Your body is your temple, honour it!
Honour your body
The body represents our physical 3-dimensional component. The body you are in was given to you to fully express yourselves in this world and as the instrument it is, it deserves respect.
It needs to be honoured by frequent exercise, healthy eating habits and enough rest. Some kind of physical activity on a daily basis will help maintain its integrity and physiological processes in balance as well as an energetic state. The food we give the body is important for obvious health reasons but the very act of eating is also to be done consciously, knowing not only which foods to consume and their purpose but also their quality and appropriate quantities. Not in vane it is often said that we are what we eat. This also includes hydration, as sufficient intake of water is paramount.
The body requires sufficient deep uninterrupted sleep. Clearly, our hectic schedules introduce many damaging habits to our daily routines and sometimes it seems the rigours of the day-to-day tasks are not realistically compatible with a healthy lifestyle. For instance, stressors that increase our tendency to smoke, or drink or make poor food choices as a relief, lack of time to eat, to sleep, to be active or engage in leisure activities frequently. But these are often the consequence of imbalance in other parts of your being.
So, how do you find the time and the means to honour our body?
1. Love it. Love every single part of your body just as it is today. Look at yourself in the mirror and say “I love you”. Another way to love your body is to stimulate all 5 senses. For example, watch the sunset, burn incense or use aromatherapy, get a massage, take a bubble bath, taste some delicious food, listen to relaxing music or the sounds of nature. This will also help you be present in the moment.
2. Nourish it. With good foods and lots of water. Be thankful for your meal, eat slowly and enjoy every bite. While you eat, remember that the nutrients in your food will nourish the cells in your body to support the normal function and processes in the organism . Eating consciously will lean you towards nutritional meals and keep you away from unhealthy food without effort or diets. If you are going to talk during your meal, have only positive conversations and avoid news or any source of negativity. You can also start making your own green juices to boost your nutrition, as you should never underestimate the power of water, fruits and raw vegetables!
3. Move it. Life is movement. So, remain active. You don’t have to stay long hours at the gym but do dedicate time to some kind of physical activity daily. For example, you can go to the gym but you can also take a walk, go jogging, do yoga or just dance your worries away. Whichever physical activity you enjoy, do it… but do it! Think of it as leisure, as a way to let go and never as another chore in your day. If you have a rather sedentary lifestyle and have to spend most of your time sitting down, then today is the best time to make some changes and rearrange your schedule to make room for physical activity.
4. Sleep! This is just as important as eating. There’s no way around it, you just have to sleep. Many people sacrifice their sleep hours because they think that just a few hours are enough to recover and that sleeping longer is just a waste of time because there’s so much to do. Of course, your body will eventually adapt to the conditions you provide and you are still able to operate but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the optimal way. Cutting off your sleeping hours eventually affects your performance and deteriorates your health. This will sooner or later have its consequences. Sometimes for a reason or another we have to stay up late or wake up too early, therefore not sleeping enough; if that’s the case then just make sure this is an occasional thing and that you can fully recover afterwards and then continue with your healthy sleeping habits. Depending on the time you want to wake up in the morning, calculate at what time you should be going to bed at night so that you get to sleep enough (8-9 hours). It is very important to disconnect yourself from all media (tv, cellphone, computer, etc) a good half hour before sleeping and maybe read a nice book or meditate instead. These changes will help you achieve better peaceful sleep.
5. Listen carefully. Often we get sick because we ignore when our body “talks” to us. Some symptoms you may have are just signs to call your attention and let you know that something inside you is not going well. Maybe the beginning of the answer is to slow down and eat better, to drink more water, to sleep more or simply to be more active. You may think this is the ultimate call back for some “me” time… and yes, maybe it is. Maybe your body is quietly asking you to rest more, to stop eating certain foods, to relax, to avoid certain people or situations, to get more in touch with nature, etc. Whatever it is, you will know if you pay attention and then you can take action accordingly. Remember that many diseases are the result of the accumulation of symptoms that have been ignored for a long time.
Remember, It is all about exchanging negative old patterns for new uplifting ones.
Now, I invite you to commit to yourself and put into practice one or more of these practical tips for at least one next week starting today.
Apply any of these practical tips in your life and let me know in the comments below how you felt.
Also, I would like to know:
– Do you ever feel that you’re not treating your body well?
– How do you honour your temple? What do you do to take care of your body?