Soul-Fed Mama: Self Portrait Sunday: Hands

Self-Portrait Sunday: Hands. Part of the Soul-Fed Mama series | www.nuturedmama.netOn Sundays throughout the month I will be inviting you to take and share a self-portrait.

Self-portraits are a powerful way to explore how you see yourself.

A number of years ago I did a 365 day self-portrait challenge. It was a profound and healing experience. I learned so much about how I perceived the space I took up in the world, and also the disconnect between how I believed others saw me and how I wanted to be seen.

So just four times this month, I invite you to turn the camera on yourself and explore those issues just a bit.

This week, let’s take a self-portrait of our hands.

Self-Portrait Sunday: Hands. Part of the Soul-Fed Mama series | www.nuturedmama.net

I remember when I noticed how similar my hands were to my mother’s. And how similar hers were to her mother’s. My grandmother gardened with her hands.  My mother gardens and writes with hers. I paint and garden and write with mine. We are so different in so many ways, but there, in our hands, you can see our family line. When my daughter was born, I could see her father in her upper lip and her eyes, and me in her ears and her smile. I wonder, will her hands look like mine, which look like my mother’s, which look like her mother’s? What will my daughter do with her hands?

Take a photograph of your hands and share it on Instagram, Facebook or your own blog. Tag it with #soulfedmama so we can see each other’s photos.

This post is part of the 31-day Soul-Fed Mama series. Find the rest of this series here.

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2 Responses to Soul-Fed Mama: Self Portrait Sunday: Hands

  1. Juniper October 9, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Regarding daughter’s hands – I wondered the same about my first daughter, then when #2 was born, I immediately recognized my hands in miniature. So that’s what they look like! It’s interesting how such physical similarities can reinforce a connection. Daughter #1 was talking about our noses this morning… Same thing.

    I have self-portait hands from college photography days hanging in my hall. I wonder how they would compare today…much different texture for one!

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