I Give My Body Permission
Saturday, January 14, 2012
A wonderful massage therapist shared an affirmation with me recently which really resonated:
"I give my body permission to return to its original state of health and beauty."
Let that sink in for a second. Then expand on it.
I give my body permission to release the extra weight it has been carrying. I thank my body for serving me so well throughout my life and in the years to come. I thank and bless my feet and legs for carrying me so many miles on many paths. I appreciate my hands, arms and back for carrying many heavy loads, and for the work they have done. I thank my knees for holding up even though I ignored their cries of protest. I welcome and celebrate the new strength in my muscles, the glow of my skin and the increased efficiency of my heart and lungs. I am experiencing complete healing and restoration in my body and my being. I welcome, celebrate and nurture the state of harmony and wellness in my body, mind and spirit.
Reading this back to myself, I realize it's all a little over the top, but I just can't help myself. I am amazed at the transformation that my body has undergone in the past 6 months and I am very, very grateful that I get to reside in this remarkable vessel. That my body forgives me and repairs itself and even becomes stronger is nothing short of miraculous to me. I will never have a body that is perfect by society's standards, and there are still more ways I would like to see it change (aside from defying gravity and reversing years of sun damage). But I think for the first time in my life I am experience something akin to love for this body I am walking around in.
So why am I sharing this? No matter where you are on your journey back to wellness, I want you to be encouraged that it is possible and will happen. I encourage you to acknowledge how much your body has done for you and how it has changed and adapted to meet your needs over the years. The human body is resilient and responsive. Know that change can occur in your body, when it occurs in your mind and spirit also. Be confident in your body's ability to change and adapt. Give your body permission to return to its original state of health and beauty. Take a moment to ponder where your body has taken you and what it has done for you. Celebrate the transformation which has occurred and continues to occur in your body and in your mind and in your spirit. Be in awe.