What message are you sending to your body?

I recently had lunch with a new friend and although it was fun and entertaining, it was also a moment of truth and self-realization for her. She shared how she just recently has learned to become one with her body and accept it for its size and shape. Over the years she has been in total conflict with her physical appearance. She is a full-bodied woman who has throughout her life verbalized her frustration anddisdainfor the way she has held onto fat. Because she is big, she wears full and baggy clothes to hide her shape. She has a bubbly personality, which she has utilized to publicly laughed at her size and shape and like a comedian she often ridicules her weight and make it a joke.

Because she has been self-conscious of her size, she thought it would deflect from her distaste of her body by making jokes about it to anyone who would listen. That is until she developed cancer. With time and after years of seeking to heal herself, one day she had lunch with a physical therapist who ultimately changed her life as well as her way of thinking about herself and her body. He said: " Do you realize that your blatant negative words and thoughts about your shape, size and appearance has not gone unnoticed with your body and it has responded to you in kind by shutting down and self-destructing." Those words literally shifted her thinking, her behavior and the beliefs that she has previously held about her size and shape.

Of course she did not understand the power of her words nor did she realize that her body is a living organism that responds in kind to what she was saying and thinking. Because she was constantly ridiculing her body, her body decided that it was no longer worthy or valued and it began to deteriorate.

This is a true story and all the words that I am sharing are true. She learned a very painful lesson and I am sharing it with you because this doesn't have to be your story. If you continually put yourself down, you will eventually experience that negative behavior through health problems.

We absolutely need to show love and respect to our bodies.

We absolutely need to treat our bodies with gratitude and appreciation and we also need to listen to the message that our bodies are sending to us daily. We should be treating our bodies as though they are our best friends because in truth, they are. Each one of us is born in the image and likeness of God, our Creator. Do you actually believe that God would create anything else but perfect?

Wake up and begin to take notice of whom you are and what you are doing to tell your body that it is appreciated, loved and respected. If you are one of those people who have treated your body in a negative fashion, stop it immediately and start to make some positive changes that will allow you and your body to heal, become healthier and filled with more joy and flexibility. It is never to late to change. Take the necessary steps today and with time, you will see the benefits of your positive actions and thoughts.

Joan Marie Ambrose

Author, Creative Writer, Motivational Speaker

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Blog Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2013