We live in a body-hating culture, where the impossible quest for physical perfection fuels multi-billion dollar industries and takes many of us to a place of self-loathing. Instead, try this simple, loving practice to restore our trust in the body, honoring it as the vehicle for sacred, nourishing connection.
You may walk, stand, sit, or lie down to perform this loving task.
1. Check in with your body and all the sensations you are feeling. Notice warmth, coolness, tingling, numbness, comfort, discomfort, and any other sensations. Let yourself enjoy the symphony of sensation. Journey to your magnificent organ systems. Just be with your body the way a loving parent would be with a child. Sense the wonder of yourself.
2. If there is distress or pain, see if you can soften around it. Invite your heart to hold and embrace your body with love. If you have a symptom in a part of your body or feel judgmental or rejecting toward it, try to think about what it does. For example, if your feet hurt, focus on the conscious realization that the feet walk. They move you forward in life. Perhaps your feet need to be honored for all that they do for you every day. Maybe they need to be nurtured and loved.
3. Dialogue with your body. Do what feels right for you to balance your body. Really talk to it, and listen when it talks to you. Feel your body fully embraced by the compassion in your heart. See it glowing in the light of love. Try to do this task at least once every day.
Adapted from The Chakras in Shamanic Practice, by Susan J. Wright (Inner Traditions, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Susan J. Wright. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Chakras in Shamanic Practice, by Susan J. Wright (Inner Traditions, 2007).