As we consider the gifts and lessons of the Sixth House, we are invited to look closely at how we live in and honor our bodies. Or how we don’t.
Show of hands .. How many folks reading this can honestly say you love your body and have a great self-image?
Well, yes, that’s what I thought. A few maybe. And possibly it was not always so. For the majority, though, I think it is very hard to, in a culture of commercialism and Photoshopped people who are often as fake and distorted as Barbie dolls.
For both men and women, many messages we get of what is beautiful, what is healthy, and what is normal are painful and pretty impossible to achieve.
But here’s a place to start.
Gloria Steinem tells us, “If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look, it can set you free.”
Also shedding much-needed light, Sarah Ban Breathnach writes, “The time has come for us to realize that until we work on increasing our self-esteem by loving ourselves in small ways, we can’t begin changing ourselves for the better in big ways.
“We must start by choosing to break the self-destructive cycle of unrealistic expectations, especially our own.”
What picture is in your head of what you should look like, feel like, be able to do with your body? Where did it come from?
Do you remember the first time you became self-conscious about your physical body? Perhaps it was a powerful, maybe painful revelation about how other people responded to your appearance, attractiveness, or prowess. How old were you? What were the circumstances?
More important, what was your take-away? How did it affect you?
I invite you to share your stories. Our stories can reveal and then they can heal.
More to come…