Small reminders to give your body some love. It does a lot for us and we should appreciate it on a daily basis.
A few simple reasons to love your body…
It miraculously heals itself without your prompting.
It helps us smell wonderful things like cinnamon, coffee, and freshly baked peanut butter cookies.
It allows you to squeeze the hand of friend in need and gently hold the hand of a lover.
It knows how to keep you cool in the summer and how to conserve energy and heat in the winter.
It tells you when it’s time to eat and when it’s time to stop.
It allows you to feel the satisfaction and release of a big sneeze.
It lets you feel the warmth of a hot drink sliding down your throat.
It keeps you upright, it keeps you moving forward, it (literally) keeps your head on straight.
It pushes you to feel the burn of a deep squat and the rush of relief when you release it.
It lets you feel weightless while swimming and steadies you while walking on sand.
It quickens your breath while running and speeds your heart during a moment of excitement.
It allows you to feel emotion, it lets you empathize, and it makes your blood rush to your head in fits of anger.
It alerts you when you’re hurt by allowing you to feel pain and it can amazingly bounce back after being sick.
It gives you a voice to be heard and ears to listen.
It fills you with energy when you’re gas tank is on E and keeps you going far past the point it should be pushed.
It gives you the capacity to love, to feel passion, and to want more for yourself and others.
It allows you to bend, twist, stretch, and grow.
It gives you space to be in the world and reasons to take up more of it.
It lets you experience the crunch of a freshly picked apple and the softness of a still-warm piece of bread from the oven.
It allows you to produce life.
It gives your thoughts a home and your mind a place to explore.
It keeps you ALIVE.
And it’s the only one you have.
In fact, it’s the most important thing you’ll ever own.
Body love doesn’t happen in an instance or overnight. And maybe “body love” shouldn’t be the goal. It’s a lifelong, back and forth struggle between your head and your heart….but it’s POSSIBLE to at least appreciate and acknowledge your body for all it does for you. Honor and respect your body as you would a friend. Treat it with kindness, gentleness, and grace. Value it beyond its physicality and strive to nourish its spirit and soul.
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