With January gone, February wrapping up, and the resolution to get a beach body gone by the wayside, it can leave us feeling down on ourselves and sulking in body dissatisfaction. These feeling and thoughts are totally normal, but that doesn't make them accurate.
I would like to challenge these thoughts and feelings I call "body blues" by encouraging you to change the way you view your body. To think of your body as a temple. This might be a new concept for you, but try it on for size. Go with me in believing that your body IS a temple for you, your spirit. Instead of thinking of your body as your identity look at it as simply your container. Let go of thinking that your appearance is what makes you worthy, lovable, or any other idea of what you thought your body meant. What if the body’s purpose is just to move you through life and allow you to experience the world. Look at what a wonderful job she does at that already.
That doesn't mean we shouldn't take care of our body, it means quite the opposite! Let's take care of our temple so it doesn't get run down, unwell and uninhabitable.
Here's the best part, you metaphorically and literally get to adorn your temple anyway you want, but before we get to all that let’s get back to being in the midst of body blues.
When I've got a case of the body blues I go back to the basics of body-temple care, which for me are eating nutritious foods, moving my body in a connected way, being hydrated, and giving my body rest. Basic, I know, but so often we fail to live this way especially when we are feeling less than worthy.
When you feel a case of the body blues coming on strong ask yourself:
"What can I put into my body that is going to best serve me now and in the future?''
"What movement or exercise can I do today that brings me joy?"
“Hmm what sounds good? Coconut water, hibiscus tea or a tall glass of cold water?
"Am I tired ?” maybe I’ll skip having drinks with coworkers after work and go to bed earlier.”
After you have addressed the four basics of temple upkeep you can move onto the plethora of ways to adorn your temple. This can be anything that makes you and your body feel great. It can be wearing an exquisite necklace, getting a massage, having your hair done or buying beautiful natural products to use on your skin. One of my personal favorites is taking a hot bath, I actually do this about five nights a week. Adorning your body doesn't have to be presentational or expensive it just needs to come from a place of care with the intention for treating your body well.
Have gratitude for your body-temple because without her we cannot experience all the joys the world has to offer.