My three-year-old son ZJ stops in front of the mirror every day to admire his belly. At his age, it’s round and smooth like a watermelon, topped with a little belly button.
Boy, is he proud of his belly!
He celebrates it. He marches down the hall with his belly leading the way.
He laughs at it and rubs it like Aladdin’s lamp, waiting for a genie to pop out.
He looks at it with an awe that I have long lost.
Somewhere along the way of life, many of us fall out of love with our bellies.
We stopped calling them bellies and they became stomachs. The word stomach feels more clinical and functional.
Some people work very hard to have six-pack abs. Other people, like me, don’t love my stomach but tolerate it.
No matter what we think of our bellies, they’ve probably lost some of their magic over the years.
But what if we started to celebrate our bellies again?
I forgot how important bellies are in our lives. They are the center of us with so much to give:
- Our bellies process the nutrition we get from the world, whether it be food or something more substantial like Love.
- They give us warmth and comfort.
- They are fun to contort.
- They let us know is something is wrong when you get that gut feeling.
- They also let us know when something is right.
- They let us know when we are in love, and when it’s time to move on.
- Most importantly, they provide a safe place for our babies to grow until they are ready to be birthed and join us in this world.
What would happen if we all looked at our bellies in the mirror today and felt wonder and awe no matter what state our stomachs are in?
Or we put on a proud grin every time we saw ourselves, knowing how strong our bellies truly are.
What would happen if we celebrated our bellies?
I am not sure how this practice impacts adults, but it obviously makes my son extremely happy.
I want that same smile he wears when he admires his belly in the mirror.
My guess is the more we love our bellies, the more we will care for them through better food and movement. And we will feel better.
For the next week, I will actively love my belly and see what happens. Feel free to join me.
I suspect amazing things will happen.