I’ve been so lucky with my body in this lifetime! Despite the fact that my mother had cancer when she was pregnant with me, and died from cancer when I was 15, my body’s been fine. I dislocated a knee in 6th grade and that’s been the extent of it.
However, as time has gone by, my body has started to hold on to emotional wounds and scars and carry them in the form of pain and tightness.
Several years ago, I dislocated a shoulder, and then did it two more times. Ouch! The last time it was dislocated was when my son Ivan was a baby. It has never healed, and I never had the time to go to physical therapy, and so now it pretty much always hurts. This hurt has traveled up to my jaw, all along my wing on the back, and now that I hold so much tension all over there, my right hip went out of whack and my lower back started to hurt – for the first time ever.
Your body is an instrument that can work for you or against you, and just like a plant that suffers without water or sunlight, your body suffers when you don’t give it – and your very essence – the things that you need.
And it’s not just the basic nourishment. Your body needs to dwell in an environment that’s right for you, to be surrounded by people that are good for you, and to work and create a life that is allows your spirit to fulfill its purpose and to thrive.
Today I had the great opportunity to do an amazing yoga class with a friend who just got certified as a yoga instructor. The stretches and exercises we did were so good for my body, and it released some of that pain and tension it’s been holding on to. She had me focus strictly on the parts of the body I was moving, and as I did so, my body spoke to me. I tend to be in my head a lot, so this was pretty cool. It was the best yoga class I’ve ever done!
The more you let your body tell you what it needs, what it really craves, what it likes and what it doesn’t like, the more you’ll get your body on board to help you create the circumstances you need in your life in order to thrive, and to prevent serious pain and illness.
To ignore your body and/or go against what it needs is tantamount to attacking or not supporting yourself. I’ve worked with so many people who just straight out admit that they don’t like their bodies and they don’t like their reflections in the mirror. But that’s terrible, and so sad. The body is just like this robot shell your spirit chose to inhabit for a lifetime. Why not embrace it, and get it to work for you?
Just try, for today, to look down at your hands and tell them how much you like them. Wiggle your toes and think about how happy you are that they’re here and they work for you. Look at your reflection in the mirror and say “Hey, Gorgeous!” or “Hi, Handsome!” even if you feel silly doing it.
I’ll be working on the same things, too, because I don’t want my body to go into revolt in 5 years because I didn’t give it what it needs now. 🙂