A healthy lifestyle is a commitment and it's not always the easiest one to uphold. Like any relationship, the one you have with your own body requires continual commitment to listen, understand, and support. Relationships go through periods of blissful flow where everything is fun, easy, and natural. And they also go through challenges- times of miscommunication, frustration, and disconnect. This is when the commitment part comes into play, when we hold on tight to what we love and the work begins.
We see these trends in relationship to our bodies. We go through periods of life when we listen and hear our bodies loud and clear- we eat intuitively, we're inspired to move, and we speak kind words to ourselves. Then we have days, weeks, or months disconnected from our bodies' needs. Movement becomes a chore, dietary choices separate from our bodies' needs, and our self talk grows negative and hostile. During these times, we're probably not really listening though. Imagine if you went weeks or months without a heart to heart conversation with your best friend/significant other...you lose touch, your goals misalign, you don't understand each other's needs anymore, and dis-ease grows between you. The same happens when we don't take the time to be present with our bodies, tune in to our needs, and take the action to fulfill those needs.
Our commitment to honoring our bodies is a decision we have to make every day, multiple times a day, even when it's hard. Because that's what a commitment is, and it's so worth it. It's our choice whether we meditate or scroll Instagram upon waking every morning. It's our choice to journal through tough times or to forget about our problems with wine and Netflix. It's our choice to forgo the cookie and eat what makes us feel our best. And it's our choice to treat our bodies with love and appreciation, even if we are dissatisfied with our current state.
Sometimes it's work and sometimes it's play. But if we do the legwork -- if we sit with ourselves in meditation, understand our needs and fulfill them -- we will go through life more in sync, spending more time in that state of ease and flow. When we make the right choices over the easy ones, our bodies thank us ten-fold, and we never regret it.
Dig deep and find the driving force within you, your center of determination and dedication. Sometimes the yoga/wellness sphere comes off as very whimsical, airy, all love and light -- but I'm telling you it's okay and it's good and it's natural for your relationship with your body to take some real work, hard choices, and a little gumption :)
1. How do you want to feel? Describe the space between how you feel and how you want to feel.
2. Write a letter of gratitude to your body.
3. Come up with a positive affirmation that resonates with you and your goals. Then meditate with your left hand on your heart and right hand on your belly, repeating your affirmation to yourself either aloud or in your head.