Envision that you had a best friend, and 24 hours a day your friend was constantly doing something for you.
Imagine your friend walking you to all your favorite places, blessing you with the ability to to see, to hear the magical sounds of your favorite music, eat and digest your food, hold your entire body up, read a good book, sleep and dream.
Now, picture after all that non-stop work you shame them.
You put them down.
You’re critical of them.
When you see them, you see only flaws.
After all they have done for you, and continue to do for you.
If you haven’t caught the drift yet, your friend is your body. Our beautiful bodies are working for us 24/7. And when society and the media tell us that we are not enough, and our bodies should “look like X, Y, and Z,” we believe them.
This week … no more. It’s time to get bad-ass about our bodies.
TO ACTIVELY LOVE YOUR BODY
Your challenge this week:
Write down a list of 10 things that you love about your body. Then, either keep it to yourself and view it throughout the week, or share your list anonymously with our community to inspire others! You are beautiful and strong and unique and amazing in all the ways that are YOU. Now is the time to write them down.
Take a selfie that shows YOU in all your glory, and share it. It could be in shorts, a bathing suit, in your favorite outfit, undressed and from the back or shoulders up. Maybe you just hate selfies and this is you breaking through and sharing your beautiful face with others.
Post your photo on your Facebook, Instagram, or Instagram Stories and use the hashtags #scareyoursoul and #bodylove. Our SYS Team will select one image a day and highlight it in our Scare Your Soul feed!
In mid-May, Scare Your Soul held a very special photoshoot.
To help inspire all of you, eighteen “normal people” (not models) participated in a boundary-pushing, comfort-busting naked shoot with two professional photographers. Yes, naked photoshoot.
Each participant was new to anything like this, and the transformation that took place was amazing. Before the shoots, everyone was nervous, questioning, focusing on what might happen. Several even admitted to crying in their cars on the way to the shoot, or almost turning back.
After the shoot, the results were AMAZING. Everyone was smiling … no … GLOWING. We all DID IT. And in our vulnerability, there was power. And freedom. And joy.
The photos will be part of our Instagram Stories this week. Make sure you follow us on Instagram to see them.
“I’ve never felt comfortable in my own skin.
But this year, I vowed to change my own mind. I decided I wanted to take ownership of my body, my beauty, and set a high value on my self-worth. I’ve been making small efforts to do that with every opportunity, no matter how intimidating the process has been.
I grew up in a religious household where sex and nudity were never discussed. Body acceptance wasn’t encouraged and every milestone I hit I always made myself feel that: I wasn’t good enough, strong enough, lean enough, pretty enough.
I entered my 30s and have had two children, from which, my body still bears scars and stretch marks.I’m still carrying the additional “baby weight” that should have long since been shed according to cultural standards. In my mid-thirties I had a traumatic relationship experience which has left me closed-off and very shielded from others, especially intimately. My body hasn’t felt like my own in years, if ever.
This year, as a part of my 2018 resolution, I decided to quit allowing myself to revel in the negative. So, I said “yes” to a Scare Your Soul challenge. Why? I want to jump in to the pool of confidence rather than just dipping my toes. I talk about body-love weekly in my fitness classes so I should be the shining example of practicing what I preach.
I get a choice on how I get to live my life and I can choose how I want to feel. I want to feel strong and beautiful. I signed up for this challenge to take me completely out of my comfort zone. I felt utterly vulnerable, afraid, and anxious. You know that dream where you walk into school naked? That is EXACTLY what this felt like when I walked out of my clothes and in front of the camera. I immediately found myself covering my breasts and hiding my sucked-in stomach under my hands.
By the end of the session I felt relaxed.
I felt calm.
I felt radiant in a new way.
I stopped hiding behind my hair and my hands.
I saw images as the photographer was shooting and found beauty in my curves that I never knew existed. I left this challenge feeling a bit more confident and utterly unstoppable.
I cried tears of happiness on my way home and realized if I could just do THAT- I can stop being self-destructive.”
See more of Nikki’s photos on our Instagram Stories this week.
Invite your friends to join you this week, and to join Scare Your Soul.