Sometimes when we struggle with a negative body image, we are encouraged to counter it with positive affirmations of love and acceptance that we don’t feel or mean, trapping us in feelings of inauthenticity and further self-judgment. But we can find balance between our self-criticism and our desires with body neutrality: focusing appreciation on our body for what it can do for us in this moment, without labeling aspects of ourselves as “good” or “bad.” This attention to gratitude can give us the internal space to help us move through the world more freely.
For too long, women have lived under the weight of a societal obsession with beauty. It’s not enough that we are teachers, scientists, nurturers, visionaries, innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs, encouragers, artists, and healers. We must also be beautiful. “We are all beautiful!”, they say.