Musings: Do you feel connected to your body?
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” Wayne Dyer
One of the great joys of blogging is that we make connections with other bloggers and visitors and learn news things; a comment, a blog post, an insight and voila! new vistas open for us. I followed a comment made by blogger creatingreciprocity and found a wonderful post on her blog; Joy Gives Us Wings. She had an uplifting video that led me to SoulPancake.com which is a funny and smart site that offers pithy questions for us to answer. I will cover a few over the next several days. Check out the site.
Now to the question. Yes, I am fully aware of my body and all of its aches, pains, strengths and joys. I am connected to it both in a spiritual and human way; I know when it needs food, water and loving attention, and I treat it like a well oiled machine… sometimes it balks and sometimes it celebrates, but it is mine… a spirit in a human form. What about you? More below 😉
Perhaps, because I’ve been an athlete and a dancer, I am keenly aware of my body and of its limitations. At different points in my life, for instance due to injury or surgery, I have had to make enormous adjustments to accommodate the changing needs of my body. Yet, I am aware that some of us have other issues around our bodies. For example, people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or body dysmorphic disorder have a different perception about their bodies and while they might imagine it as unattractive or inadequate, they put their bodies through tremendous challenges and denials believing they are making it better. Some might argue that it is a form of disconnection to the body and its needs. What do you think? More below. 😉
“The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends” Anon
Recently, I started a fairly rigorous exercise regimen, upped the ante as some would say, and I feel every bit of that power walk, spinning class, zumba dance, and that gyrokinesis session. I do it to stay healthy and I love exercise, yet I had a good chuckle about the quote above because it is so true… In my 20s, I didn’t even think about my weight and everything worked in a rational way. The force of gravity kicked in as time went by and, as many of us know, it takes more work now for the same results. However, as the quote rightly suggests, as we age, we also make peace with much of the physical changes; we fight some, we treat some, and we ignore other shifts in our bodies…
What becomes important is self care, well being, and maintaining a healthy bone structure. I wish all women would see that as the goal for their bodies; especially our young women who abuse their bodies for all sorts of reasons. Feeling connected to our bodies isn’t enough, we must respect it too. Do you feel connected, in a healthy way, to yours? What are your thoughts? How do you see your body? Have you thought about what it feels like to be in another person’s body? Do you like your body? What do you do to keep it sacred? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from SoulPancake: Do you feel connected to your body?
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Positive Motivation Tip: Honor and love the body you have and treat it as sacred… it is the only one carrying you through this lifetime.
- What I’m Diggin’ (soulpancake.com) (creativeaddictionblog.com)
- Soul pancake (justwritewhite.wordpress.com)
- Why can’t I like my body? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Fitness is Not a Number (chaoticmusing.wordpress.com)
- Musings: Play Like No One Is Watching… (eof737.wordpress.com)