by Hannah Bressler
by Aiano Nakagawa
Be Soft: A Meditation
Softness is integral to healing and personal growth
for any part of you (body, mind, energy channels).
When you are tense, there is no room for things to move and flow.
Be soft. Let go. And things will flow.
by Aiano Nakagawa
It’s been about four years since I began acknowledging and addressing my own learned and internalized fat-phobia. The last four years I have made a conscious effort to reclaim my relationship with my body, and find power in my big, strong, squishy body.
by Megan Amal
Winter is really hitting its stride here in Chicago and as a Floridian, I am looking everywhere for ways to cope. I had heard that this season can be an emotional and physical challenge and am now, in my first Winter, coming to understand why. The sun hides for days at a time, my skin is dry, and my joints ache. Even my Floridian car is strugglin’!
So, here in this Winter Warmth series I will share exercises, activities, ideas, and recipes that are helping me appreciate my first time in seasons. This series will be helpful to other Winter newbies and snow-day veterans alike. Although inspired by the harsh weather in Chicago, this information will be useful to those in more mild climates, and even to those lucky fools back in Florida.
Be honest to yourself about what you want: out of life, to eat, to feel, to do in this world. Honor whatever it is, without judgment. Give yourself whatever it is you need. This is a process that takes time. It is the process of getting to know yourself, getting to know your body – without judgments or assumptions – learning to let all the parts of you be what they are.
Face them, hear them, know them, and find peace in letting them be.
Many of us work against ourselves – denying us pleasure, fulfillment, and fullness. This is no way to find peace. We are working for peace within our bodies and ourselves to reconnect us to our power center. We are learning how to listen to ourselves and honor our needs and desires.
Be kind, be gentle, be love, be open.
Enjoy your body.