How many people do you hear say, “I love my body?”
Most people (and I have noticed it’s more women than men…) are known to not publicly or outwardly make it known how they truly feel about their body.
There are the few who do make it known how they feel and then there are those who on the outside make out they “love” their bodies, whilst on the inside secretly hating it for whatever reason.
Can you relate?
“Loving” your body doesn’t get to look a certain way.
For me it’s more about how one relates to their body and how their body relates to them.
When I was much, much younger (in my teens and 20s) I hated my body. Its shape, tone, height….I wanted something different.
In my 30s I hated my body because it felt sluggish, was depressed and kept getting injured.
At 40 I hated my body when it burnt out. I was angry at my body for “failing me” and not able to “keep up” with the demands of my lifestyle.
Did my body ask for this?
No. I was totally responsible for not listening to my body and showing it some “love”. So, it responded accordingly…
As I’ve shared previously, I spent last year healing my gut from Candida. I’m super sensitive to how my body reacts to food and drink I consume.
I ventured to eating some crisps the other day. Within half an hour my body started speaking to me. I stopped. I listened. I smiled. I recognised what my body was saying.
I started to experience a slight headache. Felt slightly light headed. Sweats started coming on. Started to feel irritable, tired and my energy level felt like it had sunken to rock bottom….arrgh….not a good sign.
Thankfully, I recognised these “signs” from when I’ve eaten these certain brand of crisps before. The only difference was I ignored the signs back then.
I’ve grown to love and appreciate my body more so for the way it speaks to me, and warns me of when things are “not well” within me.
When our bodies speak, whether that’s through pain, odd or uncomfortable sensations, etc., it’s more likely looking to warn us about something not being well within our physical, mental or emotion system.
Are you attentive to what your body is saying to you right now?
Do you know what your body’s voice “sounds” like? (normally comes in the form of a “feeling” or sensation).
Are you ignoring the messages? Suppressing them because you don’t have “time” to take notice or pay attention?
I learnt the hard way for ignoring my body’s “voice” and have paid the price on soooooo many occasions.
So, at 40, laid up in bed from burnout I chose to surrender and listen to my body.
Maybe you’re reading this and find it alien to know how to listen to your body.
Perhaps you never ever considered that your body has a “voice”.
It does and this is how I learnt to recognise mine, and how my body taught me to love and appreciate it. You may find this could benefit you or someone you know.
So, I had a vision, a desire of how I wanted to feel in my body – healthy and healthier, definitely fitter, stronger, and more energy.
When I attempted to get back into my crazy, stressful routine my body would stop me. I would get various sensations like brain fog (so couldn’t think properly), low mood, stomach pains, muscle and joint pains, etc..,
I thought it was “playing up”, so I would push harder to get stuff done. The more I pushed the more my body would “scream” at me, recoil, and zap my energy.
After many times of moving forwards and backwards with my health I realised all my body desired was to be loved, and to be listened to.
There’s much I could go into about developing one’s Mind Body Connection and loving one’s body, but that will make this an extra long post.
So, for now, I encourage you to pay attention to the sensations or uncomfortable “pains” you feel in your body and not only your body, your mind too.
Note them down.
Tune in. What is your body saying?
What are the “signs” or “symptoms” connected to?
Are they subtle or noticeably “loud”?
Does it require more love?
Tune in. What is your body saying?