“To love is first of all to accept yourself as you actually are. ‘Knowing yourself’ is the first practice of love.” –Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk and teacher.
How many photos of yourself have you deleted as “not good”? How many time have we heard someone say “I hate having my picture taken”? How often have I sucked in my belly while walking past someone I wanted to look attractive to. In an experiment of cutting through some of these delusions, I asked a photographer friend to take a series of images in black and white: on film, not digitally. I wanted to see this body naked, without adornments, props, or distracting background. I want to get to know it as it is.
“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” —C.G.Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist and mythologist.
source: Nhat Hanh, T. (1998). Teachings on love. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press. p.30; see also my post of September 4th.