I Love My Aging Body – Really, I Do

I Love My Aging Body – Really, I Do

I remember seeing a woman in her mid to late 70’s lounging at the beach in an old, worn out pink bikini. As I walked by her, I smiled, noticing how peaceful she looked gazing out over the ocean.

It was obvious she could give a lick about her stretch marks, her body scored with wrinkles, or her “mama’s pouch”, as I call it. She was just enjoying life in all its vastness, obviously comfortable in her aging skin.

How Comfortable Are You In Your Skin?

I used to be ashamed of my own stretchmarks and sagging breasts. That is, until I more fully embraced aging as an opportunity and a blessing.  Wrinkles? So what? A few extra pounds? Who cares?  Dark spots on the skin? Meant to be.

It’s all meant to be, according to my faith.  The aging process, I mean. 

However, with all the anti-aging messages out there, it’s no wonder many women dread it. It’s no wonder buckoo bucks are shelled out to prevent or delay the aging process – heck, I’ve been there myself from time to time.

It helps me to remember that this body of flesh is just that – flesh.  It’s mortal, and me? I’m immortal. The real me, that is. My spirit.

The spirit that God created and that is part of God. The spirit that I always was and always will be.

This part of me is comfortable in this skin suit.

Are you?

Decide To Love Your Aging Body

Aging is a natural process. Embrace it.  Love your body when it gets wrinkles, your hairs are turning grey, your toes are… growing in weird ways, your “meno-pouch” is getting bigger, your boobs are loving gravity more, your butt jiggles, and so on.

May we stop self-judging and accept that we’re all on a personal and spiritual journey where change happens.

I love what 2 Corinthians 4:16 says about our inside and outside parts. I’ll leave you with this to ponder today:

“So, we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”

 

P.S. What are your thoughts on aging? Are you loving your journey?

Dominica Applegate
Written by: Dominica Applegate

Dominica Applegate is an author, writer, and transpersonal spiritual teacher. Her teachings have helped millions of people experience emotional healing, relationship repair, and spiritual awakening. Earning her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling, she worked 12 years in the mental health field before diving full-time into writing.

She runs Rediscovering Sacredness, an online portal that offers inspiration, essays, resources, and tools to help heal inner pain and experience more peace and joy.

Her books include Recycle Your Pain: It Has a Purpose, Into The Wild Shadow Work Journal, and a collection of poetry entitled, The Pain, It Shapes Her World.