Body Love and Body Kindness

Month Five of Monkey Bar Hanging: I Encounter a Significant Obstacle and Some Failure

I like to adopt new practices and try them out for a year. Last year I practiced deep breathing for the whole year and wrote about it each month. (You can read more about this here.) This year I adopted the practice of monkey bar hanging. I made some progress the first couple of months,… Continue reading Month Five of Monkey Bar Hanging: I Encounter a Significant Obstacle and Some Failure

Body Love and Body Kindness, Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Last month, I started practicing monkey bar hanging for my daily practice for this year. (Last year I practiced deep breathing. You can read about that here.)* To be honest, the first part of the month was a wash. In the first month of my practice (May), I gained a lot of strength very quickly.… Continue reading Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Body Love and Body Kindness, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

10 Things to Do When You Feel Disgusting and Need to Feel Better

Someday we feel disgusting and need to feel better. Those days are the worst. When We Feel Badly When we feel disgusting, we often feel like we are inferior or unacceptable in some way, or we feel ashamed of ourselves. 10 Things to Do When You Feel Disgusting and Need to Feel Better - Love… Continue reading 10 Things to Do When You Feel Disgusting and Need to Feel Better

Body Love and Body Kindness, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

10 Awesome Reasons to Move Your Body That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

Do you associate exercise with weight loss, or with wonder and pleasure? If you are like a lot of people, you associate exercise with weight loss, and if you are also like a lot of people, you don't really enjoy exercise. It is understandable why you feel this way. When we focus on losing weight*,… Continue reading 10 Awesome Reasons to Move Your Body That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

Body Love and Body Kindness, Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

A New Practice and a New Adventure: Month One of Monkey Bar Hanging

Last year, I learned how to breathe. Okay, of course I knew how to breathe before last year. But last year in May, I adopted a specific breathing practice to address some wacky breathing issues I was experiencing. The first month I did my practice, it brought so many benefits to my life that I… Continue reading A New Practice and a New Adventure: Month One of Monkey Bar Hanging

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Uncategorized

Be Friends With Your Body This Summer, Part #1

This post is about how you can become friends with your body this summer. It's that time of year when we start seeing advertisements like this: Get your body beach ready. Get a bikini body fast. Whip your body into shape in time to hit the beach. Advertisements like this can make us feel like… Continue reading Be Friends With Your Body This Summer, Part #1

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Uncategorized

12 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Practiced Deep Breathing for a Year

If you have been following my blog, you may know that last May I began a breathing practice. I have continued my breathing practice* all year, and I have been blogging about it each month. You can read about month one here. (And there are links to the other months, too.) I knew that good… Continue reading 12 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Practiced Deep Breathing for a Year

Body Love and Body Kindness, Uncategorized

Belly Fat: A Love Story

This week I was going to write about how we can know when people are mistreating us. And I am going to write about that soon. (You can read the first part of that post here). But this week, a few things happened that made me decide to change the focus of this post and… Continue reading Belly Fat: A Love Story

Body Love and Body Kindness, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Uncategorized

From Enemy to Ally: Becoming Friends with Our Body

That Time Kant Inspired Me to Exercise I may be one of the only people in the world who has been inspired to be better friends with my body  by the philosopher Immanuel Kant. During my dissertation research[1], I spent a lot of time reading and researching Kant’s Lectures on Pedagogy. (There’s a point to… Continue reading From Enemy to Ally: Becoming Friends with Our Body