Marilyn - After reading your blog, I thought the net would be flooded with response. I suspect your comments have probably touched other women, as they did me. What a hot button you hit, one that rushes to our most tender and intense depths. Yet, it’s in a venue where we are hesitant to participate.
Those “body thoughts” immediately brought me shame. I started an internal exercise of trying to hide my body, in fact, become invisible. I didn’t want anyone to see me as I was, and as I am. For some, there are tons of guilt layers. Guilt that took root when our bodies sustained the first misuse and damage. That body was all I knew of my existence. Through learned behavior, my body kept guard over my spirit. My body eventually became the sacrifice ….. and my spirit was laid bare.
I didn’t know this at the time. I instinctively aimed toward survival. My body bore the burden, and I lived. Now I wonder if I’ll live long enough to reclaim, recognize and retrieve the flesh, bones, muscles, nerves residing under this tough skin. I wonder if I will able to tend my inner spirit, to give that person a chance at experiencing peace and at-home-ness before my life ends.
Thank you for addressing the body issue. Sounds and feels very God directed. Maybe altogether, we as women can share wisdom, counsel and compassion for the soothing of our bodies and inner spirits, that have served us well. I doubt this healing can be accomplished in isolation. It will require a deep trust level, and God direction. What an awesome process, needing the watchful care of Almighty God and the understanding companionship of our sisters.
(Written by a dear beloved beautiful woman friend of mine.)