self acceptance

partition

today, i am unpacking my inner landscapes and other topographies   rearranging the map where the meridian curved and bowed around the space of you this business of boundaries was glorious, indeed, as i creased and folded to hide the parts of myself i did not want to see if i am a country, if […]

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Slow on the Straight Path: A Muslim’s Guide to Being Real

I am still redefining my Islam, this is where I start: It is an Opening (such as the first ayah in the Qu’ran) rather than a closing. It makes me accessible to humanity, compassion, and kindness. Being a Muslim places upon me the duty for righteous acts and justice, but not in a way that is demeaning and judgmental to others. This compassion extends to my own being — learning to still feel that I am worthy and OK even in prayers missed or in those ever frequent moments that I fall short of God’s glory.

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A Fat Girl’s Life

After almost forty years of disliking myself because of my weight, I’m beginning to tire of the energy necessary to be so mean to myself. It takes way too much work to maintain self-loathing. I’m healthier than a lot of skinnier women I know. I’m smart, I’m kind, and when I love someone, I love them deeply.

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