Do you believe that?!? I mean - really and truly believe that?
As women, we are taught to distrust our bodies from a young age.
Ignore your hunger cues. Control yourself.
Hide your sexual desire. That’s not ladylike.
Cover up your emotions. Don’t let them think you’re weak.
Our body’s signals have been masked and manipulated. Shamed and blamed. Judged and condemned. Silenced and covered up. In every way, shape and form, they have been made wrong.
Because of this, so many women that I meet with are completely disconnected from their bodies. Women aren’t living in their bodies anymore; they’re living in their heads. Women don’t trust their bodies anymore. They’re afraid of their appetite, their desires, their feelings. They are afraid to acknowledge themselves, nevermind express themselves.
In many cases, we have blamed our bodies for our plight...for all of the not-so-great things that have happened in our lives. We try to control them, shapeshift them, medicate them. But, let’s be honest - our bodies are just the scapegoat. They’re the distraction that’s keeping us from looking at what’s really going on in our lives.
As a culture, we need to start inhabiting our bodies again. We need to re-establish trust with our bodies. We need to restore reverence to our bodies.
And, as part of that process, we need to start listening to our body again. Our body speaks in symptoms. Are you listening?
If you can’t get up in the morning, what is your body trying to tell you? Are you completely drained by a job you hate?
If you have acid reflux every time you eat out with a certain friend, what is your body trying to tell you? Are you in a relationship that isn’t sitting right with you?
If you have migraines every time you walk into your apartment, what is your body trying to tell you? Are you in a home setting that doesn’t work for you?
If you tuned in rather than tuned out, what would you learn? What would be revealed? What would come to the surface? And...maybe even the scarier part - if you listened to what your body was telling you, what changes might you need to make? At work? At home? Out in the world?
So, I ask you: What is your body trying to tell you? Will you listen?