Wednesday, July 14, 2010

That's my body? Hey, that's my body!

Have you ever had one of those days when you question that which you ABSOLUTELY believe in? Well, I had one of those moments a few weeks ago.

I was so excited for the release of an interview I did with Steven Kapp Perry. The topic - Mormons and Yoga. What an exciting opportunity to share my firm conviction that yoga can not only co-exist with ANY spiritual beliefs, but also help support and increase those beliefs.

This was a great avenue to share my ideas about body image with anyone who may stumble across or actively look for this interview. Well, be careful what you wish for - it just might come true!

As I opened the website to listen to the podcast, I watched a picture of myself - in seated straddle position, no less - load next to a picture of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a very prominent leader of the Mormon church.

My first reaction was "that's my body?". Then, very quickly, "hey, that's my body!" I realized in that moment that, regardless of our personal convictions and beliefs, we all have moments - hours - days, when we question those beliefs.

I spend my day teaching individuals how important it is to let go of external demands and pressures about who and what we should be; but I still have moments of blunt, in your face, internal discussions about whether I really believe what I teach.

What I found on this day was a strong foundation that reasserted itself to say - yes! I really do stand in awe of the physical body which I have been blessed with to carry me through this life; along with all the unique quirks which are ME.

So, I want to challenge you to find your "hey, that's my body!" moment and share it with everyone around you. Share it as a comment on this site and help inspire others to feel great about their own bodies!

Finally, take a look at this podcast and see if it doesn't put a smile on your face just looking at the picture of me next to the picture of Elder Holland. Somethings wrong with this picture - but it has nothing to do with my body! It has to do with the idea that I could be on a website next to him. Maybe we do get what we wish for - go figure!

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