The paradox of the body

This year I’ve been living in the land of paradox using my body as the experimental ground for the contradictory forces that impact ALL areas of life, from money to career to relationships to purpose to.... well everything. By closely examining the dynamic forces occurring within my own body, I’ve been able to approach the rest of life with more confidence, clarity & courageous action than ever before.

i.e. You can still 1000% be in love with your body AND want to transform. 

They are not mutually exclusive & I firmly believe that you are not fully loving your body if you are not giving her adequate exercise & optimizing how she functions- whatever that looks like for YOU.

In fact, if we are in full love & honoring of our body then sometimes the most loving thing to do IS to get fit, lose weight, build strength & more. 

It took me many years to see, but I believe many body-based ‘movements’ actually did more harm than good in the long run by creating a breeding ground for our excuses to reign supreme. 

Don’t worry about your weight! Eat what you want! Love your body as is! But don’t try to change her to fit into what culture says is beautiful! I could go on. On the surface these are great, but they brought with them an underbelly of judgment & inertia, silently making anyone who wanted differently for their own body wrong. 

And created a layer of betrayal dynamics many women are beginning to wake up to {more on this soon}. How can we move on? 🔥Whatever is important to YOU in how your body looks, feels and moves is what is important

End of story🔥

Because if being strong or chasing gains or reducing body fat or racing is what you KNOW you need, you will increase your confidence, feel great & therefore show up even more in the world. 

With this, the more you are aware & paying close attention to the details of your body, the more you can catch yourself if you go too far, push too much or start to make your body more about what others think than about yourself.

It’s a tricky paradox, but one I feel a lot of women are being called to explore right now. Too far in either direction simply hasn’t worked for most of us- so what is your balance?

Jennifer Blackstock