I think I found THE book for the Shakti Deep Dive Book Study this fall. (We took a hiatus over the summer.) I heard about this book while listening to a podcast and my antennae immediately went up. I just knew I needed to check out this book.
Let’s start with the book cover. It is stunning. The author is on the cover lying in a bed of flowers — strategically placed flowers — which accent the voluptuous curves of her body. Depending on what edition you pick up, there are either white rays emanating around her or gorgeous butterfly wings. The cover conveys the title so beautifully: The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.
Let’s pause for a moment and take a deep breath.
Our bodies are not an apology. Let those words sink in. What is coming up for you as you absorb this message?
Are you remembering all the times you apologized for yourself? All the times, you apologized for being too heavy or too skinny, too big or too small, too pale or too dark. Are you remembering all the times you justified why you moved a certain way, or why you needed more food or less food, or why you were attracted to certain people?
Or maybe you are reflecting on how much time has passed and wondering is it too late for me? Is it too late to pursue my dream, go back to school, quit my job, have children, or start all over?
Sonya Renee Taylor, the author of The Body is Not an Apology, unequivocally states it is not too late. It is not too late “to heal the wounds inflicted by violent systems”: systems which perpetuate feelings of shame and oppression toward ourselves and toward others.
In other words, loving our bodies is a radical act: one which not only liberates ourselves but also liberates others.
As Sonya Renee Taylor writes:
“The work is to crumble the barriers of injustice and shame leveled against us so that we might access what we have always been because we will, if unobstructed, inevitably grow into the purpose for which we were created.” (p. xii)
Loving our bodies is about tapping into our natural intelligence and manifesting our calling. We can’t do that if we are too busy hiding, rationalizing, justifying, demeaning, shaming, or degrading our body.
I picked The Body is Not an Apology for our Fall Deep Dive Book Study because:
- No matter what type of body you inhabit, you have been taught it is not enough.
- Too much time, energy, and money is spent on changing your body.
- Body shaming is a tool to divide and prevents collective healing.
- Loving our bodies is the foundation for loving others and our planet.
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I look forward to discussing the concepts and implementing the practices found in this book. In the meantime, I invite you to find one small way you want to honor your body this week.
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.