Here are three ways to treat your body with care and to awaken your connection:
1. Listen to your body.
I mean really listen with your heart. If you are faced with making a choice, feel your body. Do you tense up? Or smile? Or feel at ease? So many times I fall into the unconscious trap and let my mind run the show of life. Practice being still, breathing, and taking note of what your body is trying to tell you.
2. Replace the negative with the positive.
This is the part where you develop trust. Many people (in fact, I bet every human on earth) think all sorts of not-so-nice things about their bodies, but there is a way to practice self-love and care by actually switching gears.
For example, if you say to yourself, “I can’t put on that bathing suit; my butt is too big,” the first thing to do is say (out loud), “Stop!”
Acknowledge the feeling, but say a thank you and replace the self-criticism with something gentle, loving, without judgment. This takes a lot of time, but slowly and surely your mind won’t take you to those dark places as often.
3. Take action.
Move your body by taking a walk, riding your bike, or dancing! Any way you can get out in nature and move will help you experience how magical your body is. It breathes for you, pumps blood without you knowing, just to keep you alive.
Use your five senses to take in your life—to connect to your body.
My body, my trust. If I could pick only one thing in the world to trust, my body would win. Completely.
Treat your precious body with lots of care. Listen, connect, and trust.
How will you listen and reconnect with your body better?