Group Forum: A Pledge to My Body

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k8yk

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Posted: 15 Mar 2010, 23:40
I read this on one of my favorite blogs today and it really speaks to me.

A Pledge to My Body

I hereby agree from this day forward to fully participate in life on earth. I agree to inhabit the appropriate vehicle for participation…a body. As a requisite for the sustaining of that body, I agree to eat consciously. This agreement fully binds me for the duration of my stay on earth.

As an eater, I agree to hone my hunger, eating when I feel hungry and stopping when I feel full. I recognize that as the biological need to eat is fulfilled with greater awareness, the benefits of well being will increase.

Because the essence of my participation in life is one of learning and exploration, I agree to experience uncertainty in my eating. I recognize that my relationship to food is a learning process and I will inevitably make mistakes. Therefore, I agree to accept my humanness and imperfections and not blame and judge myself.

As an eater, I accept pain, I recognize that I may suffer pain when my body is disturbed by my choice of food or eating habits. I may also experience pain when emotional and spiritual hungers are confused with physical hunger. During these times I agree to sit with and hold a safe place inside myself in which to explore painful and difficult feelings. I recognize that to be fully alive I must be willing to heave the courage to sit with a full range of emotions.

I agree to work on finding the time and energy necessary to feed and care for my body. I pledge to speak lovingly and kindly to myself and to incorporate movement into my life in fun and joyful ways.

I further agree to accept that I have a woman’s body; a body that is imperfect and vulnerable, curved, and rounded. Because I am giving up the need to be perfect, I am willing to accept m body at its natural weight. I realize that my female body has qualities that mark my womanhood and that have a profound role and effect on human kind.

I recognize that eating joins me to all humanity and at its deepest level is an affirmation of life. Each time I eat, I agree somewhere inside to continue life on earth. This choice to eat is a fundamental act of love and nourishment, a true celebration of my existence. I choose life again and again and again.

- Wellons, L, Celebrating the Body (1997), Austin, TX
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Posted: 16 Mar 2010, 07:28
Great post. Thank you for sharing that.
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Posted: 16 Mar 2010, 08:39
That is beautiful! Mind if I ask you what blog you got that from?

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k8yk

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Posted: 16 Mar 2010, 10:18
I got it from this blog about eating disorders:
http://www.2medusa.com/

Careful if you delve to far into it, there is some very disturbing stuff in there. Wonderful blog though, she really exposes all the horror that is caused by starving/binging/purging and other EDs.

I read that blog because to me there's such a fine line between diet and ED.
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k8yk

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:01
A buddy posted this in her journal today and it made me remember this thread, so I'm bumping it for all the new people who may have missed it.
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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:07
Thanks for the above post Kate, it's a good one.

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 16:49
We live in such an ignorant culture when it comes to self-image. I want to print this out and teach it to my daughters so they can be reminded that our human form is something to celebrate not to be ashamed of...wish my mom could have taught me this when I was younger!!
Thanks for sharing.
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k8yk

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 17:14
I love that this pledge is meant for eating disorders like anorexia, but it really holds up for those of us who have overeaten and become obese as well. In all honesty, I don't feel like there is much separating the two extremes. Just opposite ways of not taking care of ourselves. I too wish I had taken this mindset to heart sooner in my life. Loving your body is much more rewarding than hating it.
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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 18:36
Thank you so much for posting this. I needed to read it today.
-Jenny

"How you eat is how you live"
k8yk

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Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 10:15
Okay, this deserves to be sticky and so I will make it so Smile I try to read it at least once a week. Read and comprehend. I'm hoping to memorize it at some point.
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Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 15:22
Quote:

I further agree to accept that I have a woman’s body; a body that is imperfect and vulnerable, curved, and rounded.


I can agree to everything except the above noted Smile

Well, the rounded part I can agree to, technically, however, I am here because I want to work on that!

Thanks for posting k8yk
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Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 15:47
Even a thin and healthy woman is curved and rounded Smile More curved and less rounded, but curved nonetheless!

I feel I am MORE curvy now that I've lost the weight. My waist is small and my chest and hips are bigger. Less a round circle and more of an hourglass shape, just as a healthy should be. I think that's what the pledge is saying- that we should accept our womanliness as a good and natural thing.

Hope it helps people Smile
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Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 23:39
yeah..but Adaram is a man..therefore he's not agreeing to accept that he " has a woman's body"~!! LOL!!

But I That line " further agree to accept that I have a woman’s body; a body that is imperfect and vulnerable, curved, and rounded" is actually my favorite!!!
k8yk

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Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 23:45
Lol Smile. There are men in here? Oh yeah! I forget sometimes Smile
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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 21:01
Love that pledge! I was feeling a little upset because I ate over my calorie limit today but I also know why and learned a little about myself. I liked this paragraph especially, "Because the essence of my participation in life is one of learning and exploration, I agree to experience uncertainty in my eating. I recognize that my relationship to food is a learning process and I will inevitably make mistakes. Therefore, I agree to accept my humanness and imperfections and not blame and judge myself."

I realize that this one day didn't undo the 8.6 lbs I lost this month as long as I do better tomorrow.

Thanks for posting this.


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Posted: 31 Jul 2010, 12:44
Very helpful post, thanks :> Now I have to try to remember it!
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Posted: 29 Nov 2011, 11:09
Love that!!!
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Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 15:36
Love this! I agree with it 100%!!!
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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 14:47
I will read this every morning, like a pledge of allegiance between body and mind. Thank you it is a beautiful post!
I didn't get fat over night so I don't expect to get healthy that way either.
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Posted: 01 May 2012, 00:09
I love it. And I love your blog. It got me here to this place. Thanks and I hope I can keep reading your inspiration.