I woke up today and, against my best judgment, grabbed my phone.
Usually, it’s not such a great idea because it’s much better to start my day with some intentionality. With some ritual that centers me, aligns me, connects me to myself and my desires for the day.
But, today was different.
It’s not every day that you wake up to your Self-Appreciation workshop being mentioned in the Huffington Post!
When asked about her favorite activity, Lee answered the Self-Appreciation Workshop.
“It was beautiful to see people appreciate certain aspects of their body and then we all went around and commented on each person to let them know what we saw and liked about their body. In a world where we are constantly held to impossible beauty standards and photoshopping and have this culture of body shame, it was a beautiful thing to see women and men only speak lovingly and highly of bodies.”
Perhaps most important, adults felt free and safe to express their emotions without fear of guilt or judgment. “There were a great percentage of men at camp and it was beautiful to witness so many men showing their vulnerability,” Lee added.
I taught this particular workshop a couple of weeks ago at Connection Camp, a sleepaway camp for adults that is all about boosting your connection with yourself, with others, with nature, and with your body.
While there were many different workshops, some were a bit more on the fun side and some more on the transformational side.
Mine fell firmly into this last category, as it centered around focused appreciation exercises that eventually led to each person courageously stepping up to share what they appreciate about their body, and then receiving what each person in the group appreciated about their body as well.
Pretty simple, eh?
Yes, but so very powerful!
[I often find the most powerful practices are actually the ones without much hullabaloo].
We are so used to and conditioned to think of and share with others about the parts of our bodies we don’t like, the parts we are so critical about. To speak out loud the parts you do like is a revolutionary act, and actually quite vulnerable.
At some point, the desire to hide comes up, the thought that everyone will think you’re full of yourself or the fear that they won’t like you because of one reason or another.
It’s a very visceral experience.
But then the magic happens when the group gets to share what they appreciate in your body.
It’s not about ‘I love your butt!’
There’s so much more than that. There’s a developing about appreciation for subtler dips, valleys, swells, textures, colors, angularity or curves.
I’m so grateful to everyone that showed up so fully and powerfully for the workshop. It was a pleasure, an honor and a joy to witness each of the participants shine brighter and brighter as they got acknowledged for their already ever-present radiance and inner/outer beauty.
Thanks to Jen Lee for your wonderful words. I’m so happy the workshop had such a positive impact!
Thanks to Taylor Butch for writing the article.
And thanks to Amy Silverman and Jen JJ Kovacevich for putting together such an amazing experience at Connection Camp.
Yay for self-love and connection!
If you feel you could use a healthier connection to your body, check out my offerings or one of my live weekly classes in NYC (find them in the ‘Upcoming Events’ section of the sidebar).