The term "body positivity" is, well, complicated. There's no denying that the movement has accomplished a lot. The concept of body positivity has created this widespread cultural awareness of things that very few people were talking about 5 or 10 years ago." Body positivity. It's a term that is thrown around a lot on social media (I use it almost daily)," "The presence of body positivity hashtag has been used over 2 million times on Instagram alone. I think through all of this, the meaning behind the words has gotten a bit lost and misunderstood. Body positive” has become a buzzword in the social media world over the last few years, but it’s so much more than that. Body positivity is a social movement rooted in the belief that all humans should have a positive body image, despite what society and the media portrays. The biggest foundation of the movement is the belief that all bodies should be accepted, no matter the size, form or appearance. In a world of online trolls, it has been beautiful to see strong, inspirational women using their platform for advocacy and positivity. Read on to meet some of our favorite body-positive bloggers who are making waves and helping us make the world a better place. Your value as a human being does not come from what you look like on the outside. Bloggers run multiple campaigns on the ground and online to try to redefine what it means to have a "perfect figure. body positivity is defined differently in multiple plus-size model campaigns It was simply changing your mindset and seeing your body in a positive way rather than always thinking about it negatively," it's so much more than that. "It's understanding that your value as a human being does not come from what you look like on the outside, "It's a constant journey of learning to accept your body for what it is so that you don't let your insecurities hold you back from living life. It's also striving to be your best self. But as with every big movement, there's still work to be done. "We've gotten to a point where body positivity is okay for some people-mostly people who are pretty close to the traditional beauty ideal-to embrace their 'imperfections' but still not okay for people who are further from this ideal. For example, we often see body positivity represented in celebrities or models like Ashley Graham," Conason pointed out. "They are doing wonderful important work, but we need to recognize all of the people in more marginalized bodies whose voices are not being heard. And sometimes, in the rare case that a more marginalized voice is heard, there is a lot of backlashes." For example, images of model Tess Holliday have been criticized for "promoting obesity." (Related: What We Really Mean When We Call People Fat) Being body-positive means to celebrate our unique differences and having a positive body image just as you are right now. "I think being body positive looks different for everyone because we each have areas about ourselves that make us insecure. Love Your Body and Still Want to Change it Over the past couple of years, Plussize models who represented plus-size community has worked hard to maintain a positive body image, regardless of what they see in the mirror. "It has been a long journey to feel confident and happy in my body but I'm also striving to do better," she wrote. "I want to give my body the love it deserves. ( Tess Holiday A sunflower doesn’t compare itself to a rose. And a rose’s beauty doesn’t take away the beauty of a sunflower. They are both beautiful in their own way! Just like you are! Appreciate the beauty and be grateful for the growth whether it’s your own or another’s
HISTORY OF BODY IMAGE MOVEMENT AND BODY POSITIVITY
After talking about different body positivity movements on social media or around campus, I thought I’d discuss the history of the body positivity movement. It all started as a fat acceptance movement and blossomed into body positivity and acceptance for all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.
The oldest roots of body positivity reach back to the Victorian Dress Reform movement. In this movement, women advocated for the acceptance of women’s bodies and discouraged women from using extreme corsets or body mutilation to fit the standard of an extremely petite waste and or hourglass figure. This reform also argued for women to not hide their bodies underneath layers of fabric in overly elaborate dresses. Also, these women argued for their right to wear pants (as silly as that sounds in 2018, advocating to wear pants).
In the 1960s, a movement was born to end fat-shaming. Lew Louderback kick-started the movement by publishing “More People Should Be Fat.” In this essay, he critiqued the way fat people were treated in America. He explained the discrimination that he felt in the workplace and even advocated for “plump” women to appear in magazines. Just two years later, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance was created. This organization activated for the reeducation of what it means to be overweight and discouraged doctors blindly labeling any patient that is overweight as unhealthy. NAAFA promoted a healthy at every size model where health is not measured by the number on a scale but rather vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and other things such as diet and exercise. NAAFA argued that these measurements of general wellness were better indicators for overall health than weight and body mass index.
This movement was a part of the second wave of feminism, as actors in this movement go on to create the organization, The Body Positive. The Body Positive was found in 1996 by Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott. Sobczak lost her sister and struggled with an eating disorder herself in her teen years. The organization has a lengthy mission statement that encompasses professional training and making a better world for women to live in with fewer standards to follow from the media.
“The Body Positive is a national organization that offers a variety of resources and programming to teach and inspire youth and adults to value their health, unique beauty, and identity so they can use their vital resources of time, energy, and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world.”
With the internet and media today, body positivity has blossomed from fat acceptance to loving yourself in all shapes and sizes. Hashtags across the internet such as #freethenipple have surfaced to normalize and celebrate the female body. Also, the movement moved overseas. The body positivity has blossomed into the various movements and campaigns I have highlighted in other blog posts such as the everyBODY with Iskra campaign, #aeriereal, and other movements that are now encouraging men of all shapes and sizes to join the body positivity movement on a global scale.
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With the rise of plus-size bloggers, plus-size models and plus-size community has found an inspirational way of standing out from the crowd by bringing the Body Positive movement to the world of the fashion industry with the help of a thriving new community Connections. Curvysupporters is the creator and moderator of the curvy Girls' mission, Connected with the Facebook community of more than a thousand women and an inter-connected Instagram account with more than 5000-1000 followers. The aim is to use alternative interconnected platform “to be a voice for the curvy, plus-size, curvy female and help tackle the issues and stigma that can sometimes be a deterrent to women to regain confidence and provide encouragement connections. The diversity of the plus-size community is on rising and connections of followers and supporters are growing by leaps and bounds ever since the body positive movement was established.
There always has been a fundamental flaw within our society that needs to be tackled and undermines this fight for body positivity when it comes to plus-size retail fashion. There need to be laws in place to ensure that clothing shops are stocking an equal number of sizes, or at least, a set number of the larger sizes.
Clothing is not a choice, but a necessary part of everyday life, and so they need to be catering to everyone instead of making people who are already discriminated against based on their size feel more insecure or ashamed. When clothes shopping, we have all faced that sinking feeling of disappointment when you realize that an item you like doesn't come in your size.
It's frustrating and saddening, but thankfully often a rarity, so we pick ourselves up and move on. Now new things have changed as new plus-size stores emerge from all parts of the world.
What followed next was an online plus-size clothing brand community and shopping available on both Instagram and Facebook. Facebook and Instagram influencer has a focus on Fat Positive space where members are open and honest about their clothing experiences and otherwise. There is absolutely no shaming of any kind allowed in the group and moderators and we keep a steady eye on the posts and comments so that things don't go sideways.”As well as fashion there are regular threads where members can post about fashion, promote their blog posts, share their location or just chat. we are expecting to create a community where no topic is off-limits as long as we keep it kind and respectful. we wanted to create a community where they can share there work with each other in hopes of helping and inspiring one another.
Members of the online plus size community may even get some free advice from Fashion bloggers and can find positive space discussion to get involved in the fashion questions. However, the results of the group's encouragement and support are the most rewarding elements. Nothing is more exciting than a new member sharing their story of plus-size for motivation and inspiration activities. Seeing all the love, respect, care and support the online ladies community shows that member, then getting to see photos of that member on her blog and all other social media platforms, enjoying herself and letting us know how much our words of encouragement meant to her. Sometimes all it takes is a few kind words to help someone change their life for the better.”
The result is a space on the internet online Interconnections is truly unique. “It all sounds so simple but there is not a place that I know of where women can talk about the trials and tribulations of not only expressions, but finding love with someone who's doesn't fetishize fat women, and get recommendations on where to find a formal dress in a size 24 and more. That is precisely the reason we created curvysupporters with a bigger mission and why we devote so much time. resources and energy into keeping it true to the longterm vision. The best part is that there are so many women who believe in the same vision. Together, we can't fail.”
In today’s fast-paced society, we get deeply entangled in the trivialities of daily life and often forget to notice the negative patterns that we form in order to deal with the ever-increasing stress. As people start to look for natural ways to cope with this and to find the balance to lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives, meditation is becoming an increasingly popular wellness approach.
However, it’s not something new; meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that has been followed throughout centuries by different communities, traditions, and cultures around the world. As a result, there are so many different forms and approaches to it. In modern times, meditation is bridging the gap between science and spirituality as scientific studies are beginning to reveal its many benefits for the mind and body.
So what exactly is meditation?
Meditation is a powerful practice involving focused concentration by connecting with one’s inner self to experience the peace and clarity that exists within us, amidst the chaos of life.
In simple terms, meditation is truly about the art of being, of feeling, and of experience. This can be quite conflicting for many of us who have been conditioned to always focus on the doing, the achieving, and the acquiring of goals throughout life, which is precise quite the opposite of what meditating really is. That being said, studies have shown that this practice can actually contribute to our success by helping us take a step back to reconnect with who we really are, what we want, and what truly makes us happy.
For those looking to begin their meditation practice, it can often be quite overwhelming and intimidating to choose from the very many different styles, approaches, and traditions. So how do we know where to start and what works best? First, let’s begin by understanding the different approaches and the most popular types of meditation.
Sound, Vibrations, and Mantras
These meditations involve continuous repetition and chanting of high-energy sounds, vibrations, and mantras, which increase our energy vibration, bring us into a space of peace and tranquility, and awaken the wisdom and compassion within us.
These meditations involve establishing a deeper spiritual connection with what we may call the universe, the divine, or the higher self in order to increase our faith by moving beyond our mental control and into a space of trust, faith, and intuition.
Visualization and Guided Meditations
These meditations take you through a beautiful healing journey by guiding your mind and body into a state of deep relaxation through visualization. In this tranquil state, positive reinforcement within the subconscious mind will accelerate the powerful manifestation process of our thoughts into creating an empowering reality.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditations
This involves focused attention and awareness on the present moment by observing your natural breath and thought patterns until you are able to move beyond the mind into a place of stillness and silence.
These meditations involve incorporating an activity, such as walking, or a hobby, such as painting or dancing, through focused concentration where we move into a space of total oneness with our activity and away from the world of multitasking in order to channel our creativity, intuition, and stillness.
I’ve often heard friends discuss an amazing meditation approach they experienced and, when I tried it, I didn’t find it all that powerful for me. The opposite is also true. It is difficult to suggest at first hand which form of meditation works best for each individual. Since we are all wired so differently, what resonates with you may not resonate with someone else.
The form of meditation best suited to you can depend on the following things.
The timing of experiences in your life, when you are suddenly left searching for answers to questions you previously never asked, can lead you to stumble upon a meditation that fulfills the need of the hour for peace, clarity, and stillness. I’ve witnessed people who are going through a challenge in life suddenly finding solace after visiting a meditation guru who teaches them about a practice that provides them with what they needed at that time.
Right Brain vs. Left Brain
Some of us are more controlled by our thoughts, whereas others are more led by their emotions. Working as a holistic facilitator, I’ve often found that those who are more left-brained appreciate the more scientific and logical approaches to meditation, such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques. On the other hand, creative, heart-ruled people might find more in-depth experiences in the more spiritual forms of meditation.
Those coming from a culture rooted deeply in ancient practices from childhood will gravitate towards a certain type of meditation that aligns with their religion, culture, or beliefs.
The best way to find the one that is right for you is to try out all the different forms of meditation to see what works best in that specific moment. You could also choose to integrate them all into your own spiritual practice.