Body confidence sounds like a buzzword, the latest trend to get people to join a gym or start a new diet. Fortunately, there’s a deeper meaning behind the term and Swallowtail WI invited social enterprise SoulShine along to talk to us about the growing body positive movement. Amy Woods and Robyn Caston set up SoulShine to encourage people to transform their relationship with food and their bodies. They want everyone to shift from a place of struggle, guilt, anger and shame to one of nourishment, pleasure and love.
It’s easy to believe there’s only one desired body shape and size, a perfect number we can all diet our way down to if we just try hard enough. The reality is that women are meant to be individual and unique, and as long as you’re healthy then the numbers don’t matter. The great part of a WI meeting is seeing so many different women all together and realising that you’re more normal than you thought.
Amy and Robyn got us talking about the way we view our bodies, how often we take them for granted and the harsh judgements we hold towards ourselves. Often the negative self-talk that runs through our heads is based on opinions that aren’t our own. They encouraged us to re-examine what we really thought about ourselves and what we wanted from our bodies and our lives. I came away appreciating how much my body does for me, how normal I am and how proud I should be in who I am and what I can do.
Amy says “Our aim is to empower and provide the self-care tools, techniques and methods for people to embrace all aspects of themselves, to awaken the wisdom they carry within that enables them to nourish and take care of themselves in a way that allows them to flourish into the incredible beings that they are.”
SoulShine offers individual coaching sessions, workshops, courses and retreats which support self-discovery and personal growth empowering people to prosper in their personal, professional and community lives. For more information visit soul-shine.org.uk
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