The Body’s Wisdom

“Today, I will try to look kindly at my body and to treat it with love and respect.”

This is one part of the Live Well Pledge in Health at Every Size by Lindo Bacon, PhD.

This pose, Ustrasana (camel pose), brings up a lot of feelings and sensations for me. It’s uncomfortable, my breathing changes because of the shape I get into, and it’s also space of deep growth. Sometimes it makes me dizzy and nauseous but I only go as far as my body says to go, mindful to be aware of the discomfort but not to the point where I’m ignoring physical and mental limits.

I value the relationship I’ve built over the years with my body. I listen to it as best as I can, slowly building trust over time. Maybe I needed this reminder today- to listen to and to trust my body’s wisdom.

What’s one way that you can love on your body, be kind to your body, and/or treat it with respect today?

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