Body Love Journal - New for Summer 2023! Gift-quality full-color journal. 160 pages. Flexible vegan cover, fabric bookmark, elastic closure.
Are your beliefs about your body helpful? Did you choose them or were they given to you. We invite you into a structured nine-week journaling process, beginning with intention setting, moving into seven themed weeks of inquiry and closing with integration. Each day includes a journal prompt and a checklist of self love and self care suggestions. Through mindful inquiry and awareness, this journal will help foster self-love and empowerment.
Our bodies’ health responds to our thoughts, as well as to the thoughts of the collective culture. When those thoughts are negative, they can limit our freedom and happiness.
The journal pages contain a checklist of suggestions on how to show your body love on a daily basis. There are also blank boxes for you to write in your answers. You might add other boxes for other actions and rituals—like “doing my physical therapy exercises,” or even highly targeted interventions like “massaging the scar tissue on my knee.”
Body dissatisfaction is pervasive in American women. 90.2% of women, across the age spectrum, are dissatisfied with their bodies. This is harmful to their mental health, as this dissatisfaction often leads to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. It also impacts sexual satisfaction (including arousal and orgasm): the number one predictor of how satisfied a woman is sexually is how she feels about her own body. Relationships are also impacted because of how we feel about their very embodiment. Moreover, 35% of women report thinking about their weight or body shape negatively every day.
Author Christine Marie Mason says, “This obsession with body size, shape, firmness and function isn’t only about health: it keeps women immensely distracted from all of the other domains of life. If a woman is set free from cultural assumptions and ingrained messages about how her body should be, and instead becomes content with her body, enjoying it and treating it right because it’s how you’d treat anything you love, well that mindspace is freed up for a hundred other potential activities. It’s also just true: bodies are miraculous. Our polymorphic diverse embodiment constitutes the beauty of the human species.”
Those beliefs can be unwound.
The inquiry questions are designed to help you evoke and examine the cultural beliefs that you’ve inherited about your body. They are questions about sex, shape, size, function, illness, and aging. About who your body belongs to, and who can make decisions about it. About what it can eat or drink or ingest. About what medical procedures are allowed and disallowed—even about how your body should be dressed. We ask things like: “Is your body here to please others?” “How is a person's body related to a person’s worth?”
Body Love Journaling, and the suggested self-care practices in the checklists, are designed to support a reintegration: a restitching together of the body, mind, and spirit.