My Heart, Your Home: I Heart My Body   

Thursday, 25 October 2012

I Heart My Body



My body is a vessel.
It is what keeps my heart and my soul safe.  
My body is the vessel that gives my soul the ability to fulfil its destiny, to follow its path back to divine love. My body protects what is most important to me and it is what gives me life. My body is the vessel that carries my heart from one destination in my journey to another. 

My body is a haven.
It is where I go to rest and rejuvenate.
My body is what houses my thoughts and my dreams. My aspirations and my loves. It is what provides me with the courage to commit myself to life. It is where I come when I have lost inspiration from the world and it is where I find the confidence to begin a new day. 


My body is a canvas.
Born without a mark or scratch, but born to carry me through life and forever change, develop and grow. My body is a canvas, one to which I have added to, with markings that tell the story of my mind. A canvas on which life has added to, with scars to show the fights I have won, with sunspots to show the fun I have had, with stretch marks to show the life I have housed and with lines to show the life I have lived.

My body is a home.
A place where life was created. Where life was nurtured and nourished. Where little fingers and little toes were formed. Where a new body was made. A new body to be loved and lived in by someone else. Someone who was created by me. 


My relationship with my body is one of turbulence, never truly on solid grounds. I am always learning, forever changing and having to accept each new addition. Although my relationship has not always been stable I have always respected my body. It has walked me through a life of many successes and some great falls and yet it always provides me with good health and fortune, it is the most stable relationship of my life. I have learnt to love it for all that it is, 
because it loves me.


My body has failed me with some bad health. My kidneys have carried infections and harboured great pain. But it recovered. My breasts are full of large lumps. But they are benign. My gall bladder carried stones. But it is now gone. My bowels are irritable and greet me monthly, with blood. But it is controllable. With each bad turn, comes a resolution, and with each bad turn, comes a reminder. To treat this body the way it needs, with care and good health and it will return the sentiment.

My body has seen the worst in humanity and has the scars to prove its survival. Battle wounds. Marks to show that I am a soldier and that no matter what this life hands to me, I will walk through it with my head held high. This body can survive anything because the soul that it carries was made to survive.

This body has grown the most beautiful body of all, nestled deep within its warmth and now after such a creation, this body has created life again. Another baby sleeping soundly, within the safety of its womb. Two beautiful babies to add into this world. All because this body is magic.
I was given this one body. It is mine to do with as I need. I will treat it well. I will respect and cherish it, because this one body has given me life and that life is the most spectacular one of all.


Linking up with the lovely group of beautiful bodies over at 'We Heart Life'

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42 comments:

  1. oh my, your words and photos are sublime....I loved this post, you look so amazing and I love what you have written.....truly beautiful xxxx Michelle

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    1. Thank You Michelle! As confronting as it was to take the photos and write the words I am actually so very proud of it x

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  2. Breath-taking.. you, your words, your thoughts.. Thank you for sharing, Jess xx

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    1. Thank You for reading! And for your words!
      Its compliments like these that make the fear of posting something like this disappear x

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  3. Jess you have always been gorgeous; I could have told you that a thousand and one times in high school, and you still are gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for linking up and sharing xx

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    1. Thank YOU for creating such a beautiful movement!
      I am honoured to have known you and to have the opportunity to know you again
      x

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  4. Beautiful images Jess for you to treasure, but the words that accompany them make them all the more special

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    1. Thank You Bel! It is a post I can say that I am very proud of writing and photography.
      Although I may not have felt it while I was setting up my self timer, I am so glad that I did!
      x

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  5. A beautifully written post Jess, such soulful words. And you look absolutely amazing pregnant, these photos are doing nothing for my cluckiness! x Laura

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    1. You may just need to have a chat to your man Laura!
      Pregnant bodies are just flawless... I am amazed with myself that I can apply that view to my own pregnant body! x

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  6. A really really beautiful post Jess. You're such a gorgeous woman. xx

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    1. Thank You sweet lady!
      I look at these photos and I actually feel... gorgeous. This has been such a great movement to take part of
      x

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  7. Jess this is all kind of wonderful hun. Just beautiful. You are gorgeous and I just know through your words that your soul is just as spectacular as you are on the outside. xx

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    1. I have no words that explain to you how big a compliment that really is
      Thank YOU
      x

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  8. What a story, so beautifully told. The only thing more beautiful than your words are the images you have shared. Gorgoeus inside and out x

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    1. Thank You Erin! I was so fearful of sharing these images, but I am just so glad that I did
      x

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  9. A beautiful post by a beautiful woman.
    And those photos are just magic!

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    1. It wasnt so magic jumping around naked on my bed repositioning myself in front of a clicking camera but the result is more than I could have imagined!
      Thank You x

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  10. What an amazing and inspiring post! We do really under estimate the powers of our bodies! They are works of art, and miracles too! I feel honored to have read this xxx

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    1. I feel honoured to be a part of a community with beautiful people such as yourself who are forever lifting me up! I wouldnt want to share these words or images with anyone else
      x

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  11. oh looking at these pics, you look so content, makes me wish i had the guts to have photos taken during my three pregnancys but i shied away from the camera. I didnt feel beautiful at the time, because i just felt so ill and had stretch marks etc silly me.

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    1. I feel content :)
      Sometimes our minds just hold us back.
      I did not take enough photos of my pregnancy with Evelyn and I learnt from that, that I wanted this one documented closely! x

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  12. Jess, this is just Amazing! those words had me in tears! the photos capture YOU and beautifully! i know we dont know each out side Ig, fb and this but I am so proud of you, truely I am!

    Love chloe xxxxx

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    1. Thank You Chloe!
      I feel proud of myself and proud of these words :)
      x

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  13. Absolutely stunning words and photos Jess. You should be very proud.

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  14. Beautiful body, beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. V.

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  15. You just couldn't be any more divine xx

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  16. This is exquisite. You are exquisite.

    Also, we have matching gall bladders. Well, we used to. ;)

    xx

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    1. I dont know about you but those stones were possibly the worst pain Ive ever experienced!
      Exquisite, I think I love that
      Thank You
      xx

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  17. Absolutely beautifully written post. I could just read it over and over again. Thank you for sharing your body journey.

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  18. I absolutely adore your photos. So gorgeous, so tasteful. Just lovely.

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