Dear Body: Apology and Oath

by Beaming with Health on November 10, 2015

photo-6Sometimes in life I have these moments of clarity. We all do, I am sure. This one came when I was in yoga the other day. I was laying on my back, my feet were in the air, and we were doing some sort of twist move. I just started thinking, wow my body has been pretty amazing to me. It heals from so many things, it withstood a decent amount of mistreatment in my younger days, it gets stronger with each yoga class and exercise I perform, and it protects me from so much. I mean, our bodies are just these incredible things and I hate to admit it, but I have taken that for granted for much of my life.

When I was a kid, I was super active. A gymnast, a swimmer, a general ball of energy. In college, I channeled this energy into partying. Yeah, not the best treatment of my body, but it was college and I was young. I could do anything to my body and it would recover, right? I drank a lot, I ate horribly, I didn’t sleep as much as I should, and I even was hard on my body emotionally. My self esteem wasn’t the best, and I put a lot of pressure on my body to change. I was generally never happy with the way my body looked (and still struggle with this sometimes now).

I always just figured I could get away with this stuff because I was young. Eventually, this all caught up with me. Digestive issues, chronic fatigue, I reached a point where my body wanted change. It was time for a wake up call. I do feel blessed that I got that wake up call early in life, when I was able to make changes.

The basic jist of this story is that I took my body for granted. I think a lot of us do. Either we push our limits or we generally hate on our bodies, striving for some sort of ideal that we feel we are not.

So back to my moment of clarity. Here I am thinking about the human body and how amazing it is. I start to get sad that I neglected it during those formidable years. How could I have done that to you, body? So, I want to apologize. Let my body know that I truly am sorry that I didn’t respect it in the ways that I should. As you know feeling sad gets you no where, so instead I write an Oath to Body to inspire my future action. Don’t get me wrong I will not be perfect, but awareness is the first step.

Oath to Body

Dear Body,

I thank you for all that you do for me.

I appreciate that you are strong, healthy, and have only my best interest in mind.

I will respect you everyday, exactly as you are.

I will care for you to the best of my abilities.

I will feed you nourishing foods as much as I can and I will do activities which allow you to move, stretch, and heal.

If you are feeling weak or sick, I will listen to you and give you the rest you need.

I will not push you past your limits.

I will listen when you give me signals that something is not right or out of balance.

I love you, you do so much for me, and I am grateful for everything you give me.

Awww, I feel like I need to give myself a hug now! Great bonding moment. What will you do to nourish your body? What does your oath look like?

 

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