I talk about how resilient our bodies are, how much they strive to keep thriving even in the midst of crazy-making eating patterns. How they continue to serve us in so many ways we take for granted. How so often, they are the beasts of burden all day long until at last, we fall into bed exhausted. I encourage my clients to remember a time when they were one with their bodies, maybe when swimming through tropical waters or a brisk mountain lake; when dancing en pointe, or ecstatically; when bicycling or snowboarding; perhaps after bringing you to the most incredible vista after a hike. Remember what it felt like as a child to swing, to roller skate, to hula hoop, to ride a horse?
In a recent group, when I asked this of my clients, they went to work as I encouraged them to write freely, not to think about it too much, a stream of consciousness approach. Afterward, one client said she had been appalled at how mean she had been to her body, the things she has thought about it, said to it! She said she was in the midst of experiencing humbling guilt and about to begin berating herself when she caught it! It hadn’t been her, her true self throwing blame toward her body; it had been “The Voice!” That’s right, my lovelies, “The Voice” presents in many guises; you against you, you against your body; and you against others; creating judgment and comparison to keep you stopped in your tracks. Savannah Mayfield, a wise woman coach once said to me, “Comparison and judgment are constricting energies, they keep us small, they keep our sparkly selves hidden. Gratitude is the opposite of comparison and judgment, it’s expansive, it allows us to radiate our essence.”
I encourage you to try it, send love and gratitude to your sweet, sweet body. It doesn’t want to let you down, begin speaking to your body with love, with kindness. Allow this to become a practice that grows naturally, with time. If you can do this, you'll notice a release of tension, an opening of your spirit. It is in this mode of compassion that you will be able to hear the wisdom your mind, body, and spirit has to share. How can you begin radiating with your magnificent body? Through dance, through music, through stillness, through rest, know that you are one with this human vessel and celebrate with gratitude. Thank your sweet body!