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Monday, July 18, 2011

Asking & Listening

"Our work is not to change what you do, but to witness what you do with enough awareness, enough curiosity, enough tenderness that the lies and old decisions upon which the compulsion is based become apparent and fall away."  Geneen Roth (from her book Women, Food and God)

Photo by SirĂ©liss

Learning to Love this Body of Mine , Day 5

As I become more consciously tuned-in to my body, as I ask it what it needs, I am hearing all kinds of answers.

This afternoon, while my little ones are at day camp, after a very full, busy last few days, I am taking some time to get quiet and listen.  I am asking my body what it needs in order to feel good, this is what it's saying:

full, deep, conscious breaths
lots of water
healthy, balanced foods
fresh air
positive thoughts/self-talk/visualizations
pauses to ask and listen before I move on to the next thing
gentle tenderness
consistently good sleep

Today is day five of Learning to Love this Body of Mine and even though there has been all kinds of crazy-busy summertime activity going on around here, I have been doing my best to consciously pause in the midst of it all to tune in and ask my body what it needs.  Before I eat, I've been asking my body what sounds good.  While eating, I've been paying attention to the sensations in my body and stopping when I feel satisfied (rather than stuffing myself 'till I can't breathe).  When I feel achy somewhere, I'm noticing and tending to.  I've been saying thank you.  I've been visualizing my body feeling/looking the way I want it to feel/look.  I've been conscious about taking deep, full breaths.

Here's a little exercise for you....

Grab a piece of paper and a pen, find a quiet spot, sit down, take a few deep, full breaths and then ask your body what it really needs. Listen closely. Then write down what you hear.  Do you think you can give your beautiful body what it needs, what it so deserves?

It feels so good to finally be listening.


  1. Oh Julia,

    So this is what happened ...

    I suddenly realized, I was unconsciously popping jelly beans into my mouth about 15 minutes after eating dinner, when I heard a forgiving voice say, “ I thought Julia told you to ask me first”

    So, I went for the water instead.

    Love ya

  2. lovely quote, photo and thoughts. thank you for sharing this experience with us.


  3. Beautiful, Julia. So where it is at, and so lovely to be reminded. I love this way. It is so loving and connected.

  4. i think my list is very similar to yours!
    today quiet & rest would be tops.
    & maybe watching butterflies.

  5. Mmmmm this is good stuff. Thank you for the reminder to take good care of this body of mine.


  6. It seems that I can never remind myself of this too many times. Pausing and truly listening is so important, but it is something that I often forget to do. Thank you for this beautiful post.
    Much love,


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♥ Julia