Show your BFF some love!
Next month I’ll be spending some time with a few ladies with whom I have been fortunate to develop a deep friendship.
They are caring, compassionate, and supportive. They treat me with respect and appreciation. They encourage me. They are curious about my needs and my dreams, and they talk to me in gentle, tender voices.
As I reflect on our friendship and what these ladies mean to me, I can’t help but wonder.
What would it be like if we always treated our body
like it was our best friend – our BFF?
I mean, when you think about it, our body is with us from the day we are born until the day we die.
It allows us to experience the world – the pleasure and pain, the fun and the challenge, the joy and wonder, all of it.
But many of us are at war with our body. We put it down. We tell it how much we don’t like it. We focus on all its flaws (and we are the ones who decide what counts as a flaw). We talk to it in ways that we would not talk to another human being. We try to control and manipulate it. We ignore its needs. We don’t trust it. We take it for granted.
And we ignore its wisdom.
That’s right. Whatever your relationship is with your body, remember that it contains great wisdom.
You can access this wisdom, if you take the time to listen to it, and if you learn to trust it.
And when you do, oh boy …
Maybe you’re thinking – I’ve tried listening to my body but I don’t hear anything. Or you don’t know how to interpret its signals.
I get it. I was like that too.
I spent most of my life, before I achieved Food Freedom, ignoring my body. I was completely out of touch with my hunger and fullness. I had no clue about how what I was eating was affecting my energy (or lack of). I was disconnected – from my body, and from life.
When body finally decided it had had enough, it introduced me to binge eating.
In my journey to heal myself, I learned how to reconnect with my body in a way I hadn’t experienced in a long time, but in a way that is natural, that is what we were born to experience.
Now, my body is my BFF. And I show it the love and respect it deserves.
When you’ve been at war with your body for a long time, peace doesn’t happen overnight. But it isn’t going to happen at all until you take that first step.
What step can you take to show your body, your BFF, some love?
If you want some suggestions, let’s chat.