What do you think or feel towards your own body?
Do you have a good relationship with your body?
Do you look after and nourish your body?
Are you grateful for what your body does for you?
Recently I have been doing a lot of working on gratitude. I has helped me redirect how I think about myself, life and the world around me.
Today during yoga practice with that gratitude process on my mind it popped into my head that despite everything my body does for me I am pretty mean to it.Even before looking at how I judge my body aesthetically, I work my body hard through yoga, walking, occasionally running, staying up late, not giving it enough rest and recently it has not been nourished as my food consumption has not only been poor but excessive.
And despite this it keeps going, achieving all of the above as well as all the little things I take for granted.
Do you take your body for granted?
Think about it what do our bodies do on a daily basis?
We all are more aware of important body functions such as heart, lungs, kidney, bowel, bladder liver function but are we grateful for it? Do you think about it?
The same can be said of our bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments? Perhaps not as intrinsically important as your inner workings but you can’t drink a cup of tea without needing to lift your arm and when broken down the mind to muscle movement is complex… are you grateful for that?
My thoughts during yoga this morning were that my arms will never be long enough to do certain poses. Blessed with the arms of a T-rex sometimes I find it frustrating at not achieving certain poses however instead of judging myself I turned it on its head and began to think what do my awesome T-rex arms do for me?
My arms are strong, so much stronger now than when I started yoga and as a result there are many yoga poses I can do and do well. My arms help me keep balance, they can lift, push, pull, reach. They help me play ukulele, do gardening, crafting, read a book, type, cuddle, climb, cook, eat and as I said earlier and very importantly let me drink tea! The list is endless. I am grateful for my arms.
Now that I applied my gratitude to my arms I considered this thought about the rest of my body, about all bodies. About how we treat ourselves. About how we think about ourselves. How we judge ourselves.
Big, small, short or tall, are you happy with what you have as a body?
Do you judge your body on how it looks or on what it does for you?
If you broke down what your whole body does for you on a physical level everyday and were grateful for that, do you think you would start to see your body and therefore yourself differently?
Do you think if you were grateful for your body you would start to treat it differently?
Could you hydrate it more? Nourish it more? Rest it more? Stretch it with kindness more?
what would happen if we said thing like
Hey body we just worked a 12 hr shift and you never failed me once!! Thank you
Great yoga practice, I know you were tired but I could really feel what you needed and we did it!!
Thank you for getting me up out of bed and making me my breakfast!!
What happens if we apply the same care to our bodies that we are beginning to use in our minds. Gratitude and gentle awareness
Anyway those were my morning yoga thoughts!
Do I have a conclusion to these thoughts?
Maybe, sort of and kinda… We are all (hopefully)getting better at looking after our minds with meditation and mindfulness. Yet we still very much take our physicality for granted. No matter how hard our bodies work through exercise or as a normal part of our daily lives there is very little acknowledgement, it is expected. And then we are mean, we call it names like fat or scrawny, we fill it with unhealthy food and we ignore it. Why? Our bodies never stop working for us day and night so what happens when we start saying positive things and begin loving our physical selves? What if we stop saying I will love my body WHEN……. and instead choose to love it NOW for what it can do/did do today.
Try to be grateful to your body today even if it is for the amazing muscle motion that makes you a cup of tea!