Birth of the Belly Love Practice
One beautiful post-Equinox September day in 2014, I decided to bare my belly to the Sun.
In that moment, I gave up worrying that I’m older and my belly is rounder than the washboard look it had years ago. As I lay there next to a river bank, I felt Father Sun recharge my batteries within my solar plexus. The deep relaxed feeling that I had as a sun-worshiping child came back to me. All fears about sun spots and skin cancer faded in the bright light of the Sun.
Instead, the Sun showed me that humans, and all terrestrial life, are the flowering of the Mother Earth as She basks in the loving embrace of the Sun.
We are Earth and Sun. The Sun lives within our bellies.
From that day on, my relationship to my belly shifted. I spent more time touching and caressing my belly, remembering its relationship with the Sun.
During one of these times that I was touching my bare belly, I felt the different textures of hair on my belly. I felt the soft downy hairs that are not readily visible, then I came across the long wiry hairs that run from navel to pubic hair. These were the hairs I used to remove with harsh chemicals, razors or tweezers.
Suddenly, I was struck by tremendous sorrow around how our culture pressures us to achieve some artificial goal of the perfect body.
I saw myself, as young as age 9, and my childhood girlfriends longing to “have the perfect body.” I saw how media and advertisers perpetuate the fashion of ridding the body of “unwanted” hair. I saw girls cutting themselves and women subjecting their bellies to unnecessary surgeries. I saw mothers ashamed of how their bellies looked, no matter that it is the mark of bringing the life of their child into the world.
I asked myself, “What if every person in the world loved their bellies as they are? How different would the world become?”
I saw people proudly celebrating their belles. I saw people connecting to their Divine inner wisdom and power. I saw the demand for liposuction and invasive cosmetic surgery disappear. I saw magazines and runways blessed with beauty in all shapes and sizes. I saw Love replace fear and loathing.
What If Your Loved Your Belly?
That’s when I knew I had to share this insight with the World. The seed of the Belly Love Revolution was planted in that moment of touching those wiry hairs on my belly.
Since then, the Belly Love Revolution has been birthed by hundreds of people practicing Belly Love during the Belly Love 30 Day Challenge and Belly Love Day.
As I look back through my life before the day that I discovered Belly Love, I see that it wasn’t a realization plucked out of the ether. I have been guided toward that moment my whole life.
So, here I am, ready to share the stories of how the Belly Love Revolution unfolded throughout my life.