Beauty of a Woman
The beauty of a woman is not in
The clothes she wears
The figure she carries or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman
Must be seen from her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman
Is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman
Is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows, the beauty of a woman
With passing years-only grows.
Pledge to my Body
I hereby agree from this day forward to fully participate in life on earth. I agree to inhabit the appropriate vehicle for participation…a body. As a requisite for the sustaining of that body, I agree to eat consciously. This agreement fully binds me for the duration of my stay on earth.
As an eater, I agree to hone my hunger, eating when I feel hungry and stopping when I feel full. I recognize that as the biological need to eat is fulfilled with greater awareness, the benefits of well being will increase.
Because the essence of my participation in life is one of learning and exploration, I agree to experience uncertainty in my eating. I recognize that my relationship to food is a learning process and I will inevitably make mistakes. Therefore, I agree to accept my humaness and imperfections and not blame and judge myself.
As an eater, I accept pain, I recognize that I may suffer pain when my body is disturbed by my choice of food or eating habits. I may also experience pain when emotional and spiritual hungers are confused with physical hunger. During these times I agree to sit with and hold a safe place inside myself in which to explore painful and difficult feelings. I recognize that to be fully alive I must be willing to heave the courage to sit with a full range of emotions.
I agree to work on finding the time and energy necessary to feed and care for my body. I pledge to speak lovingly and kindly to myself and to incorporate movement into my life in fun and joyful ways.
I further agree to accept that I have a woman’s body; a body that is imperfect and vulnerable, curved, and rounded. Because I am giving up the need to be perfect, I am willing to accept m body at its natural weight. I realize that my female body has qualities that mark my womanhood and that have a profound role and effect on human kind.
I recognize that eating joins me to all humanity and at its deepest level is an affirmation of life. Each time I eat, I agree somewhere inside to continue life on earth. This choice to eat is a fundamental act of love and nourishment, a true celebration of my existence. I choose life again and again and again.
-Wellons, L (1997). Celebrating the Body. Austin, TX
This was giving to me at a pivotal time in my life and we were encouraged to write our own individual pledge to our bodies. After doing so, we each came back and shared them as a group, it was phenomenal, and powerful. Some went off the format that Ms. Wellons had written, some took a path completely their own. Everyone is so unique, and everyone brings such a refreshing persepctive.
My hope is that you can take this, post it somewhere to remind yourself what an amazing and beauitful creation you are! I also hope you can take some time, reflect, and write your own pledge. Please come back and share your thoughts, your pledge, or whatever so we can continue to learn, live, laugh, grow, and empower both ourselves and one another!
Blessings to you all!!