“If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.” ~ Anne Lamott
I ran across this quote in one of my notebooks recently, and it got me thinking. Our bodies sense. They feel. That’s what they’re made for and it’s how we survive.
We can sense heat, cold, pain, pleasure, fear, and love. We feel despair and elation. We feel hunger, thirst, yearning, and grief. It’s pretty amazing to me that we, bundles of tissue embodying a divine spark, can experience such a range of sensations and feelings, and use them as guidance on what to do, what to eat, and who to spend our time with.
But things like the culture we live in, physical or emotional trauma, or pain and illness, can create disconnection and distrust of our bodies. Our guidance system gets a little haywire and our ability to navigate life becomes even more difficult.
I believe that when we learn to trust our bodies again, everything changes. Life doesn’t become easy, for sure, but maybe the way becomes clearer.
The work of my life is learning to break through these barriers to trusting my body and to share what I learn with you.
I talk to people every day who struggle with trusting or accepting their bodies. If this sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. You can connect with others who are learning to accept their bodies in my Facebook group, Make Peace with Your Body.
In the meantime, think about this:
- Your heart beats 115,000 times a day.
- Your lungs breathe 23,000 breaths a day.
- There are 37 thousand billion billion chemical reactions happening in your body at any given time. (That’s 37 with 21 zeroes after it!)
This all happens without you having to remember to do it. Your body is wise and her job is to support you.
Remember, I’m here to support you, too. 🙂 If you want to talk about it, you can schedule a complimentary, no-strings-attached phone call here.
I look forward to connecting with you soon!