How do you see your body? Do you look at it with judgement? Do you wish it were different? Do you compare it to other people? This is all lead by your ego, the part of your that doesn't want you to realise how powerful you are and your real reason for having a body in the first place.
If you think about it really carefully...What is your body's purpose?
We spend so much time hating on our body for not being enough yet do we stop to think about what a disservice this is really doing?
Our body is an incredible vessel that allows us to have a human experience. If we give it love, honour it and provide it with adequate nutrition and physical training we can often surprise ourselves with what we are able to achieve.
At the close of the Noosa Triathlon this weekend there was an incredible athlete competing who is completely blind. Paralympian Gerrard Gosen's comment on the race was a complaint that his guide was too scared to take him to to 100km/hr down Garmin Hill, so he really missed out on his adrenalin hit.
Here is a man who embraces life for all that it is without getting caught up in how his body may or may not compare to another's. This guy has climbed Mt Everest, competed in Dancing with the Star's and continues to achieve in everything he puts his mind to. Noose Triathlon 2017 Gerard Gosen's
Embracing our body as it is and then nurturing it towards new realms of performance is something that we can only do when we create a compassionate relationship with our body. When we fuel it rather than gorging it with junk and when we honour it rather than torturing it with hateful words. When we see our body as a powerful machine that requires real food nourishment, loving words of encouragement and quality physical activity we can take it beyond its previous comfort zone and experience so much more in our lives.
Think about the area of your body that has been lacking in self care. In discussions on body image I have heard many. My knees are too knobbly, I'm too short, I'm too tall, I don't like my nose, my butts too big, my butt's not big enough, the list goes on however what if we are to look at the function of your most disliked part of your body. How would you go without it? What is it's real function and what has this given you in your life? Can you transform the way you see your body by changing the language that you offer it on a daily basis?
For the next day notice how many times you:
If you could fuel your body with foods that nurture and train your body in a way that built strength and function. What would your goal be?
Write a list of ALL the amazing things that your body can do. You would be surprised how many you are completely disregarding. I don't see many of you verbally instructing your heart to beat to keep you alive.
I had a comment on a social media post the other day saying "I would love to be able to do that, I need to lose some weight and practice my yoga though." While the latter would be of great assistance, you can achieve movement at any weight if you are looking after your body. When you are completely IN your body you become more attuned to the bodies real needs and with the assistance of a cleanse program such as the one you are on, you begin to really listen to what it is asking your for as the noise of bad food, constant snacking and emotional eating have been removed. All you are left with is your naked self.
What would happen if you realised that you are okay right now as you are and that every moment you have an opportunity to look after this beautiful vessel that allows you to experience life.
Live in the Sunshine, swim the sea and drink the wild air.
- Ralph Emerson