This morning I had an epiphany. I was in my yoga class, moving gently from one position to another, listening to the teacher and imbibing the gentle music, my movements flowing. A thought entered my head, 'I love this. I love what my body is doing. I love my body.' I hadn't had that thought for a long time.
I've been reading books, having conversations, meditating and in the background has been a dissatisfaction with my body. Why you may ask? I didn't like where my body went during and after chemotherapy nearly 3 years ago. It took a long time to heal. I developed mild lymphodaema in my left arm resulting in sleeves, drainage massage and taking a supplement over the last 2 years. My libido disappeared. I felt I had lost the me I knew.
Ever had that feeling or thought? 'Where did the vital, energised, passionate me go?' I've had it a few times in recent years.
This morning I got that 'I love my body, just how it is.' It's a fabulous body, because it's mine and it looks after me every day. It enables me to do any exercise I want. It gives me the space to meditate every morning. It loves the healthy food I feed it and, if I indulge in eating something unhealthy, it tolerates it, but tells me to keep such indulgences to a minimum. It loves me when I look after it. So what was I doing not loving it?
What are you doing to love your body? Are you nourishing it with exercise? Are you feeding it with delicious fresh, natural, organic foods? Are you easing your mind when it starts to race, giving it a brief holiday to connect with what's important to you?
I get my epiphanies when I take time out of my day, whether it be momentary, taking time to breathe deeply, stop, listen, get present. Or for a little longer with a walk - without my phone or music - listening to nature, or with a 10-minute meditation or easing myself through a yoga class.
I get clarity in my time out - ideas, how to solve problems, what conversations I want to have with people. I love it. My body gives me all of this when I allow it to. As of today I have taken on loving my body moment by moment.
Are you loving your body? Are you interested in learning to love your body more and to get all the answers you need from it and your intuition?
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Jill Keyte is passionate about health, vitality and making a difference to people who want a natural, quality life where they are well, fit, energised and feel vital. My knowledge comes from my wellness training and and life experience.