Our bodies hold infinite wisdom. The key is to learn how to listen because we are not conditioned to view our bodies with respect and as sources of insight. We are conditioned to view them as things, something that works against us. We see imperfections in our stretch marks and burdens in our stomachaches. Our greatest ally becomes our greatest source of disconnection. Our bodies are not always happy places. They hold intense pain, isolating symptoms, and reflections of what makes us different, other, from our fellow human beings. Perceiving our bodies differently requires great strength and consistent work. It means a cessation of self-punishment and conformity - through eating what makes sense to us, not what other people tell us we should eat. It means rejecting the notion we have to hide and showing up fully in the world, scars and all. It means treating ourselves with kindness when we have that bout of nausea or the unrelenting headache. Instead, we ask, “What is my body trying to tell me?” We don’t have to embrace our discomfort with open arms, but we do have to make space for it. This is where I find myself this weekend, with inescapable fatigue, gastrointestinal upset, and waves of dizziness. My body is sharing wisdom in a more tangible way because the last few weeks I wasn’t listening. I’m listening now and while I haven’t had a conventionally productive weekend, I have had a gentle one. Gentleness is what I strive for now, not punishment, not pressure, and certainly not avoidance. I don’t know if and when the physical symptoms of my emotional discomfort will wane, but I have to have faith listening to those signs and choosing differently is part of the way forward. How are you practicing compassion with your body this weekend? For me, it looks like quiet mornings resting in bed, eating the chips, taking gentle walks through the neighborhood, and allowing myself my tears.
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