How can honoring and caring for your body allow/equip/enable you to care for your spirit?

Read “The Ancient Tools,” Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and Spirit, pp. 23-31.

Follow along as author Whitney R. Simpson demonstrates a practice synchronizing the breath with the movement of the body.

Reflect:

Your Body Is God’s Gift

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. –1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV

For which parts of your body are most thankful? What parts of your body do you have difficulty accepting? How can you open yourself to the wisdom your body has to share with you?

Create:

Connecting with Your Senses in Prayer

Spend some time in your sacred space, exploring the use of your senses as prayer.
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Pray:

Honoring Your Body (Breath Prayer)

Inhale: God, I accept my body
Exhale: as your precious gift.

Share Your Faith:

Supporting Each Other

These powerful videos illustrate ways photo manipulation in media potentially affects the way beauty is perceived and the self-image (body image) of girls and women becomes distorted.

The Dove Real Beauty Project: You’re More Beautiful than You Think

Photoshopping and Women’s Self-Image (time-lapse video)

7 Women Photoshop Their Own Bodies on an App

Discussion Questions
What cultural beliefs and values make it difficult for women to accept their bodies in a loving way? How can women support one another in learning to appreciate their bodies?