Nov 25, 2019
Thank You Body
As I was writing last week’s blog I began thinking more about the body that I live in. The sweet book that I read to Luisa, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart continues to remind me of how much I have to be grateful for.
These feet and legs that have carried me across 100s of finish lines. These eyes that have witnessed the beauty of so many different countries. This body that has birthed my sweet baby girl.
But, so much of our culture teaches us to hate our bodies. The messages are plenty. You are not pretty enough. Not thin enough. Not curvy enough. Your boobs are too big, too saggy, too flat. Your hair is too curly, too frizzy, too straight, too short, too long. Your muscles are not lean enough, not defined enough, to bulky. Your belly is too flabby. Your skin is not smooth enough, clear enough, radiant enough.
You get the point. But, I don’t have to tell you. You get the same messages that I do everyday through the screens you look at, the magazines you choose to read (or the ones that are right in front of you at the grocery store), the conversations you have with friends and family members about your body, your diet, your exercise regimen. The ads from the multi-billion dollar diet industry. The posters at the doctor’s office. The scale at the doctor’s office. And on and on.
Can we instead appreciate the miracle that is this body. This body that we live in. This body that carries our soul through this precious life.
A book that has really resonated for me over the years is Yoga from the Inside Out by Christina Sell. Her words will forever be imprinted in my mind. ‘You are not at war with this body. It is the house of your soul.’
Oh my goodness. I don’t have to be at war with this body. This body deserves to be deeply cared for and nourished. Everything that it does for me every single day. The things I’ve seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted and experienced because of this body. The miracle of this one, precious life.
In a workshop years ago with Bryan Kest I recall he shared that most people take better care of their cars than they do their bodies. This struck me in that moment. How am I caring for this body? How am I nourishing this body? Where can I begin to make some shifts? Change some habits.
For years I did not care for this body...at all. I smoked cigarettes for more years than I’d like to admit. I drank WAY more than my body could handle. I rarely paid attention to the food I was eating...as long as it was fast and convenient. I ran so many miles that my physical body broke down...many times... through stress fractures and countless other injuries. I didn’t sleep. I forced my body into postures on my mat that were hurting me...but did it again and again.
Today, because of a consistent yoga practice (on and off the mat...but more so the off the mat part) and a new love of Ayurveda I make choices based on what nourishes my body, mind and spirit. I don’t always make the best choice. But, each day I get a little bit more sensitive to what its needs. I pay attention to the information that my body (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and energetic) is giving me and make the necessary shifts to bring myself back into balance.
This is how I thank my body. By aligning my daily choices up with how I want to feel and who I want to be. Nourishing my body first has freed up so much space to find clarity and purpose. To contribute to the whole. To have a bigger impact on the world around me. Because I feel open and expansive. I feel energized rather than depleted. Grateful rather than resentful.
I invite you to take a look at how you are choosing to care for your body. What are you taking into your senses? Do you need more time to find deep rejuvenation? Do you need to shift your daily habits to align with the next version of who you are becoming?
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