Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Learning to See
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see." Henry David Thoreau
"The faith you might think you're lacking is functioning perfectly in your own body. Yes, your own body – the body you might belittle, battle and even mildly detest – your belly, your butt, your wrinkles, your gray! Your body is the body of wisdom. While we are busy rejecting and undermining ourselves, our bodies perform marvelous and supernatural feats twenty-four hours a day.
Don't believe me? Scratch your nose. Feel your heart beat. Inhale and then exhale. Let your pancreas excrete, your blood flow. Allow the spleen to do whatever the spleen does. Wave your hand; wiggle your toes. Lift your foot and stomp the earth.
Our bodies are inconceivably intelligent and miraculously reliable. Our bodies are the gateway to the limitless power and potential that we already are."
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Wow. I just stumbled upon these words written by Karen Maezen Miller from a piece of writing she wrote entitled Body of Wisdom. If you want to read more go here. She conveys so eloquently what I have been feeling about the body lately. My body. That it's a marvel, a miracle, that's it's "inconceivably intelligent." No matter how much I've abused and misused my body over the years, no matter how much I've put it down, taken it for granted or wished it different (smaller, taller, more toned, less flabby, etc...) it has continued to beat and see and taste and walk and talk and think and digest and breathe and perform countless other amazing functions I can't even name. It's mind-blowing when you really start to tune in to this marvel of a thing you walk around in every moment of every day.
Today is day 14 of Learning to Love this Body of Mine. For 14 days I've been tuning in and asking my body what it wants/needs/prefers. Before I get out of bed each day I thank it for all the moment-to-moment miracles it performs. Before I eat and while I eat I tune in to how my body feels and listen to what it's telling me. I've been running. I've been doing yoga. I've been drinking a ton of water and smoothies and tea, eating lots of fresh salads. I've been eating small portions because I'm noticing how much better I feel when I eat lightly. I stopped drinking coffee, not because I thought I should, but because I had a nudge to.
I even looked in the mirror the other day (sans clothes) and had a genuine, love-filled exchange. Truthfully, over the last two years or so, since I've gained many pounds, I've been cringing a little when I look in the mirror. So this loving exchange felt big and new.
I'm learning that when I tune in to this body of mine that it offers infinite wisdom and that it's not what I'm looking at that matters, but what I see.
I look forward to much more seeing over the next several weeks. And to sharing it all with you. And if you're along on this ride with me, please feel free to share in the comment section-it's so much better with company.