Body Kindness

Week Three/Inviting Body Awareness Into Your Life

Have you made a resolution yet about your body? 

Most people do at the start of a new year.  We have a picture of what we think our bodies should or should not look like.  We then make a decision to push our bodies in that direction.  This course of action is held for a short time and eventually fades away.  We beat ourselves up and feel defeated for not “meeting our goal.” 
 
What if this year you actually turned towards your body? 
 
Imagine making a decision to treat your body with more respect, care and appreciation. What if you gave up the belief that it works to make negative comments about your body?  Can you see that moving towards the body helps you create a relationship with the body? Our bodies are not the enemy. Each body is unique.  The shape, size and condition are all reflections of a variety of factors: genetics, age, circumstances and care.  No relationship works if one half constantly criticizes the other.  This year, I invite you to try a different resolution:

 I want a positive relationship with my body.
Anni Johnston, LMHC-S, BC-D/MT, CEDS, CYT works at Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Movement Therapist.  In addition to her therapy work, Anni offers weekly Beginner and Advanced Meditation classes at Sacred Treehouse.  She also offers book studies and special workshops throughout the year.

Week Two/Discover the Pleasures of Mindful Eating

“Whether you eat alone or with other people, eating is a time to connect with your body and nourish it, especially through regular meals.”
 
Intuitive Eating Workbook, Evelyn Tribole and & Elyse Resch

 
Eating is a sacred practice. By incorporating mindfulness and creating time and space, the daily habit of eating can be transformed into a spiritual practice. The benefits of mindful eating are numerous.  When we lovingly bring attention to when, what, and how much we eat, we are able to experience true nourishment.  Mindful eating leads to a greater enjoyment of food and a deeper connection to the universe.
 
Here are some tips for how to incorporate mindful eating into your life:

  • Dine in an uncluttered space.  Use a beautiful place setting and sit down to eat.
  • Before starting your meal, take a few cleansing breathes, intentionally bringing mindfulness to the meal or snack.
  • You may also pause to bring gratitude for the food, recognizing all of the effort required to grow and prepare the food included in your meal.
  • Take time to smell, taste, and feel each bite of food. Pause in-between bites by placing utensils or hand held food down, taking a deep breath.
  • You may note any changes in feelings or energy at the conclusion of the meal.
  • Clean your space and pause again in gratitude before moving on with your day.

Recommended Reading:

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating Workbook

Body Kindness

How to Eat