Do you have nicely shaped hands, strong legs or straight teeth? Do you have fabulously thick hair or large expressive eyes? Do people always comment on your great skin or your wonderful smile?
And which parts are you not so keen on? I'm guessing that it 's easier to come up with a list! Your funny feet, wobbly thighs, or less than flat tummy are much more likely to pop to mind than the bits you feel happy with. We look at our body as lots of different parts and give them scores - good, alright, less than perfect, awful.
Working in my job as an Amatsu practitioner I am constantly observing, touching and moving people's bodies. And the more I do so, the more I can honestly say that I think they are all beautiful and fascinating. Of course, my clients are not usually models or athletes or any of the other types of people whose bodies we aspire to or dream of having. But all of their bodies are beautiful in their individuality and their unparalleled mechanisms and engineering. They are all beautiful in the way they cope with life and the stories they have to tell - the marks, the scars, the bumps, the breaks. A totally unique history is written there.
I try not to, but I can't help but see people I work on on two different levels. I see them - their story, their work, their personality, their dreams, frustrations and pain - and I see their body. I see this amazing, mysterious, wise and yes, beautiful body that is asking me ( or anyone else who cares to listen!) for help. I see the subtle but real clues that their body is giving me that may help to unravel the mystery of why they are feeling discomfort or can't move properly. The fact that a person can't turn their head or that they wake up with a tight and painful jaw tells me something. The fact that their knees hurt when they go downstairs or there is a pain between their shoulder blades are clues too -my clients' beautiful body showing where it is going wrong.
We look at the outside of ourselves and judge it. We forget about the inner, miraculous layers that we never see. And I can assure you - those inner layers are truly lovely. Remember them :-)