I want to know about the story you've lived in your body. What do you need? How can I help? Anonymous answers provided here will inspire content in the "Bodies" section of Liberté & your responses are cherished. xo.
Sum up the general message you've received about the purpose of our physical bodies in Church:
What do you find most frustrating or confusing about the standard Christian rhetoric around bodies or health?
What do you find most empowering or beautiful about the standard Christian rhetoric around bodies or health?
What do you find most frustrating or confusing about the standard Christian rhetoric around sex and it's purpose?
What do you find most empowering or beautiful about the standard Christian rhetoric around sex and it's purpose?
What has been your greatest pain or disappointment relating to sex, shame, purity, or relating to your own body?
What has been your greatest victory or joy relating to sex, shame, purity, or relating to your own body?
Do you connect with the Lord through physical activity or fitness?
Yes, I experience connection with God through physical acticity and fitness.
No, my physical activities feel separate than activities I use to connect with God.
I'm not sure I understand how to connect with the Lord, in general.
I don't know how to connect with him in health and fitness, but if that's real I'm down to try!
What is the role of the physical body in the Christian faith?
How do you see your spiritual/faith life connecting, if at all, to your health, fitness, or sex life?
Which of the following best describes you? (Check one)
I see my body and sexuality as holy. I am comfortable with my body and sexuality.
I see my body and sexuality as necessary, but ultimately they are fleshly and less important than spiritual things.
I feel ashamed in my own skin. I am uncomfortable with my body and/or with sex/the idea of sex.
I am more or less okay with my body and sexuality. I don't think about it or how it connects to my faith.
So, menstrual cycles. What about them? (Check one)
I hate my period and PMS. I don't think there is anything I can do about it but endure it.
Cycles are part of the curse. It's designed to hurt. God uses it to teach us.
I feel like I have no control over my emotions and body during my cycle. I'm not sure this is God's design for my life, but I feel crazy.
I'm actively learning how to alleviate period/PMS symptoms. I don't believe God's design is for me to be in pain.
I love my cycle! I believe God designed my body/it's functions for a purpose. I try to support my body so it can do what it needs to do.
I have no idea what any of this is talking about -- tell me more!
Which of the following do you participate in?
Fitness classes of any kind
Weight training at the gym, or any other work out of your design
CrossFit or similar high intensity work outs
I don't work out, but I would like to.
I don't work out, but don't have an interest.
What is your favorite thing about your body? (Strength, your cute bum, that it allows you to experience affection, working out, etc.)
In what ways do you need healing in your body? (Pick as many as you'd like)
Physical healing from an injury or chronic condition
Maintaining a healthy weight for my body type/height
Getting re-connected to my body after experiencing a scary trauma or sexual assault/abuse
Healing from awkward or painful sex in marriage, including emotional hurdles, fear, shame
Of the following, I most want to learn about: (Pick as many as you'd like)
How to steward my health
How to connect to God in fitness, diet, and personal growth
How to accept and love my body and/or have grace for my progress as it relates to health
Navigating physical intimacy in marriage
What appropriate, healthy actions I can take while single that will benefit intimacy in marriage
Overcoming shame, self-hatred, or fear towards my physical appearance/body
Overcoming personal health challenges with a godly view/practice
Mind/Body connection from a Christian perspective
Understanding God's love for my physical body and how he sees me
What's the difference between flesh as sin and flesh as a gift from God to enjoy
Healing from sexual abuse or other trauma relating to my body
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