Doing Trumps Judging (a few quick thoughts on bodies and gratitude)

This afternoon, I was able to lead an hour-long discussion about strength combined with a mini strength training session for an awesome group of girls in grades six through eight. This was part of Needham’s Extreme Looks Program, a free summer program which “examines how the media goes to extremes to distort girls’ self-esteem, body-image, and perceptions about relationships…. [T]he group will incorporate activities and discussions… [that] address[] the needs of the mind, body, and spirit.”

They were an incredibly engaged group, and asked some amazing questions. We ended up having a valuable discussion about the importance of reframing the negative thoughts about the parts of our bodies that we have trouble liking by recognizing what those body parts are capable of. It was a pretty incredible experience, and I’m grateful to have been a part of this program!

So here’s my challenge to you: if you catch yourself thinking judgmental thoughts about your body (in general or a specific body part), try to instead practice gratitude for what your body can do. The more I learn about the human body, the more amazed by it become: practice seeing yourself with curiosity and wonder!

(Credit for featured image above: Valentin Brown)



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