Meet Dr. Melody Moore
MEET THE MUSE: Dr. Melody Moore – yogi, activist, clinical psychologist, and founder of Embody Love Movement.
Generous and enthusiastic.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being fully present and grateful for whatever and whoever is in the moment. I believe we choose happy. And that it is available for me at all times. So, I try to choose acceptance, gratitude, and happiness in the right now, in the wherever. Perfect happiness, however, would certainly involve a beach and chips and guacamole and friends who make me laugh until I cry. Oh, and dancing.
What is the trait you are most grateful for in yourself?
Gratitude. I am grateful for my life, my health, my opportunities, my purpose, my friends, my family, my relationship to everything and everyone.
What is the trait you most cherish in others?
Authenticity. The realness, the rawness, the beauty of being vulnerable and open and true. It’s so attractive and intriguing and trustworthy, the truth.
What breaks your heart?
Girls and women not knowing how necessary they are, not seeing their worth, not knowing their value.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I am fiercely loyal. But if you mean externally, I have eyes that smile. As a therapist, I’m very grateful for that quality. I think my clients can see into my care for them, even when I say very little.
If you could inspire one change in yourself, what would it be?
If you could inspire one change in the world, what would it be?
I would change the way that people perceive themselves as being separate from one another. I love the saying “there are no others” and would hope to create a world where that sentiment is fully realized and embodied.
Where do you look for inspiration in your daily life?
I look to nature, to see what the ocean or the mountains or the birds or insects have to teach me. I look to teachers and authors. I look to dear friends who have found purpose and feel passion. I look into my heart. It’s compass is on point.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want people to remember how they felt about themselves in my presence. I want people to remember that they have everything they need within them, that they are resourced and capable and full of possibility. I want people to remember that they are lovable. Without condition or limit.
What is your motto?
Thank you. I believe that everything that happens is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to become. And if I can remain in the “thank you” to life, to its teachers, the ones that break my heart and those that fill me with joy, I can stay present and open to what I am being offered.
What organization/project are you currently working on?
I am currently working on creating the next curriculum for Embody Love Movement, a 501(c)3 that I founded in 2011 to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.
What/who inspired your work?
A culmination of factors inspired my purpose. First, my own illusion of feeling not good enough as a child, both because I was convinced I was “too much”, due to my size, and because I thought I was “not enough”, because of my gender. Second, my recognition of the truth: that I am enough, lovable, and whole. Third: my clients’ transformations. I am a clinical psychologist and have had the incredible privilege of seeing my clients, girls who struggled with negative body image, depression, and eating disorders, claim their healing and their power. I wanted to give these clients a way to give back to others because of the struggle to recovery that led them to becoming inspirational. I wanted to prevent other girls from having to suffer from low self-esteem, negative body image, and a sense of worthlessness. So, I created Embody Love Movement Foundation as a way to create a community for those in recovery, to prevent relapse, and as a way to inspire and empower a new generation of girls to be unapologetically themselves.
Why does your work matter?
We need to embody love. We each need to embrace our life’s purpose so that we can fully inhabit each moment. We need to be kind to one another. We need to recognize that we are interdependent and that each of us belong to this fabric of humanity in a way that is necessary and vital to ourselves and each other.
What are the challenges you face with your work?
It is challenging when/if I feel that I am working in isolation. I have an awesome team, but if I let myself get seduced into the idea that it’s all on me, the risk of overwhelm and the lack of play is a struggle for me. As long as I keep a team of support around me, I am able to stand inside of the seemingly monumental task of creating a world of unconditional love in action.
I LOVE seeing the girls and women change the way they perceive themselves and commit to being more compassionate with themselves and forgiving of others. It’s so inspiring to see people be open to change and willing to be vulnerable enough to let themselves grow.
How can we support your work?
You can attend a facilitator training and bring Embody Love Movement into your own community! You can donate. You can volunteer your time and talents. You can like and share our message on social media. You can love yourselves and those around you. You can commit to not body shaming yourself or others, to accepting who you are and to being compassionate with your teachers.
Because this is our “Back to School” Issue:
Who are your greatest teachers?
My greatest teachers are the people who have shown me exactly what I needed to know in order to grow. My greatest teachers are the people who betrayed me, lied to me, abandoned me, broke my heart open, and dismissed me. Those are the teachers who showed me how deeply I could love, how fully I could forgive, how much I have within me, and how meaningful truth and hope and trust are. At the time, these teachers were perceived as being assholes and cold hearted, but with time, I have come to know each of them as brilliant, perfectly timed teachers that have directed my path in ways that they will never realize. For each of these wounds, I am forever grateful.
What has been your most difficult lesson?
I had to learn that we don’t get to choose timing. That timing is perfect. But it isn’t ours. It isn’t mine. I had to learn that the time that things occur, that people come into or leave the world, or my life, isn’t up to me. It’s not because of me and it’s not mine to get to decide. My dad’s death solidified this truth for me. When I feel like timing sucks, it’s because I don’t have clarity, not because the time itself is in the wrong. I just need more perspective before I can see the perfection in the timing.
I am learning to have faith. I am in a life transition, moving away from so many things I have known and once felt to be reliable and permanent. I am learning that the more I let go and stop controlling and predicting, the more room there is for the mystery to unfold, and for the miracles to land. I am learning to trust in myself and in the universe around me. I am learning to not know.
What do you know to be true?
I know that love is real, that it heals, and that it is eternal.
What do you want other women and girls to know?
That they are lovable without condition. That love is their birthright. That there is nothing that they could have experienced or will experience that would ever remove the availability of love for them or from them.
Thank you for the inspiration. xo, muse.
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