“Don’t turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place. That’s where the Light enters you.”
Our bodies often serve as the physical manifestation of our “bandaged place”. The immediacy of the body makes it an easy dumping ground for displaced emotions. We starve, hate, binge, exhaust, purge, judge, cut, and reject our sensory selves in hope of numbing our pain. These misguided attempts are fruitless because they presuppose that the body is the source of the pain, rather than a metaphor for our inner wounds. Body dissatisfaction is a cue to move our awareness to our bandaged place.
The body, a symbol of our mortality and our precious imperfection, is a beautiful starting place for cultivating compassion. Rather than waging war on the body for its perceived flaws, listen closely to its wise whispers. These whispers remind us of the body’s bountiful stories and secrets, hard-won insight, and capacity to ingest the sensory wonders of the world.
The courageous artists of the Love Your Body show have chosen to share their bandaged places with you. Don’t turn your head. These artists offer you their stories so that you might find deeper understanding and compassion. Perhaps you will be moved to stare into your own bandaged place until you grow well acquainted with the rawness of your wound. Only then can you begin to peel back the bandage and invite the Light in.