- Are your lifestyle habits nurturing or hurting your body?
- Do you feel physically &/or emotionally depleted?
- Do you prioritize rest, relaxation, stillness & pleasure?
- Do you feel vibrant, healthy & radiant?
I'll never forget when one of my massage school professors instructed us to "approach each body with reverence". That sentiment really struck me at the time and has stayed with me ever since. I can't help but ask myself whether or not I treat my own body with the same level of compassion and respect as I do for my clients. Or whether I practice lifestyle habits (consistently) that support the healthy, active and adventurous life that I want. Or if I talk about my body in the same supportive way I do for my clients. Do I nurture my body and allow myself to absorb life's experiences through my senses or am I numb? Because, when it comes down to it, this physical body is the only one I've got for this lifetime.
Our culture has a tough love approach when it comes to relationships with our bodies. I think we take them for granted. We thrive on being martyrs to our hectic lifestyles where we put too much value on being busy, over-scheduled and stressed out, rather than creating a life of balance; no matter how much we claim to crave, need, or deserve it. That intensity makes our egos feel important, productive and purposeful. Meanwhile our inherent need for pleasure, rest, stillness and downtime is minimized at the expense of our physical, mental and emotional health.
And as if our lives weren't punishing enough, we bring that same attitude into our workouts. "Getting in shape" is rarely about supporting the optimal health, function and longevity of our bodies. It's about attaining the"ideal" aesthetic of the moment. So we pummel our bodies into submission because we wanna have a "bikini body". Or because "strong is the new skinny". Or because we wanna look like the latest "it girl". Somehow, we've even turned mind-body exercise systems like yoga and Pilates into competitive, go-for-the-burn fitness fads. For some reason, if it doesn't feel like torture, it's not worth the hour in the studio. And let's not forget about our relationship with food. Our eating habits seem to revolve around deprivation, overindulgence and guilt.
Eventually our misguided lifestyle habits catch up with us. Because when we don't treat our bodies with a sense of reverence they become depleted, sick, injured or suffer from chronic pain. And when our physical body suffers, our emotional and spiritual body suffers too. But hopefully, that'll be the last and final wake-up call to love our bodies and treat them with reverence.
Indie Girl Diary: writing prompt
I honor my physical body by:
Indie Girl-Talk: let's chat!
Let's set some intentions. What new lifestyle habits are you starting to honor your body?