When blogger Rachel Farnsworth handled a rude comment about her gray hairs with so much poise, grace and emotion – I was touched and inspired. Rachel embarks on a litany of her “flaws,” and I thought, How freeing.
Any time we open the kimono and share with each other our nakedness– whether literally, like at the Korean spa (one of my favorite places on the planet), or figuratively, as this blogger does here – I am always reminded how stunningly beautiful we all are, in every form we take, at every stage in our lives.
In this 10-minute video, I answer her with a list of my own "flaws"… What they've taught me, as a mother, as a performance artist, and as a woman growing into my beauty... What my young daughter taught me about my stretch marks that, now a teen, she could bear to remember.... How I wore my scars as a professional bellydancer... And how I wouldn't trade the experiences that have marked themselves on my body, like my son's birth and its accompanying deep c-section scar, because each is part and parcel of who I am now.
It is up to us to honor our beauty, as an example to our daughters – who watch and absorb everything. Tweet this!
Just like the rude commentary on the blogger’s video, we have our own internal dialogue. We begin to turn around these inner diatribes when we claim them out loud, declare our imperfect beauty, share with our sisters; and see our imperfections reflected in each others' perfect bodies.
Watch the video and comment below, or on YouTube: What came up for you? What are your “imperfections”? How has your life left its beautiful marks on your body?
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