Body Image: This Belly

For me, this entire area has been a source of disgrace;
the reveal of my self-consciousness, I must now face.

For so long I held myself back in my power,
not wanting to feel, not wanting to heal,
denying my own unique individuality.

When the more I choose to feel
the pain that seeks comfort,
the more love I can bless,
the less food I need to digest.

These areas the place of
my creativity, conception,
procreation and baby-carrying.
Now, I return to them with loving grace.

In this picture, you can also see my hips.
The top of my pelvis, this place of balance.
The hips carry my body forward, sometimes
to the side and sometimes backwards.

But my desire to run again has waned.
In spite of my reduction in activity,
I still find more and more concavity
in this place, this space
called my belly.

The belly holds the energy of two chakras:
1. The sacral chakra (just below the navel) and the energy of procreation, desires, duality, creativity, emotions. Water is the element: emotions.
2. The solar plexus chakra (just below the breastbone): digestion, power, strength, personal individuality. Fire is the element, think: the sun (hence solar).

Both are involved with intuition, hence the expression listening to “the gut.”

Body Image Series

Namaste
__/|\__ Metta
2016.02.15

 

6/2015: a larger belly, firmer skin… feel like i cannot win sometimes!
The skin of my lower belly sags from weight loss. I protected it from the first view. 

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  1. So relatable, thank you so Kuching for sharing. I, too, have saggy skin from weight loss. A lot of it, in more than just my belly. It’s so difficult – to feel so proud and empowered by the loss, butt also sad and disappointed with the end result…

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  2. Quick sidebar on running – You might enjoy the book “Born to Run” as a source of inspiration. Tiffany, regarding this post there is no shame…you are beautiful ā¤ We are all a work in progress with advances and setbacks. Your tummy is sexy with your breasts teasingly and majestically torturing us from above…pull the camera a little further away so we can get a better view! šŸ˜‰ This is a beautiful tribute to a woman's belly. We spend nine months getting out and the rest of life trying to get back in…

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    1. Thank you re both! I’m actually the most happy I’ve ever been with my belly! Even when it was thin as a teenager; the peak of my self-hatred!
      Yes, I’ve read born to run. A SEAL training book actually got me started, maybe I need to dust that one off.

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  3. Well, I have always believed a woman’s belly is her most beautiful part. It reveals a connection to the mother and as a mother herself, a woman exhibits great beauty. I believe you are very beautiful. Shan’t take no for an answer.

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    1. BP, it’s so lovely to hear from you! I love that you share your vision of what you find beautiful in others, particularly women! It’s always refreshing when your words grace my pages. Thank you!yes, I love my belly more than I ever have, a reflection of my own self love developing further. šŸ™‚

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      1. HA! I drank too many of those one night, guess Angels were looking out for me, not sure how I didn’t die (we’ll not say how many I have, and yes I remember).
        I’ll find my peace in Whiskey! Thank you, lovely Rita! Sisterly Love XOXO!

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  4. Tiffany, you’re gorgeous! Everyone has dreams they want to accomplish. I know I’ve wanted to get. Back into running the past year. I’m trying but with kiddos it is slow meeting my goals. The positive thing is we continue to strive for our dreams. You are doing just than! You’re beautiful! ā¤

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    1. Aww! you’re so very sweet both to emphathize re: running and to say I am beautiful. Slowly, I am becoming more accepting of both (how old are your children? 8 & 4 for me, girl then boy). This Body Image series has been incredibly freeing! Writing is helping me to release the bad feelings. Some posts I let sit and age, so that I can fall in love with myself a little more before it goes live…. Not sure how that works, yet it does. Each time now that I see my belly images, I have a greater appreciation for me and my body. It took a few days to get there, so now that it’s out there, I’m much more loving. Thank you for dropping by, again! I seem to be in production mode and wish I spent more time reading. If you choose to do a piece about your body, please link me. I’d love to reblog it!

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  5. Have you ever looked at pictures or statues of fertility goddesses? They have your precise body shape. It’s a divine body shape. The push to have a skinny frame and a six-pack is a cultural one imposed on both men and women. While those in the health industry will claim that they simply like healthy bodies, I see nothing unhealthy about your body. Are you at risk for heart disease? Do you run? Are you active? Exactly! You’re perfectly healthy and thus your body is perfect as is.

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