I took my sacred bath this morning and took a moment to thank my body for all that it does for me and all it’s been through.
I’m passionate about my work—my writing, my therapy, coaching etcetera and being a mom and wife. I’m often running around and in my head and I realized that I’ve ignored my body for a while. I didn’t even look in a mirror, other than to quickly put on some makeup.
I gained 60 pounds with each of my kids and being 4’11” I was toppling over when pregnant with my son. Then I had two c-sections. I sat all day with back to back clients and then 90 minutes on the subway each way. Then I’d sit in my chair to write so I didn’t move around much. I rarely shopped for clothes and didn’t like to cook so I didn’t give much thought to what I’d eat, although I generally ate healthy. At least I didn’t smoke, do drugs or drink, I thought. ‘You are welcome body!’ But I didn’t take much time for self-care, movement or cooking really delicious healthy meals to celebrate my body. I wasn’t drinking water or sleeping a full 8 hours.
Then I got breast cancer and my body went through 8 chemotherapies, 33 radiations, lost its hair, toenails, eyelashes and eyebrows. Still I pushed through working and writing. My Spirit became even stronger but my body pushed on. Honestly, I think I still gave more attention to my Spiritual connection to give me power than addressing my body.
But today I just wanted to stop and shift this to thank my body for all it went through on my behalf. Today I’ve lost 11.8 pounds of the 30 pounds I’d like to lose to get down to a healthy weight of 115. So, it feels good to be half-way there. This is cause for celebration because my body won’t have to cart around extra baggage. I’ve also been regularly drinking at least 70 ounces of water each day and taking daily sacred baths to relax. I’m eating clean healthy food but I still need to work on 8 hours of sleep (with my husband’s snoring!)
But today I wanted to flood my body with love and gratitude for all it does for me. Sometimes I compare it to other bodies or put it down for not losing weight fast enough or for being tired. But my body has been my vessel and champion and without it I would not be here! So, today that is cause to celebrate!
If you want to take a sacred bath to appreciate your body, there are a few in my new book which offers the appropriate mix of essential oils and meditations. Don’t forget to journal about any insights you receive after!
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