Body Trust™ Insights with Gina Senarighi
You’re in for a real treat… Gina Senarighi is a friend and colleague of ours whose passion for life is a joy to witness. We were delighted when she agreed to share some of her wisdom and clarity with us in the latest edition of Body Trust™ Insights. Thank you, Gina!
Gina Senarighi, MFT, CPC, CDWF, is a relationship coach, couples counselor, sex educator, and blogger who inspires guides clients to bring greater fulfillment, passion, and joy. She has focused on serving LGBTQ community and non-traditional romance for seven years and is now completing a PhD in positive psychology. In her free time she enjoys gardening, listening to NPR, practicing yoga, and traveling the world with her partner. You can learn more about Gina and her practice at www.amplifyhappinessnow.com.
“Radical self-acceptance means being gentle with myself
in a world ready to arm my inner-critic”
- What lead you to Health at Every Size®?
My professional journey to HAES really came through my work with queer community. I work with many gender-non-conforming folks who receive a lot of messages about what their body “should” be. Working through body shame toward self-acceptance has been a critical part of my professional work- so HAES has been a natural fit.
My personal journey came through exhaustion. As I age as a women in this culture, I found myself growing increasingly weary from body shame, and knew there had to be a better way.
- What surprised you the most as you learned to accept yourself?
That there is no real “I have reached 100% self-love” end point, just more and more layers of finding ways to practice self-compassion.
- What are three aspects you feel are most important as you move toward radical self-acceptance?
Two parts of the process have been most challenging and most transformative for me along the way. First, learning to change my inner dialogue to a kinder more compassionate conversation has transformed my ability to be patient, kind, and forgiving with myself and those around me. Second, learning to accept and move past mistakes with humility but not shame, and accountability but not self-loathing has deepened my understanding of self-acceptance in a really meaningful way. Knowing and accepting that mistakes will be made and being willing to practice compassion when I make them has created a lot more room for creativity and inspiration in my life.
- What is your favorite part of your body and how do you celebrate it?
I love my feet. I treat myself to regular pedicures and regularly use my feet as focial points in meditation to help ground me when I am anxious.
- What is your favorite food and how do you enjoy it?
I just started eating meat again and did not realize how much I missed it. I just spent the holidays at my Italian-American parents’s house and LOVED lasagna most of all. Slow eating at long family dinners while telling stories and listening to my dads fisterman tales helps me savor the food and the experience of being near people I love.
- What inspires and renews your dedication to your process when you need it?
Fresh air. No matter where I am or what I am doing, if I find myself a little anxious, irritable, or lacking presence a few deep breaths on a short walk will always clear my head and help bring me back to my priorities.
- Radical self-acceptance means…
Being gentle with myself in a world ready to arm my inner-critic.
- What books or websites inspire you now?
I am currently re-reading “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed. I think everyone learning practices of self-compassion should read it.
- Favorite poem or quote?
“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”