How much time do you spend thinking about your body? The shape of it? The out-of-shape of it. How it fits in certain clothes or doesn’t fit. Do you wish it were different? Smaller or bigger? How much of your identity is tied up in your body? Your joy, self worth or happiness? (You don’t have to answer now, BTW, I get that this kind of thing is private.)
…positive or negative, I have always been seen for this exterior thing that is my body. I am more than my body. -Kaisa Keranen
Do you know Kaisa? I’ve previously written about her and if you’re one of the over 300k instagrammers that follow @Kaisafit, you know her for her body. Your first impression is immediately drawn to her physique. Then, to see her move, your mind somehow can’t comprehend that she has such grace in her power. Like so many athletes, her body is one of the ways she communicates with the world.
Yesterday, I was delighted to be a part of a conversation about physical and emotional strength facilitated by Kaisa and her mom. First we worked our core, like with sit-ups and stuff. Then we spent some time talking about what it means to be connected to your core, from the spiritual sense. I thought it would be a little too woo-woo for this science brat but it was a wonderful reminder that joy isn’t tethered to size or shape. Kaisa spoke candidly about what it means to use her body as a vehicle for a larger message that we are more than just our bodies. It really just scratched the surface and I think it will be interesting to witness Kaisa expand this aspect of her wellness journey.