Love Your Body: Why your body is your best friend
I invite you now, just for a minute, to step away from the deafening roar of societal pressures. I invite you to softly shut the door on damning body-shaming, dietary guilt and vapid finger-pointing and encourage you, just for now, to forget all the things that you “should” be doing.
The food you should be eating, the BMI you should be obtaining, the beauty regime you should be following and the way that – despite all these external pressures – you should still be able to love your body.
I invite you, as you read this article, to lovingly turn your back on the centuries of culture and tradition that have spawned these ideals (they will be there when you return) and step with me into a deeper, simpler, more natural perception of your body.
Your body is an amazing and complex expression of nature; an unfathomable tapestry of chemical and energetic processes and reactions, stitched together over billions of years of evolution. It is a mystery so deep that, even today, medical science is baffled by many of your body’s capabilities.
Your body is a wondrous example of balance, rejuvenation and renewal; a tireless and relentless healing machine that regenerates trillions of new cells each day and wards off most infections and disease with absolute ease. Your body is an intricate and inherent part of this universe. It is, quite literally, made of stardust and contains within it all the beauty of the universe around you; the stars, the galaxies, the very Earth you live on … all of these things are a part of YOU and your body.
Put simply, your body is a magical, miraculous and exquisite masterpiece and, most remarkable of all, your body is the best friend, wisest advisor and most powerful ally you could ever imagine!
Over the last hundred years, science has provided clinical evidence that, as a wondrous creation of nature, your body is incredibly intuitive. Even when your mind is muddled with doubt, worry or over-analysing, your body is constantly reacting to the truth behind your life’s experiences.
This natural intuition comes from your interconnectedness with the universe around you – a sub-atomic connection that is both inherent and inescapable. Even when you are not aware, this universal connection resonates in your cells; it influences your subconscious reactions and affects your equilibrium. Your body reacts to intuitive information in many ways; goose bumps and shivers, rumbles or butterflies in the stomach, sudden sweating or headaches, a sense of lightness or dread, or pulling or yearning sensations.
With a little self-awareness, your body can be the single most important factor in creating greater freedom, happiness and success. It can guide you away from destructive relationships, toward greater opportunities and allow you to better understand and work with the natural flow of your life.