For years, I treated my body like it was a machine. I interpreted its signals of pain and dysfunction as something I needed to work harder to overcome – as if the intelligence of my body was somehow lesser than the intelligence of my mind.
I’d grind my body into the ground believing that if I could just work harder, go longer, and get faster then I would reach my goals. I thought that strong willpower should overrule the cravings of my physical body. I subscribed to the theory that if I’m mentally tough enough then I could transcend the physical limitations that seemed to be keeping me from reaching my goals. I was wrong.
You see, the body has a wisdom all its own. It knows things that your mind does not and it doesn’t lie to you. It communicates with you through sensations – some subtle and others not – sadly, many are ignored as we curse the weakness and shortcomings we see in ourselves. Even though we often treat them like liabilities, our poor neglected and mistreated bodies just keep carrying us through our lives as best they can while we deprive them of much needed rest and restoration in the pursuit of being “busy”.
I’ve learned that the more I embraced the wisdom of my body and held its own unique intelligence as equal to the intelligence of my mind, the more joy and freedom I found, the healthier and happier I became.
I no longer torture my body (and my soul) with grueling workouts. Instead, I move my body every single day in ways that feel good and are specifically intended to keep my body strong, fully functional and feeling fabulous.
Your body is not something you need to overcome or beat into submission.
Your body is home to your heart and soul. Stop telling yourself that you have to find a way to ignore or rise above your physical form. In the end, any path you choose to take in this life will be taken inside the one body you’ve been given. Pay attention to it, nurture it and it will take care of you for years to come.