The Middle Way is integral to Buddhism. Here, I transfer this balanced approach to a very modern cause of suffering. Can Buddhism help negative body image?
These posts complement mental wellbeing with physical health.
Our culture links success with appearance. Mainstream media objectifies the body, promoting unattainable beauty standards. More and more of us are unsatisfied with how we look. Improving body image requires us all to reject these messages, redefine beauty on our terms, practice non-judgement and embrace impermanence.
Instagram’s influence on body image is causing a crisis in how we feel about our appearance. It’s not the cause, but a reflection of a hyper-sexualised culture that freely objectifies the human body. With society working against us and beauty standards unattainable, how can our relationship with our bodies change?