52 Ways to Love Your Body came from the desire to share the practices that helped me heal my body image in a form you can carry around with you in your pocket.
I was especially inspired by neuropsychologist Rick Hansen’s book, Just One Thing, which contains weekly practices for re-wiring your brain in the direction of happiness and well-being. It makes a huge difference to embrace small, daily changes in how we think about our bodies to move more in the direction of loving yourself.
The book is divided into 52 chapters, so you could go through one per week, or just open it up and see what tugs at your heart. It’s good to try out a practice multiple times and see if it works for you, and then put it in your toolbox for when you need it. You could also use the book to create a daily love your body practice where you string several tools together to give yourself a daily dose of body love. And integrate them slowly into your life, not all at once. The idea is to create a body love practice that you can sustain and enjoy through good times and bad.
How about me? Well, since you’re here, I’ll give you a glimpse into some of my daily “love your body” rituals: Every morning I do self-massage, I eat a yummy breakfast, I get on my mat for some downward dog and child’s pose, I do some lovingkindness meditation, I look at myself in the mirror with affection, and I try to make a new Love Your Body Instagram meme to post for myself and everyone else who needs it. There are also things I DON’T do, (like weigh myself) and they’re just as important. But the point isn’t to adopt my daily practice—it’s to find your own. Use 52 Ways to Love Your Body to inspire you to create daily routines of self-love that help you let go of self-criticism and give you the energy and support you need to meet your whole big life.
And I’m here for you. If you have body image questions for me, check out my blog here and shoot me an email. I’ll do my best to respond to your question with the radical compassion you and your body deserve.
Full is the true, poignant story of one woman’s spiritual journey as she recovers from anorexia, eases the emotional pain of her hunger through yoga and Buddhism, and finally becomes full.
In this inspiring and captivating memoir, Kimber Simpkins captures vividly—with piercing insight, raw emotion, and often humor—the all-consuming hunger she felt on a daily basis as a result of an eating disorder. Sick of dieting and hating herself, Kimber decides to get to the bottom of her unhappy relationship with her body. That’s when she discovers the healing power of yoga and Buddhism.
Along the way, she realizes her hunger isn’t simply physical, but that it comes from a place deep inside her. Through the wise teachings of yoga and meditation, Kimber discovers she doesn’t have to live in a prison of self-dissatisfaction. In fact, by understanding the root of her pain and learning to love herself in body, mind, and spirit, she is able to truly set herself free.
As she wrestles with her inner demons of hunger and perfectionism and learns how self-acceptance can soften even her toughest inner critic, Kimber takes us along on her voyage of self-discovery. At its core, this book is a journey to find true self-fulfillment that will inspire readers in their own search to create a full and meaningful life.