In a deep relationship you have to be honest about who you are and when you are honest about who you are it connects you with everything, it connects you with the planet, it connects you with the universe. On some level nothing is separate and by healing yourself and being truly - who you are - you are healing your life, you are healing the people around you, you are healing the earth.
My partner loves me, it is amazing to be loved by someone unconditionally. Being worthy of such love is scary because to accept such love, you have to be in integrity with your deepest being. You cannot play games; deep love takes you to the core. It is transforming. To learn to accept love you have to love yourself and to receive love on a deep level is really beautiful. I think it has to do with self-esteem and I don't know anyone that does not have self-esteem issues.
All women are beautiful when they belly dance. Big hips, big belly, it is the big that works really nice. The first thing that I teach in a class is to love yourself. Once a person loves who they are, it does not matter what size they are, they look beautiful! I really love ethnic dance as it embraces all body types, you have big hips, long legs, short legs, small hips, all of it is beautiful and in dance you are celebrating your body.
Some women do not love themselves enough. They do not love their bodies. I have had women call me up and say, "I am so fat, I can’t take a dance class." Then they walk into the class and they are not fat, they are totally normal." Even if they were huge - dance anyway, they have a totally lopsided image of who they are. Some think they should be thinner and younger.
I do not think that beauty is thin and young. I went up this summer to see the Bristol Cone Pines, the oldest trees in the world. They are five to six thousand years old. They were beautiful and old. They were perfect proof that there is so much beauty in age and we all need to embrace that.