Did you look at yourself in the mirror today and think, “Damn, I am GORGEOUS!”? Or did you think something more like, “My ass is the size of Cuba,” or, “Wasn’t acne supposed to let up after puberty?” or maybe just, “Bleargh!”?
Or did you even look at yourself in the mirror at all? I mean really look. More than just a passing glance to make sure your shirt wasn’t embarrassingly wrinkled or pants encrusted with dog hair. Did you see your own body today? Did you acknowledge it? Or did you take its miraculous workings for granted?
I’ve said, ad nauseum, that I default to ignoring my body’s existence. So believe me I’m not judging if your interactions with the mirror were merely cursory today. But I’ve come up with a short list of activities that could help us all reconnect with our physical selves after eons of behaving like a bodiless brains.
Take a bubble bath
Is that trite? So the eff what?! All baths are fantastic in my book, but bubble baths are more tactile than bubble-free ones. Splooshing around amongst all that fun foam will make you remember what your parts are, how they feel, and how grateful you are to have them in working order.
Get a massage
I’m not talking about a perfunctory shoulder rub from your BFF. Commit. Spend money. Get naked. Let someone who knows about muscles and joints find out where you’re carrying your tension. Remember your own bones, and get groggy from the bliss of entrusting your body to a pro.
Throw on a little OK Go, don the earbuds, and move. Install yourself before a full-length mirror and practice the five basic ballet positions. Head to the club in your comfy shoes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle out on the floor while ignoring the world. Breathe and move and repeat.
Can’t remember what your body is all about? A quick self-servicing might be all the reminder you need.
Take a martial arts class
All bodies are powerful, including YOURS. No matter if you’re underweight, overweight, teeny, giant, awkward, or graceful, there is a martial art that will harness the astonishing power of your personal kinetic energy. Commit to learning about your inner reserves of physical strength, and you’ll soon be more body aware and appreciative than ever.
Create a self-portrait
Photos are fantastic, but you’ll be more body-aware if you draw or paint your awesome self. Use pencil, pastel, or finger paint. Artistic skill is optional: Close study of your personal shapes, angles, and contours is mandatory.
Image courtesy SeraphimC.