I met the author Tara Owens through a writing group on Facebook and was intrigued by the idea of her book Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone. When she was looking for people to receive review copies in exchange for honest reviews, I offered quickly because the juxtaposition of physicality and spirituality is something you rarely see in a positive context. Reading it through the eyes of someone who lives with disability and who has had body image issues for as long as I can remember, I found the book healing. The question, "What is God trying to do through our skin and bones?" found on the back cover challenged me to ask myself that about my tired, broken-ish 47-year-old body. I didn't find answers, but what a holy question instead of cursing my body for what it can no longer do.
She talks of blessing our bodies, each individual part of it, and this calls out to me. I want to bless my body and embrace it, for what it is, for what it can do, what it can give me. I am in the middle of something called narrative yoga to help me do this as well. The stories that rest in our flesh and bone are the ones that will transform both ourselves and the world around us.
On a personal note, I'm remembering that today is the 3rd anniversary of my surgery to remove part of my right kidney. Along with the disabilities I was born with and the depression that has followed me for many years, this is something I'm still working to make peace with. Reading this book and embracing my body and its stories through narrative yoga is part of that process. It may never be finished.