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Sometimes the stars align and you’re fortunate enough to be in the presence of someone truly incredible. A human being so passionate and raw, so honest and humble, so full of life and conviction, that you are in awe. I recently had such a blessed experience.
I’ll save you the time it takes to Google her...here’s a link to learn more about this amazing woman.
Jade was a speaker at Nine Revolution. Another of the many reasons why that week-long retreat was so powerful for me.
She is a gifted photographer, an empowering speaker and a total rockstar.
Instead of recapping her story (since you can learn more about her online), I want to share how her presentation affected me.
The female body is...
What do you think when you read that sentence-starter?
Do you imagine something positive? Negative?
Do you see a model-perfect figure? Or a saggy, lumpy shape?
Are you proud or embarrassed?
As a speaker, Jade is utterly captivating. Even without seeing her photographs, I would have been deeply moved by her words.
But it was the slideshow of images Jade shared in her presentation that made me realize...I've spent far too much time judging women’s bodies.
Including my own.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a harsh critic of my physical form. I’ve wished it different countless times. And in countless ways.
I’ve judged others. I’ve been jealous of women who have what our American culture has deemed ‘the perfect body’, ‘the sexy body’, ‘the fit body’. I’ve been too quick to pass judgement on women who don’t fit the socially accepted norm.
Shame on me.
Then I witnessed Jade’s photographs and my entire perspective shifted.
The intimacy of the images had a profound impact on me.
Every single woman was so stunningly beautiful that big joyful tears fell from my eyes as I viewed each new slide.
What is wrong with us? What’s happened to our society?
How have we taken something as precious as the human form and twisted our thinking so that it’s something to shame? Or hide. Or apologize for...
The female body is a work of art.
Regardless of size, color or shape.
My eyes are wide open. I see things from a completely different angle since Jade’s talk.
I’m actively choosing to celebrate women and their majesty. When I feel my mind beginning to compare, I pause and remember Jade’s images.
We are ALL divinely gorgeous beings...regardless of cellulite, stretch marks, saggy breasts, skinny arms or lumpy bottoms.
I’ve begun celebrating my own body. I’m consciously erasing the internal tapes that have been on repeat for decades. I’m now seeing myself with a fresh perspective. I welcome my own image in the mirror. I give myself grace and most surprisingly, I see beauty.
How do you feel about your own body?
Do you compare it to others?
Are you comfortable in your own skin?
I welcome your thoughts...
Check out Jade's A Beautiful Body Project.
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