A Body Beautiful
by Jodi Blubaugh
I grew up hating, I mean really hating my body. I have always had a chubby body and until a few years ago I thought that meant that I was in some way inferior. There are probably other women who feel this way also. We are our own worst critics and imperfections that seem catastrophic to us might not even get noticed by someone else.
Why do we treat ourselves this way? I would like to say it is all the fault of our corrupt society blah, blah, blah. But the truth is that we are self-centered and too concerned about how things reflect on us. Please understand, I am not saying this is wrong. It just is what it is.
What I really want to say is this: I am not my body! You are not your body! The body is just a tool for you to employ. Perhaps, if we could believe that when we treat ourselves with respect and nurturing the energy of our body would change. Until then consider that your body is an instrument for you to dance with. It is beautiful regardless of its size, shape or ability.
Although we like to look our best, does that mean that we have to look like that model in Cosmo? I want to look my best and my best is different than your best or the Cosmo model’s best. I am unique in my mind and in my looks and that is as it should be. Love your body, it is an amazing work of art and architecture, even if it isn’t perfect.
About the Author
Jodi Blubaugh was first introduced to bellydance in college. She was taking a humanities course and her instructor assigned a semester project. The assignment was to identify an art form she had not yet experienced, learn what she could about it, and report on it at the semester’s end.
Jodi wanted to learn more about bellydance but was overweight and had some serious self-esteem issues and shyness. It was a tough decision to put herself out there like that. She said, "I knew that if I was ever going to be happy with being me, there was no way I could back down from this challenge no matter how scared I was."
Jodi enrolled in a community education bellydance class. Phase one of her plan had commenced. Her task consisted of 8 weeks of bellydance classes, a recital, a performance for the humanities class, and one really thick shell to break through.
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