Dr. Anne Lewis Moore’s new manual, Living Joyfully in Our Bodies, offers an innovative way for all people, not just girls, from all walks of life to learn how to live in, appreciate, and treat our bodies with respect.
Living Joyfully in Our Bodies is now available for purchase on Amazon. Please enjoy an excerpt here!
Living joyfully in our bodies is an integrative model, which means it is based on a lot of different parts that work together to make a happy and healthy person. The engine that drives this model is gratitude and a desire to nourish and strengthen oneself. It is a model about taking responsibility for your entire self which includes your brain, your heart, and your soul – not just your size shape or your weight. The actual food and exercise part are only two of many parts that we have to address in order to live joyfully in our bodies. If we remain focused on size, shape, and calories we are not getting it. We have to pay attention to the physical, but also, the emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and scientific.
Exercise 1A: Take just a minute and think about a person that you value and admire. Who do you look up to in your life? Now consider for just a minute what it is that you value about that person – is it their hair, clothes, body size, or does this person inspire you for different reasons? What are they? My guess is that how they look may or may not be part of it, but it is definitely not the whole story.
Exercise 1B: Write your story of health. Create a picture with words of yourself as strong, healthy, and beautiful. How do you want to see yourself? Who are you intellectually, emotionally, spiritually? What do you value about yourself?
Exercise 1C: Gather magazines, paint, markers, fabric, buttons, ribbon – basically anything you can decorate with or glue down. Find a piece of poster board, canvas, wood, or any surface you want to use and illustrate your story about yourself. In other words, use pictures to create the vision of yourself that you just wrote about.