I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Jessica Cardamone, a famous influencer.
She is a Body Connection Coach who incorporates growth and spirituality. She is here to help women connect with their bodies, their minds and their spirits.
She believes the three aspects are powerful and measurable. You can find her on Instagram @vibesofadeity where she is sharing her journey into the modelling industry. You can find my coaching group on Facebook EMBODYHER.
“Body positivity means a couple of things. It is delivered to oneself – by being kind to ourselves, kind to our bodies in the way we speak to and about ourselves. And also in the way we deliver this kindness and judgment to others,” she states during our interview.
She personally feels that the energy someone gives out is much stronger than what their body looks like visually, which makes so much sense. Energy can be felt from miles away and nothing can truly hold against it.
When asked about the effects of self-love, she responded, “It means being intune with your body, mind and spirit. Listening to when it is tired, listening to when it needs to move and respecting it with your words. It is spending that extra time to do the things it craves in this life, like meditating, or dancing, or having a skin care routine. The list goes on.”
She believes self-love is in three aspects that all connect to each other. So enjoying the moments of pleasure isn’t just about the body- it is also pleasing the mind and spirit.
Furthermore, her three connections are as follows:
- Feeding the mind with good words and honest accountability.
- Meditating and learning to honor her spirit.
- Eating and moving to respect her body.
“There are moments that I struggle to love every part of my body and to accept things about my physical appearance. Moments where it feels harder to choose what to wear; sometimes picturing if I had a flatter stomach. We all go through something similar. But I remember that those moments are fleeting. Those judgments can be changed. When those thoughts come in I acknowledge them and give myself a moment to FEEL. And then I look at myself and thank that body part for what it does for me. I show gratitude. If it’s my stomach, I thank it for feeding me. I think that no matter your job, beit a body image coach or a curve model, there are times that we get negative on ourselves so it’s about sharing that honesty and moving forward positively from it.”
When asked where the body-positivity movement was heading, she simply stated that “the movement has created such a big space for people to not only accept themselves more but for others to appreciate plus-size more. Like any movement it opens up opportunity for all kinds of judgments regarding how it is represented. Unfortunately, some judgements are negative, so it is important to spread awareness of how powerful words of kindness are to another human. There is no need to be nasty to people. I believe that anyone can use that hashtag or claim.Body positivity shouldn’t just remain a thought about how we look on the outside, it should incorporate showing our bodies positivity for the inside too.”
And so, she leaves us with this:
“You are here for a purpose. And honoring yourself with kindness and love along the way is only going to make your life more bright. Giving the same kindness to others is going to light it even brighter. And when that same energy is passed to us, it is passed through us. It’s an energy beam that can be continuous. Don’t spend years of precious energy on what you dislike, because that fractures others too. Without you knowing. You are amazing and your energy belongs to this world just as much as anyone else. Your part in this world is just as important as anyone else.“