…or a little child, what would you say to her or him? Would you talk to a baby the same way that you talk to your body? For example, would you hold an infant in your arms and say: “My God, look at those fat, little legs, you little porker. Get a grip and lose some weight!”
My guess is no. Most of us would not address a little child in such a critical, demeaning way, but we do it to our bodies all of the time. Many people tell their bodies hurtful, damaging, and frankly, beyond-cruel things on a daily basis. Our bodies cannot possibly be expected to function properly or live healthily with this kind of treatment and nor do children. Why do we talk to the body any differently than we talk to other people? What is it about our bodies that just drives us so insane that we abuse them and demean them like we do? Why is most of our rancor, disdain, and fury reserved for our own bodies? And, why don’t more people even question this?
So, for the next, oh, REST OF YOUR LIFE, imagine that your body is a precious, sweet, impressionable, and tender little baby that relies on you for everything; it is your job to help this little one grow, express, and thrive despite the rigors of life. It is your job to see this baby into her future. How will you help her grow and trust? What can you do to ease your little one’s anxiety? Are there things that he needs and isn’t getting? Is he well fed and clothed and rested? If not, why and better yet, what can you do about it?
Our bodies listen to every single word we speak and think; they hear us and respond to our emanations instantly. The body is electrical. The mind, consciousness is electrical. Our bodies sponge up every thought, every word and then carry out our demands. We know about the mind/body connection, yet so few of us every really apply these concepts to our self image, our relationship with the body, or our behaviors. It’s time, my friends.
Treat your body with the same love, understanding, and tenderness that you would for a little baby and watch what happens. I bet things get better. I bet you will feel better. I bet that your body will be sitting there wagging his or her tail like a Labrador puppy waiting to play. And, I bet your life will improve tremendously.
Pick up the baby, love her, hold her, whisper to her, tell her how vital she is to your expansion as a human being and feel how much you appreciate the sacrifice she has made to be here with you. Love that body-baby and wait for the love to come back to you. It will.