Welcome to a new week! For today, I’d like to step away from the topic of holistic nutrition and take a look at a couple of items I came across over the weekend. One is a fantastic video that was posted on the Open Frame Film Festival 2013 Facebook Page that was described as a “Powerful new edition of Jean Kilbourne’s influential and award-winning Killing Us Softly series which breaks down a staggering number of print and television ads and uncovers a steady stream of sexist and misogynistic images and messages, laying bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of passivity and a restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world.” Check out the Post here: Post by Open Frame Film Festival 2013.
Wow. Seeing images of young women starving themselves to death to be “beautiful” and “successful” is truly heart breaking. Let’s put an end to this madness. One idea is to vote with our dollars and stop buying the fashion magazines that perpetuate this myth. Personally, I meditate to get back in touch with my spiritual essence, which is timeless, perfect and beautiful and not subject to the temporary state of my aging and imperfect body. Joining a yoga studio which is staffed by strong and supportive female instructors who emphasize the spiritual aspects of the practice has also been valuable (a big shout out to Mindstream Yoga in Fort Collins!). For the young girls I know, I strive to be a healthy role model. For the women around me, I provide love and support (no “Housewives” antics…pah-lease!) and am on the lookout for anyone who may need intervention. Most of all, let’s collectively reject the superficial and dangerous notions of “beauty” that the fashion industrial complex forces on us. Whoever is not going to like us because we don’t look a certain way is not worth having in our lives.
From the video above, we know that those struggling with an eating disorder may be underweight. However it may not be obvious that those who are of average weight or overweight may also be struggling and the consequences are also serious. See article below:
It is thus very important for us to be on the look-out for disordered eating amongst our friends and loved ones of all weights, and take action if someone is out of balance.
To wrap up, I promised a quote from the incomparable Woody Allen (my favorite neurotic): “I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.” Okay he just cracks me up! This is from his 1977 masterpiece Annie Hall. I add this because although we are dealing with serious issues, it is also important to remember how to laugh, be joyful, and appreciate all of our blessings!
As always, I welcome your contributions to this discussion!
Om Shanti Om,