September 2007


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Our Bodies, Ourselves

About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

Autumn Equinox Celebration: Soulful Surrender, THIS SATURDAY!, September 22, 2007, 6:30 - 9:00pm at Santa Monica Yoga with Carol Sutherland and Mary Donovan.

Fall is a time for gathering and harvesting the fruits of our consciousness, drawing inward to the heart, and like a tree setting its leaves free, learning the great lessons of surrender and release.

Come celebrate the abundant and magnificent expressions of autumn through an inspired blending of yoga, meditation, chanting, movement, inner journeys and sacred ceremony.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves

"It is helpful to realize that this very body we have, with its aches and pleasures is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake and fully alive." - Pema Chodron

This month I'd like to share with you an excerpt from an article by actress Sheila Kelley, founder of the S Factor, an aerobic striptease class and pole dancing workout for women. Sheila's classes are designed to help empower, enlighten and change women's lives through rediscovering forgotten parts of ourselves and connecting with our "inner erotic creature".

I haven't quite made it to an S-factor class yet, but I'm intrigued and I was happy to see on the website that she has videos of the class that you can purchase and use in the privacy of your own home! I might just try that first. (For more information, visit www.sfactor.com).

When I came across her article in the September/October 2007 edition of The Dr. Christiane Northrup Newsletter (www.drnorthrup.com), I was really moved by how Sheila talked about women and our relationship to our bodies. She has a lot of wisdom to share. I've included some excerpts from the article below. I hope you find it enlightening and empowering!

"Forget your bank account, your house, your jewelry. Your body is your greatest asset. She's your girl, your confidante, your best friend, your baby, your lover, your nurturer and your slave. She does things for you that you don't even think about or necessarily appreciate. She houses you, gives you a home on this planet, tastes your food, cries your tears, breathes for you, pumps your blood, hears the good and bad news, smiles for you, communicates for you - she's vulnerable, your body. She only wants to make you happy. She only wants to keep you alive. She will do anything you tell her to do within her range. She only wants to make you love her. She only wants to make you proud of her.

"And what do we do for her in return? I know one thing, we criticize her and we judge her. We stare at her in the mirror after a shower and think how big our bellies are getting or how ugly our cellulite is or how jiggly our butts are. ~ Someone pays you a complement like "You've got great legs," and you say, "Oh, no, they're too thick," instead of a simple thank-you and a proud touch to the leg.

"We sometimes keep food from her or shove too much in her, depending on our mood. ~ We put things in her mouth to make us feel good when we're having a bad day.

"Before you feed her, before you judge her or criticize her, ask yourself, "Would I do this or say this to my child?" And if you did call her "fat" or "ugly" or "too skinny" or "too jiggly", consider how it would affect a child. She'd grow up feeling pretty bad about herself, wouldn't she? It's a form of body abuse.

"We have gifts to learn from our male counterparts and S Factor, like how to love and appreciate a female body. How to admire it and praise it and nurture it and worship it. Think about it. We, as women, are the greatest empaths, nurturers, lovers and compassionates. We, who feel so deeply for others, now we need to turn that sensitivity on ourselves. Find your empathy for this glorious miracle of a body that has carried your old soul around this planet for 20, 30, 40, 50, or even 60 to 100 years. Your body deserves a damn medal, woman! A medal of honor, a medal of bravery, and a medal for manual labor (needs no explanation). It ain't easy keeping us alive.

"That body you live in is taking you along for the wonderful ride of life. It's the only body you are ever going to have. The choice is yours: love her and protect her or stay trapped in the vicious circle of self- judgment and criticism. Your body is a walking miracle, a wild work of art of major proportions. Treat her that way."

--Sheila Kelly, "Sizzle Your Way to Body Bliss-dom," in The Dr. Christiane Northrup Newsletter, No. 17, Sept/Oct 2007.

"You will always return to the body, where the essential work of transformation takes place. Transformation is through the body, not away from it." - - Eckhart Tolle

Many blessings and love to your body,

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