2.8.12

DAY 283

celebrating real me

My contribution to photo-heart connection this month is related to me and my personal journey in a more deeply way than my previous contributions

A few weeks ago I wanted to take some photos of my feet because it was the weekly theme of a group I joined in flickr. For one reason or another, mainly because this is the way my brain works, I started to think about how feet usually go unnoticed, even when they are so very important and  about my relationship with them and the role they play in my current life, I have discovered that going for a walk is such a therapeutic thing!...

Well, the thing is that I started to play and to take some photos and I published a few of them with my musings. This one, even when it was edited, kept unpublished (I am not sure why) and looking through my files a couple of days ago, I realized this had to be my photo-heart connection of this month because it contains a sort of affirmation that arouses strong emotions in me

I´ve never found myself beautiful. Even when deep inside me  I know I am a good looking woman, without being a conventional beauty and people finds me elegant or attractive, I always managed to find a tiny fault with my body or my face and felt unhappy with them. I was not worried by social speeches about beauty or determined to fit the social stereotypes, I had read enough to understand that this was only market´s trends -or at least this was not the main problem- it was something deeper

When I started this journey, this became secondary, I had so many things to analyze and change inside me. But along the way I worked on areas that started to thrown light upon this issue. I found out the great importance of honoring my body, of treating it well, and realized that this journey was about embracing the whole of me

While I was learning how to do this I was thinking in terms of healing, well-being and conscious, but later on this process has shown itself to be a process that alludes to beauty, a process which is about finding beauty not only around me, but in me, too. This beauty can be  abstract, ethereal beauty, inner beauty,  a beauty which is related to harmony and peace and also real, tangible and even sensual beauty which is much more related to the physical senses

So now I am willing to consider my life and myself to be beautiful in the widest sense of the word, and this include physical beauty

In a sense, this has amazed me. I had imagined this process would lead me to overcome my insecurities about my appearance because I would not be concerned by my body anymore, because I could be beyond the purely physical aspects of my life. I hadn´t imagined this could happen because I would be appreciating, respecting and loving my body. I hadn´t imagined I could be looking at it and see a prodigious creation but also tons of charm

But I am doing this and even more, I am celebrating, improving and enjoying what I have and let me tell you something: I feel more confident and powerful than ever before

10 comments:

Ana Eugénio said...

that confidence and power must be delightful. sounds like a reborn! congrats :) thanks for sharing sweetie. xxo

Bo Mackison said...

This is a great photo-heart photo. Bravo for you!

Introverted Art said...

To see you coming into your own, to see the confidence and power that emanates from your words is like witnessing a miracle.

Deborah Tisch said...

What an inspirational post you have shared here! I value that lesson of looking for beauty within. I, too, often look for beauty all around me but never think to look inside for it.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom here.

Kathryn said...

Way to go . . . I'd love to feel that confidence some day but so far it eludes me.

Kat Sloma said...

"I found out the great importance of honoring my body, of treating it well, and realized that this journey was about embracing the whole of me." Wow. So powerful. I see where this journey has brought you and I hope to one day be in the same place. My inner journey has too led to a respect for my body as the house for my soul, and that has changed how I think about myself too. Thank you for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection. Your post this month is a great inspiration to me.

Cathy H. said...

Wonderful image and beautiful words! You have given me much to think about! I know beauty is from within, but I need to be reminded of this frequently!

Becs said...

Fabulous image and I found your words so powerful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing this journey you are on.

Elsie said...

You are an artist with your words, it comes realy from your inner space I think, I am working on myself too with healing and reading from a 'friend' it brings me so much but I am not such a word artist like you are, thank you for sharing so much of your self, I enjoy to visit your blog.

Suzette Rothlisberger said...

Just stopping by to say hello! I love your image, (I know I'm way late in commenting on this series of images in Photo-Heart Connection) but I saw your work and wanted to say something. As always, your words are wonderful and inspirational to me. This is the first time I've been to your blog and it is beautiful as well. I'll get back to flickr one of these days...still unpacking...finally!

Take care!

In good spirit ~ Suzette (desertskyblue)

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