Be Good to Your Body

August 9, 2012 | 11 Comments »

why it's important and how to love your bodyHave you ever met a dog that was living such a good life you wanted to be him?

Love interests have often told me they’d love to be one of my animals, because they’re treated so well.

I was thinking about that yesterday when I spoke with someone whose body I actually felt sorry for.

She was restrictive about her eating; exercising to lose weight (rather than for enjoyment or fitness). And she was judging that wonderful body of hers as not quite worthy of approval.

Who would want to be on the receiving end of that energy or attention?

It got me to wondering if I would want to be MY body.

That was an easy answer, too. My body doesn’t get near the credit she deserves! I’ve been fairly hard on her over the years.

But I’m getting better at hearing what she wants and honoring the messages she sends. Practicing not  judging her and remembering that she’s a brilliant operations manager.

So did I know anyone who is really good to their body – the way I am to my animals?

I thought of one woman who treats her body very well, but doesn’t ever eat food for fun. That would kind of suck – you know, like the kid in the neighborhood who never gets to eat candy?

Another friend does a great job of appreciating her physical self, but it’s not top of her priority list. It gets sacrificed for long hours at work and family needs.

Another woman I know inspires me about how she doesn’t require or desire her body to be any different than it is. What a breath of fresh air!

How about a super star celebrity known for her beautiful body? Surely SHE has to take such great care of her body, it only gets good energy directed at it? But what some of them go through to be the right size for certain gigs – I’ll pass.

What about an Olympic athlete? They would only do what’s healthy for their bodies! But when I think of their workouts – years devoted to becoming the physical best? That doesn’t sound like we’d be having much fun.

Is it just me, or are instances of high-vibing body love (especially among women) somewhat rare?

I’m sharing this here because deliberate creators know that we get what we vibrate and that Universe can only match what we send.

So in whatever way we may be judging, criticizing, punishing, or deeming ourselves (including our physical selves) unworthy, we’re being that energy and thus attracting more of the same.

My question to you is: what is it like to be your body?

  • Do you treat it well?
  • Speak to it with love?
  • Think kind and lovely things of it?

If this were a friend, would she still BE your friend the way you treat her? Do you neglect her, or take her for granted? Are you always wanting her to be different or better in some way?

Or do you love her unconditionally? Drench her in lots of loving thoughts and kind gestures? Do you know how important she is to you, and treat her that way?

It’s worth considering, since Universe can only be as to us as we are to ourselves. And that includes how we are to our PHYSICAL selves.

I’ll know I’ve nailed it when I’m as good to my body as I am to my animals. That is, when I’m attentive, listening, responsive, loving, enjoying, appreciating, etc.

Are you paying attention about the vibes you’re sending your body?  

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11 Responses to “ Be Good to Your Body ”

  1. Dawn says:

    “If this were a friend, would she still BE your friend the way you treat her?”

    Wow! This really hit home, Jeannette! Thank you for that one. I think I’ll be nicer to the body that has taken good care of me and allowed me to do so many fun things!

    You’re awesome!

  2. I was sitting at Leta Greene’s kitchen table last week when I heard her say that, Dawn, and it struck me just as strongly. Glad it landed in an impactful way for you too, my friend.

    Thanks for reading and for posting! 🙂

  3. Christy says:

    I love this blog post. I have a pretty good relationship with my body. I eat without judgement, I exercise for the joy of it, but sometimes I forget to add in some nutrition (like vegetables). I’ve recently started asking myself, “what’s the most loving thing I can do for my body today?” Sometimes the answer is to head out for a run, sometimes it to stay in and relax, sometimes it’s to have some ice cream, sometimes it’s a green smoothie. For me the answer is less important than asking the question and answering honestly. Lots of body love to everyone! It’s way more fun to love it, then hate on it.

  4. What a powerful question to live with, Christy! I really appreciate your example of how you use running (http://inspiredrunning.com) for the joy of it, and honor your body’s messages throughout your days.

    Very nice example! 🙂

  5. Kim falconer says:

    Fabulous topic, Jeannette. I wish you could go around to every school in the world and talk to the kids about loving their bodies and treating them like a best friend.

    My body and I are on great terms. I do a lot of work at the computer and so I workout every day, which I love. I think of my body as a fine race horse that needs to have a good gallop in the fresh air, eat fabulous food and horse around with others. My body is also connected to my spirituality and carries images of my totems and aspirations and values in life.

    I am not my body, or my mind but we do have a good time together.

    As always, your reminders to listen inspire me.

    Thank you!

  6. i didn’t know you worked out every day, Kim! What a great balance for your physical self, considering the time spent at the computer.

    LOVE the race horse analogy! I think I can use that one myself!

    mwah! 🙂

  7. JG. says:

    Would want to be MY body?
    Who would want to be on the receiving end of that energy or attention?…

  8. Lois says:

    Recently I have taken up yoga and zumba. I love how they make my body feel, so much stronger and flexible. I do those things because I enjoy them and it feels so good. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, but I don’t deny myself any particular food. If I want a donut I eat one without any guilt. I love my body and treat it well. It’s all about doing what feels good.

  9. That sounds like a good gig you and your body have going, Lois! Easy, enjoyable, authentic.

    Love it!!

  10. Christina says:

    Why is it so difficult for women to love their bodies? I wish there wasn’t so much judgement.

    I have not loved my body as I should. With a medical diagnosis basically saying “You’ll never change” I’m struggling with belief systems. Do I believe the diagnosis, which isn’t well researched or understood in the United States, or do I believe that anything is possible and answers are out there?

    I am working on accepting my body every day, eating foods that are healthy and taste good and treating myself when I want. I am exercising again and it feels good. I tell my body every day how much I appreciate it. Things are getting better.

  11. Lois says:

    Christina,

    You are on the right path doing exactly what you should for your body. By appreciating it and doing what feels good, your body will respond in kind.

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