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Body-Positive Media

This week for Media Monday, we want to acknowledge that there is positive media, not all is bad. Advertisements, commercials, pictures, and music can reflect our diverse body types, showing that it is okay to accept and appreciate who we are. Enjoy and feel free to share any other body-positive media that you find in our comments section at the bottom of the page.  https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/underwear-for-perfect-men-dressmann.png

 

Let Your Body Take Care of You

Written by Anne-Sophie. Check out her website at annesophie.us.

 

We believe that we’re the ones who take care of our body.

Sometimes we take good care of it and other times, well, we kinda don’t give a crap about it. There are times when we wish our body away and times when we are truly grateful for its existence. No matter which phase we’re in though, we always believe that we’re the ones who are in charge.

But if we really get honest, who’s the one taking care of whom here?

Who’s always there, ready to embrace us no matter how harsh we were?

Who’s always there, gently listening to and forgiving our often abusive thoughts?

Who’s always there, wiping away our tears of regret?

When you’re sick, who feels the pain?

When you experience emotions, who catches them?

When you’re eating, who notices the pleasure?

When you’re working out, who produces the sweat?

It’s your body. It’s your temple.

It’s never been you.

Ouch.

This realization might hurt your ego. How in the world could it not be me? It’s always me, always been me, always will be me.

But it’s not.

And if you allow yourself to dive into the concept of handing over the care to your body, there’s a kind of comfort in that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful not to be the one having to make decisions about food? Wouldn’t it be wonderful not to be the one controlling which size you wear? Wouldn’t it be wonderful not to be the force that makes your body work out or look a certain way?

If you ask me, it totally would.

Thank god for Mother Nature because that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. Your body is supposed to be the one taking care of you. Your body is infinitely smart and wise. It knows what it needs and it has the beautiful ability of telling you.

You’re just too stubborn and too brainwashed to listen, my love.

I know that you know when your body has had enough food. I know that you know when your deep emotions are not being expressed. I know that you know when you’re using food as a substitute to love and pleasure. I know that you know when you’re tired and you don’t want to step on that elliptical this week. I know that you know when you’re restricting, abusing, denying.

How do you know? Because your body is sending you signals. You hear them, but you believe that you’re smarter, stronger, better than your body and you need to override those signals.

But that’s not the case. If it were the case, our gut and heart wouldn’t constantly communicate with our mind. If it were the case, you’d just be a head – no body needed.

There’s this word I love: surrender.

If you can get behind the concept of letting your body take care of you, not with your mind, but with your body and just surrender, you’ll be able to live in tune with your vessel.

Your body will guide you. Your body will heal you. Your body will tell you everything you need to know about nutrition, movement, love. Your body already knows and it’ll support your mind, your brain, you. Your body is your force – you’re just not using it. You’re denying it it’s natural right. You’re denying yourself the life you can have.

So, love, just surrender. Put the boxing gloves down, put your head on a mental pillow and let your body do what it does best: take care of you.

Black Mist. White Light.

By: Kristine Strangis

It takes over you.
It runs your life.
It sucks you in.
Lost in an addiction.

Once you are in the black mist, it seems like there is no escape.
Never give up.
There is always light, even in the darkest times.

You see it,
That little glow in the pitch-black darkness,
It looks like a star, salvation, freedom.
You start to reach for the light,
Tasting freedom as it comes.

But you immediately stop yourself.
Suddenly, the black mist surrounds you, tempting you to come back.
It starts making promises that you know it will never keep.
You feel those feelings again.
The black mist gives you this pleasure as you breathe it in.
It takes the feelings away so you do not have to feel the pressure.

You look away for a moment
Staring at that faint glow with envy and think:
What could this little white light possibly do for me?

As you venture back into the darkness it feels incredible.
But, those moments pass just as quickly as they arrived.
You start to feel trapped again.
Lost in an endless cycle of never-ending extremes of bliss and suffering.
The illusion of having control takes over unlit you lose yourself.
The black mist is eating away at you slowly.

One chance, you think.
One chance to save yourself.

You go back toward the white light,
Desperately running.
Sweat dripping down your cold pale face.

You think freedom, as you get closer to the white light.
Warmth.
Feelings you have never felt before come alive.
Joy, sadness, fear, anger.
Light and dark.
Balance.
Life.
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Once you’re inside that little white light, it feels as though you are blinded.
Fearing the unknown.
But, in time, you awaken.

Choosing life over death.
Not just surviving, but thriving.
Alive for all the wonderful things that life has to offer.
All these feelings overwhelm you as you realize, you are finally free in the white light.

Your skin glows with radiance.
Your hair long and healthy.
Your body strong.
You have escaped,
You are free.

Goodbye black mist.
Hello white light.
Take me away.

The black mist starts to disappear as you let it go.
Fading away as find your way.
Now you are happy.
Now you are free.

Art and Eating Disorders – Building Community Awareness 2015

                              The Emily Program Foundation          

Attention Artists!

The Emily Program Foundation is calling to you for your artwork inspired by body image, eating disorders or related experiences. We are excited to have our third art exhibition at the Art Institutes International Art Gallery to build awareness and education around eating disorders in our community. The exhibition will be on display November 14th – December 10th, 2015.

If you have ever created artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery, please submit your work to this show!  Themes include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, body image, and recovery.

Don’t wait to take part in this show; space is limited.  Submissions are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.  Art pieces must be framed and ready to hang on a wire upon submission. Artwork will be displayed anonymously (unless otherwise requested).

Please submit your artwork with a submission form to Emily Monson no later than October 19th, 2015

Submit works to Emily Monson, Community Educator
1295 Bandana Blvd. W., Ste. 210, St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact Emily at emily.monson@emilyprogramfoundation.org or 651-379-6122 with questions and to obtain a submission form.

 

Art and Eating Disorders: A Call for Participants

The Emily Program Foundation is proud to support the recovery and healing BlueandOrangeCircleOutlinesprocess of eating disorders through artwork. With the belief that artwork helps individuals find their voice, identity, and empowerment through creative expression, we share artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery with the public as a way to increase awareness and education of eating disorders.

With that, we launch a new audiovisual project under the scope of our Art and Eating Disorders program. Through an online video platform, the new project will create a space in which participants can give voice to their story of recovery through visual recording and other creative works. This project aims to document versions of the recovery narrative that acknowledge both the struggles and strengths to ultimately provide hope and increase public awareness of eating disorders.

We are calling for participants who are in recovery from an eating disorder to  share their recovery story through audio and/or visual media. Participants are asked to share some form of creative work, such as artwork, poetry, music, BlueCircleOutlineslyrics that relates to their experience of recovery from an eating disorder. Participation in this project will involve audio or visual recording of your recovery story, and the final short films of your story will be hosted on The Emily Program Foundation website.

Filming will take place in August, 2015. Please contact Keri Clifton by phone or email for more information on participating.

Contact: Keri Clifton at keri.clifton@emilyprogramfoundation.org or 651-379-6134.