Our Body is Our One True Home

Following is a quote from a remarkable woman, Anita Avalos, who I recently had the distinct pleasure of talking with on the phone and getting to know a bit. She says: “Our body is our one true home, why not love where you live?”

Um, yeah. That just about sums it all up, now doesn’t it? I think I’ll get this tattooed on me somewhere because it really is the core of what I encourage others to do by way of this blog: Love what you got and it will change. But, this post is about Anita and YOU and how you might play together to find a deeper, richer process and healing around the body.

Body-Goddess, Anita Avalos

Body-Goddess, Anita Avalos

Ms. Avalos is a Holistic Health, Eating Psychology, and Body-Food Relationship Coach who contacted me a couple of months ago to discuss her work and how much she likes my blog. We had an incredible conversation. I immediately felt like I was talking with one of my long-term friends. She and I were instantly comfortable together. Anita exudes compassion, understanding, and acceptance. She cares about other people and this caring forms the core of her offerings. It was immediately clear to me that Anita does not want you or I to change. She wants to help us love. And, by helping people get clear, showing them how to work with what they have, and providing them with tools to support their journey, she does just that.

Anita’s entire aim is to help people “Learn a diet-free approach to creating the body they love and a life that rocks.” What does this mean? This means, achieving body acceptance by methods other than obsessive dieting, working out, or otherwise dominating or belittling the body. To me, it means: finding ways to love and accept the body first and then noticing that your behaviors then align with that love and acceptance. For example, if you feel good about your body, you naturally want to move it more. If you love who you are becoming, you naturally gravitate toward healthier habits and relationships. It’s about practicing and working at core stuff, the stuff that is largely ignored by our appearance-obsessed culture. By the way, these are my words, not necessarily Anita’s, but I think she would agree with me based on everything we learned about each other. 🙂

This work that Anita does is deeply emotional, personal, and transformative. Through live workshops, seminars, and personal one-to-one sessions, she’s helping people understand their relationship with the body and food. She helps people safely explore their body shame and where it comes from so they can move past it. She helps people connect with who they really are on an emotional, psychological, and behavioral level and then gives them access to tools and new behaviors that help them learn what works for them and what detracts from their highest good. This work is life-changing and life-giving. It’s a different journey for every person and each exploration is revealing, captivating, and astonishingly beautiful.

Anita’s web site does a much better job of letting you experience what her work is all about, so please be sure to click over and spend some time exploring there. And, if you seek out Anita’s help and feel inclined to guest post here about your experience, that would thrill me to no end.

Something that I’ve said from the beginning and is my core philosophy is that the body and its shape or level of fitness is a direct by-product of one’s alignment and acceptance. If one has little or no self-acceptance, less than desirable health or fitness can result. Our bodies simply cannot achieve lasting and optimal health without addressing our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors, combined.

I think the work that Anita is doing is hugely healing and beneficial for all of us (whether you seek her direct help or not). Anita gets it. She gets and gives what the world so deeply needs. Thank you for the tremendously healing and helpful work you do, Anita. 🙂 You are so right. Our body is our one true home. Let’s love it.

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8 thoughts on “Our Body is Our One True Home

    1. BigLizzy Post author

      Nomzi-sis, Thank you so much for stopping by and reading the post, my darling friend. Isn’t Anita the BEST?! Did you check out her Web site? Such a happy spot! I love you, honey. 🙂

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      1. Nomzi Kumalo

        Hello dear, Anita sounds like a lovely woman. I did pop in and it is a happy spot. I hope that you are having a splendid summer. Warm greetings, Nomzi. 🙂

  1. astraltravler

    Dearest Lizzy,
    Thank you My Dear Friend for introducing Anita.
    “Our body is our one true home, why not love where you live?”
    Such a beautiful quote, and for me who lives with distorted body image. I feel such mixed emotions. I want to love where I live, however after so many years of not being happy with the house I’m in I don’t know how to Love or where to even start to begin to change this mind set, and learn to nourish my home instead of depriving it.
    I have chosen to make this quote one of my daily mantra’s, and will definitely check out Anita’s site.
    Much Love,
    Anastasia 😊

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    1. BigLizzy Post author

      Oh, my sweet and lovely friend, Anastasia. You have already started, honey. You have already laid the brick, so to speak, and now you can stand up and walk upon it. You’ve started by admitting how you feel and recognizing the struggle you’ve had. That’s all you need to do.

      Next steps? Keep working. Keep going. Pick one aspect of your body that you appreciate and praise your body for it. Maybe you can spend five minutes per day telling your body: “Thank you for these lessons. Thank you for working with me here. Thank you for helping me feel things. Thank you for helping me process life and hold emotion and for letting me hold other people and taste and touch. Thank you for tolerating my anger, rancor, and deep grief. I know this hasn’t been easy on you, body. But, I do appreciate you and what you let me feel here.”

      This WORKS, honey. Be the powerful creator you are. Know that you call the shots here. Know that you chose a less than optimal body this time around in order to get the lessons you are after as a soul. KNOW your power and your ability to reprogram this body and form it with your consciousness. YOU CAN do this. We all can. And, I have to add that Anita would be able to help you with your process around this, too, my love. She specializes in this stuff. 🙂

      I’ll support you in any way I can, sis. I’m always here for you and I love you. XOXO

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