Listen to Your Body

Hey there you gorgeous souls! So, for this post, I want to share my latest meditation breakthrough.

I like to check in with my body and see if there is anything I’m overlooking in my day-to-day life. Yoga is a wonderful tool because different postures reveal different things. Last week, gorilla pose was a breeze and today I really had to focus on my breath to relieve the tension. My hips felt awesome though. My right ankle that suffers from painful tendonitis from time to time was slightly sore, but after some yogi playtime, I found a new way to stretch it! Score!

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Anyway, after my practice, I meditated. I tried to do a mental body scan, but it was so hard for some reason. I felt myself becoming frustrated that I couldn’t connect to my body, but I shut it down.

 

That’s when it hit me.

I’ve been with this body for 25 years and what exactly do I know about it? I’m not talking about all of the miles it’s ran or how much weight it’s lifted, which is beyond incredible by the way. I’m talking about the things that mostly go unnoticed. Here’s what I found out:

  • My body has not failed me, not even when I had serious health issues. If anything, it was me who failed my body. I was the one who didn’t nourish it, who didn’t exercise it, who took it for granted.
  • My body is a healing machine. When I drink too much, my body cycles out the toxins and alcohol. My body has mended every single broken bone I’ve ever had. My body also heals me in my sleep. It repairs and takes care of all the maintenance of my organs and tissues. It’s remarkable.
  • If I’m lazy and try to skip the gym, it lets me know that it’s craving sweat. This one really made me smile. My body truly desires sweat. Just thinking about it makes me excited. It loves a physical challenge. It usually performs quite well, actually! You know who doesn’t? My brain. My brain is the one who is cradled comfortably in my skull and if it’s allowed to think about it too much, it’s all, “Oh no, we shouldn’t do that. It seems hard, let’s just sit on this couch and chill.” But when I just get going for a few minutes, my body overpowers those thoughts.

I’m 25 and I know these 3 things.

It’s a start and at least now I’ve got the conversation going, so I’m excited to see what else I’ll find out. During meditation, I made a promise that I was going to take better care of my body. Always room for improvement, right? This is my beautiful body and I need to take care of it the way it takes care of me.

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And I just want to throw this out here real quick. If you are sick, like with cancer or another serious illness, and it is your body’s fault, try to find peace in knowing that you make mistakes too and your body is doing the best it can with whatever it’s going through. miracle

 

Don’t you forget that. I hope I’ve encouraged some of you to listen to your body, get to know it, and of course, take care of it.

 

Much love,

Alicia