Last year I floated in a sensory deprivation tank. If you've never experienced it before, you step into a small tank filled with skin temperature water, and everything is pitch black. When you open your eyes it’s the same as keeping them closed. You float in 800 pounds of epsom salt, and because of the temperature of the water you’re able to experience what it feels like to not feel your body.
It’s like having no body, but you're still there.
Our culture has a strange relationship with bodies. We are either obsessed with them or we reject them completely. We treat them like machines. We manipulate our bodies to do what we want them to. We run them down. We push them to exhaustion. We judge them. We get angry with them. We hate on them. We feed them chemicals and sugar. We deny them rest, nourishment, and most importantly: a voice.
Your body is always communicating with you.
The problem is that we don't listen until it's screaming. Suddenly we aren't able to get out of bed or we're diagnosed with disease. Our bodies have been telling us something is wrong all along, but we haven't been listening.
As Marianne Williamson says in her book A Return to Love, “It is not the body but the mind that is in need of healing, and the only healing is a return to love.”
The Change Your Life Challenge this week is about connecting to the pain in your body through the thoughts that appear as you gaze at yourself. We are feeling into the pain we've been storing in our bodies and giving ourselves love. This is the first step to healing our relationship to our bodies.
Your body is not just a robotic mechanism that your mind gets to operate. It is a living, breathing, changing organism. It responds to your thoughts and feelings. It is wise and deserves respect.
My body deserves love and respect.
Continue to give your body love.