Respect your body; it’s the one thing you have that cannot be replaced if you break it.
The body is the vehicle for our spirit.
Just like you wouldn’t expect your car to run without maintenance and gas, you shouldn’t assume your body is going to function and transport you from Point A to Point B day to day without giving it some tender loving care.
It needs to be fueled with nutritious foods, regular exercise, rest and recovery. Beyond the physical foundational aspects, there’s an even greater need that our body has that isn’t addressed nearly as much as it should be.
Our body should be in sync in a positive manner with our mind.
So until we’ve mastered our thoughts, as previously discussed, our mind feeds our body a never-ending stream of self-defeating food.
It bullies our body sending signals of stress, rejection, displeasure. These emotional poisons get stored and result in disease, and all manner of physical breakdowns.
As someone who suffers from chronic pain due to a lower back – sciatic issue, I’ve definitely discovered a direct link to how I’m thinking, and feeling. I do my best to address my pain management in a variety of ways, and can say, that when my mind monster gets the best of me, it undoes all the other effort I put in other areas.
When we overuse food, drugs/alcohol, medications it is a sign that we’re out of alignment in our thinking. We’re overcompensating, and trying to reach for something to make us feel better.
When you see this happening, it’s important to remember while these things can help aid us in temporary relief, they should be used in cooperation with the foundational aspects of body care, while also addressing the mental state which contributes to how our body functions.
So, take a step back and ask yourself:
What am I saying to my body? Am I berating it? Or being kind?
I like to see my body as it’s own consciousness, and although I occupy it, it is a partner with my spirit, it is not who I am and therefore should be spoken to with the same level of love I give to my family, friends, and child.
Once you get the hang of this, build in some type of reward system that gives something back to your body in a way that promotes wellness. Book a massage. Take a Qi Gong or Yoga class. Read a book in the park. Go for a swim or a hike. Find ways to reward yourself for treating your body with the love and respect it deserves.
Want some incredible proof of the effect your emotions have on your body? Check out the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto. Since our body is made of 60% water, he did this experiment using water and a microscope to capture the effects our thoughts, and therefore emotions, have on our bodies.
Establish a list of things you can do each day in your routine to address the health of your body in these following categories. Everyone’s list will look very different. Keep it simple and follow through and see how it effects how you feel in your daily routine.