I love that you pour forth from me every 28 days and remind me of what a gift you are.

 

I love you, body. I love you, Mary. I give thanks for you – for all the miracles you perform every day. I love you. I love you. I love you.

 

I hope you too will take some time today to celebrate you and your body. You (and your body) are truly a miracle.

 

Goddess bless!

 

20 Comments

  • Hi Mary! I LOVE your love letter! Body concept is so connected to cultural norms and that’s what’s disappointing to me. Consider other cultures where a large-bodied woman is most attractive — there, all the women want to be bigger and the thin ones are shamed and considered unfit for motherhood. Like you, I continue whisper sweet nothings to myself as I age and try to embrace the reflection in the mirror — silver hair and crow’s feet included!

  • Andrea says:

    What a powerful post ~ I need to work on better ‘listening skills’ when it comes to messages from this body. Thanks!

  • Mary, I love this sweet and meaningful post. Your letter is just beautiful! Women learn at such a young age to notice the things they do not love about their bodies and we become obsessed. I love how you love the little imperfections, as they serve a purpose. Being grateful is so wonderful and brings such life. I appreciate this post, thank you!

  • nada says:

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful letter. Body love and acceptance is something most women struggle with silently. I have shared your letter on my fB page, hoping to inspire others to look at the lighter side of things. I love the way you turned potential negatives into powerful positives. You are truly a goddess. Bless you.

  • Jan Deelstra says:

    Oh Mary! This is a DIVINE post! Simply love it. And if you would ever like to guest blog, shoot me a note. xox

  • Llinos says:

    I LOVE this letter! I am going to write one to my hair and stomach. Thankyou <3

  • Shann says:

    Big love to you as you communicate and listen closely to your beautiful body.

  • Janet Nestor says:

    Hi Mary. What a great blog post. I love your love letter to your body. Well Done!
    Janet

  • Nadia says:

    Way to go! Loving your body, giving thanks. YESSS! Let’s introduce a new paradigm. A new way we experience our bodies. I am with you 100% thank you for a beautiful, inspiring blog post.

  • Linda Joy says:

    Mary, what a beautiful reminder for all women to ” love the skin you’re in NOW. You have to love your body as it is NOW – perceived imperfections, flaws, injuries, and all.” We are Divine as we are!

  • This is so powerful Mary. Loving yourself entirely today… right NOW – is so important for overall happiness and well-being. Thank you for sharing your beautiful “love letter” to your body with us. Our bodies are all truly miraculous!

  • Mary E. Pritchard, Ph.D. says:

    Ladies, I am so overwhelmed by your kind words. I have decided to make body love and body compassion the focus of this month’s telecall. If you are interested in learning more, please go here: http://awakeningthegoddesswithin.net/march-telecall/

    And thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me.

  • Tina says:

    What a yummy love letter and declaration to the body;) I have a little ritual where I make up a yummy essential oil blend and as I massage it into my body after a shower, I express my deep love and appreciation for every particle that makes up this glorious body.
    Have you considered making a recording of your love letter?…
    Many joyful blessings,Tina

    • Mary E. Pritchard, Ph.D. says:

      What a great ritual, Tina! And no, I haven’t yet made a recording of it, but it will come shortly. 🙂

  • Pamela says:

    What a great idea – writing a love letter to your body! A great way to celebrate ourselves as women as we so rarely do! Thanks Mary for this post.

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