Breathe and rest…

Notice the skin on your body, bringing a kind attention and curiosity to this layer of skin. Some parts have hair, some parts are bare. Some are softer, others rougher, like the soles of your feet and the skin of your elbows and knees. Then there is the skin that leads to the inner parts of your body, like the inner parts of the eyelids; the skin of your nose that turns into the inside of your nostrils; the skin of your ears that turns into the inner ear; the skin of your lips that leads to the skin of the inside of your mouth.

There are different colors of your skin, like the palms of your hands versus the top of your hands. If you are middle-aged or older, there may be places where the skin is looser, and more taut, smoother, or more wrinkled. Take in all the varieties of your skin, all the multiple expressions of your skin, appreciating its protection.

Appreciate its intelligence; how it adapts and helps you communicate with the world around you…. It is a wonderous organ, the largest organ of our body. Appreciate all of its functions, without which we wouldn’t be able to live.

…As you continue to feel your skin, let your skin breathe, and rest, and receive your care and appreciation, even if you were instructed or told that your skin wasn’t beautiful, that it wasn’t precious. Let your skin know the truth now, how beautiful it is, how precious it is, how it is perfect, just the way it is — however dark, however light, however tanned, however not tanned, however young, however old. It has kept you alive your whole life until now. And it represents all of the gifts, all of the wisdom, all of the experiences of all generations of ancestors who came before you. It is also their skin. Caring for our skin, loving our skin is a way to care for and love our ancestors, too.

Kaira Jewel Lingo in Healing Our Way Home by Kaira Jewel Lingo, Valerie Brown, Marisela B. Gomez