Ownership Of Your Health
What does it mean to take ownership of your health?
A simple answer to a big question:
It means being proactive in caring for your body. To clarify, I’m not talking about yo-yo dieting or spending countless hours on cardio equipment trying to burn off that muffin you had or fit certain dress size. I’m referring to a deep connection to the physical, emotional, spiritual needs of your body; connection NOT dictated by an outside source such as recently concocted so-called trends but your very own internal compass.
How closely do you listen to your physical self? Do you need rest, a massage? Perhaps some time alone, away from hustle and bustle of daily living? Are you holding onto too much weight that somehow you’re not ready to release just yet? Do you know how your physical body feels like when there’s an abundance of vitality in it? Do you have a point of reference to know how a flexible, strong and powerful body feels like?
We have been mistreating our physical bodies (individually and collectively -Gaia) in so many ways that it could be easily put in a category of abuse; whether done consciously or not, our bodies had been perpetrated against in more ways than one.
An Indian proverb says:
The World Is As We Are!
Isn't it true?
So if you have been mistreating your body, take a moment and ask yourself- ‘why’? Dig deep, really deep if necessary. You may find some surprising answers. Is there something more important than your health?
What does it mean for you to be healthy? Is it having plenty of energy, is it being pain free, is it wanting to be mobile for as long as possible without being a burden on loved ones? Define it!
Human body is a brilliant, self-regulating vehicle. It balances itself out, all it needs is a bit of cooperation, nurturing and caring. Everything works beautifully and smoothly when it’s in harmony/homeostasis.
The tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.
Keeping body balanced is the greatest gift you can give yourself; which means actively and diligently participating in ‘working with it’ and ‘not against it’. It’s a vehicle for Spirit, the Divine. When the body is out of balance, it’s more challenging to connect with higher power. You feel tired, sluggish, and off balance. Disharmony leads to ill health, which frequently spreads to other areas of one’s life.
The foundation of a strong, grounded physical body must be built. Respect and cherish it; it’s your only vehicle for this earthly experience. Develop bodily awareness, self-care habits and appreciation for what body does for you. And it does so, so much. Learn to appreciate and treat it as such for it is such a marvel. Wear this human form with grace and reverence, there is so much magic in it.