Body Appreciation A Weapon Against Body Shaming

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Kajal Singh
Aug 29, 2020   •  1 view

“There is no way that is going to fit you.”
“Are you really going to eat all that?”
“You are SO fat!”
“Your body is disgusting.”
Words matter, and have the power to hurt. Even when we don’t realize it, words can cause someone to pause and pursue unrealistic expectations about their body. Feeling ashamed of how we look has become normal. Hardly any of us think we make the beauty grade. We might even think there is something odd with someone who is perfectly happy with how they look
Body shaming is ubiquitous; it's part of our routine and everyday experience. Negative comments about appearance constantly happen to those in the public eye.
There is something in this great good world called ‘body shape’ that we all are born with but I feel people are more obsessed with its step-sister called ‘body shame’, an invisible black ink splashed on our bodies by others. The society has spelt out noxious standards of beauty and how one must look to garner appreciations and if we do not attain those benchmarks then we summon condemnations that make us question our own bodies and we suppress our inner exquisiteness too. Buddhism accentuates that beauty is formless; it is our intrinsic worth that makes us more alluring. Being a beautiful soul, being amusing, witty and being generous is far more imperative than just looking pretty. Set your own benchmarks for being incredible. Admire the way God has crafted you as in the heart of hearts you feel comfortable that way, there is nothing wrong with your curves, your stretch marks or your size, It’s your possession. Body appreciation is a weapon that makes you splash your own colours over the black ink thrown at you by the society, use it.

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