I opened my heart To me, and in doing so I opened my heart To you. ~Shelly Johnson
One of my main goals in life is to help girls, young women (and all women) feel peaceful in their bodies. Young girls and women struggle with body-anxiety and body-shame, and I believe this crushes our joy and dims our power. (You can read more about this here.) So, I believe it is really important … Continue reading Ten Things I Would Tell My Young Self About Bodies, Shame, and Love if I Could Travel Back in Time
Fragile teacups Locked in cabinets are lovely, But I liked chipped mugs. ~Shelly Johnson, 2014 How do you find beauty in brokenness and imperfections?
I believe that Body Peace is the birthright of every single girl and woman in the world. I also believe that most girls and women are being robbed of this birthright every single day of their lives. Body Peace Body Peace is the confidence and strength we possess when we trust our body’s natural wisdom … Continue reading Body-Anxiety and Body-Shame: The Epidemic and the Escape
You were not meant To live a life of Rushing Fretting Grasping Forcing, A wheel hooked up to a crank That churns all day and night, The Crushing Infinite, NO. There is a space of cumulus clouds. The scent of lilac, The thrill of touch, And surrender to silence And something beyond. Flow into slowness. … Continue reading Permission to Live a Slow Life
Compassion: It is one of the most important, underrated, and meaningful gifts we can give to ourselves and to others. Compassion and Suffering Let me define compassion. Compassion comes from the Latin words cum (with) and patior (to suffer). This etymology suggests that compassion means “to suffer with” or to be “with suffering”. When we … Continue reading Compassion: How to Heal Suffering
"Chrysopoeia" You were made to be gold, And are turning even now. All that is base in you Is the foundation for finer things. And every moment, dwelling in love, Your metamorphosis begins. ~Shelly Johnson, 2018 If you enjoyed this poem, you might also like these poems. A Poem About You and Your Magic The … Continue reading Chrysopoeia