Friday, 17 June 2016

More than your body


Another layout in my 'From Brain to Veins' journal where I'm exploring those things that we know in our minds but don't always reach our hearts so that we live them. This time - You Are More Than Your Body.

Say it with me: I am more than my body.

I found this image in a magazine. The headline for the article was De-Age Your Body. Seriously?! This woman can't be out of her 20s. With all the advertising, magazines, movies, etc. telling women - whether blatantly or in more insidious ways - that they have to be 'beach ready', stay young, be thinner, it's time to speak out.

When we put so much emphasis on what people look like, the size of their waist, the lack of wrinkles on their face, how fit they are, as soon as they become ill, grow older, don't 'measure up' in some way, they are seen as valueless. So what about the wisdom of those who have lived long, fulfilled lives? What about the perseverance, bravery, and strength we see in those who endure prolonged illness? How can we dismiss the beauty of faces that have been lived in, bodies that have brought forth life?

The tape under the figure reads: giving, smart, playful, silly, splendid, fantastic, awesome, funny, sweet, epic, amazing. None of these requires a particular body type.


I'm sharing this with all the lovely people at Paint Party Friday. Go and visit to see all the awesome art they've produced this week.








9 comments:

  1. Great page, and you are so right. People are more and more obsessed with their bodies, convinced that when they get rid of a few more grams or wrinkles or whatever they will be feeling better.Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Fantastic project! Body and mind - both is important! oxo Susi

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  3. Love the way you think - the images are gorgeous. hugs, Donna

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  4. Thank you for this reminder, last week I noticed my skin is starting to look older and it was bothering me. I shouldn't be, I'm healthy and active and of course my skin get's older, so am I.

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  5. Great background on your journal spread. I love the quote too. Yes, as you said, it is important to be healthy but there is more to all of us. A successful person is someone who can accept their body and bring out the best of the rest of them. :) happy weekend.

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  6. Excellent post and so true...There is way too much body shaming that goes on...There is so much value in those old wise souls and yet so often dismissed. That's why we write... articles like this make people pay a attention. There will always be the shallow minds...and we just have to rise above that!! Well done art and words!

    Hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

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  7. Great journal page! It's a good reminder for us who have problems with our bodies.

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