In this holiday season, I invite you to receive 5 gifts of your body wisdom and play with 5 ways to reciprocate, so you can feel more comfortable in your own skin and live with more ease and grace. Thank your body for all that it does for you!
5 WHYS TO THANK YOUR BODY
1. Your body is your soul’s home to live, express, and evolve.
2. You never have to put breathing on your to-do list.
3. Your body will tell you the truth of YOUR current experience; not your friend’s opinion, parent’s insistence, magazine covers, latest diet or exercise trends, warped cultural expectations, or unrealistic societal standards.
4. Your digestive system is designed to alchemize what you put in it.
5. Your body is comprised of 50 trillion cells, essentially made of the same stuff as stars and full of life force energy fueling your Life.
5 WAYS TO THANK YOUR BODY
1. Breathe fully.
Although your body breathes for you, its’ capacity is often limited by chronic stress.
TRY THIS: Exhale with an “S” sound to release the stale, suppressed air and allow an inhale to fill up your entire ribcage where your lungs live. Repeat. Often. Remember what your natural state of ease feels like.
2. Take a 1-minute pause.
TRY THIS: Set a timer on your phone or another device for 1-minute. Close your eyes or look at something pleasing, like the sky, and be. (You heard me right…just be. No doing. No thinking.)
3. Rest your eyes.
TRY THIS: Rub your hands together briskly to create some heat. Then, gently place them over your eyes. Allow your eyes to soften in the darkness.
4. Nourish consciously.
TRY THIS: When you feel like eating, ask your body if it’s hungry or it just wants something to do. (I ask my son this often – “Are you hungry or do you just want the taste of something?”) Without judgment, ask and notice. Food is an easy fix for nourishing as well as numbing. Whatever you choose, 1) remember that you are choosing and 2) you – and only you – have the power to choose what is optimal for you which may be food – or a walk, a breath, a hug, a nap, or something else.
5. Give yourself a hug.
These current circumstances are increasing an already touch-deprived existence, so we need to get creative.
TRY THIS: Wrap your arms around yourself – hey, no one is looking! – and imagine someone you love hugging you and hug them right back. This power combo of touch and imagination will make a positive chemical change. You may also enjoy my article on feeling comfortable in your skin with grounding techniques.
We are digesting a lot these days, so it is in your best interest to pace yourself. If you wish, choose 1 Way that resonates with you from the above options and give it a go. Feel free to let me know what you chose and how it impacts you! Connect with me here!
Lisa Medley, MA, CMT believes as we create more love in the body, we create more love in the world. She serves as an Embodiment Mentor and has over 20 years’ experience in the healing arts including a MA in Expressive Therapy, life and wellness coaching, therapeutic massage and bodywork, somatics, energy medicine, and conscious movement & dance. Lisa is energetically sensitive that blesses her with a strong divine connection and challenges her to stay centered in an overwhelming world. She has discovered that honoring body wisdom is the key to sustaining wellbeing and soul evolution with more ease and grace. Learn more http://www.soulisticarts.com