The following exercises for deepening your
awareness are playful, sometimes provocative, ways to recreate
your relationship with your belly.
Gather the supplies you'll need-pens or pencils,
a notebook or journal, a stack of plain white paper, and colored
markers, crayons, or pastels-and keep them with this book in
one place, perhaps in a special basket or box. With your supplies
already collected and close at hand you can enter into these
experiences as you're inspired to do so.
These awareness exercises are invitations
to reinvent your relationship with your belly. Many of us have
regarded our bellies as shameful. We've tried to make them disappear.
We've denied the wisdom and power they offer us. We've hidden
or minimized the hurts they've suffered. These awareness exercises
invite us to respect our bellies and reclaim their experience.
Each of us has a unique story. Many of us
have experienced emotional or physical trauma relating to our
bellies that may require the attention of a qualified health
professional. The "Honoring Your Belly" program doesn't
substitute for proper medical or psychotherapeutic attention.
Properly practiced, it can serve as a powerful adjunct to such
treatment by gathering and directing your self-healing powers.
Please consult with your health care provider as necessary to
address signs of emotional or physical distress.