A year ago Michelle started a little movement called Exposed. The idea behind it was to stop criticising our bodies, or ourselves for the shape our bodies are in, and start to love and appreciate them instead.
I came across the project at a time when I was suffering from a prolonged kidney infection, and was feeling more than a little frustrated about it. But the Exposed posts made me reflect on the metaphysical reason for my illness. Because I do believe that all disease in the body is a reflection of dis-ease in the mind.
I’m not going to re-hash that post. But to summarise, I had just turned 40 and though I was outwardly celebrating the fact, it seemed I had some inner resistance that I was suppressing.
Since then, anytime my body starts looking for attention, be it from a sore throat or a stiff shoulder (thankfully nothing as serious as a kidney infection has struck since ) I pay attention to what my spirit requires. I examine the patterns in my mind that are manifesting as physical aches and pains, and through intention, meditation, affirmations and self-care (like booking a massage or reiki session) I consciously take steps to improve my wellbeing at all levels. And usually the aches and pains quietly dissolve.
What hasn’t changed much in the last year, is I haven’t been doing much blogging (apart from posting my Thought for the Week, which for me doesn’t count as I’m doing that much longer than I’ve been blogging). I’ve still been caught up in loads of busy-ness and succumbing to the illusion that I don’t have time to write. And I still haven’t finished the book I started over three years ago!
So I’m grateful to Mish for the anniversary request. When I started this post I hadn’t a clue what to say, or what I even wanted to say. But instead of fretting about it I just let my fingers move across the keyboard. And that is how I’ll get back into blogging and how I’ll finish my book. By not planning my words and just letting them flow.
I wouldn’t blame you for doubting me – Ms Procrastination – but watch this space! Next week I’m going on a writing retreat - it’s called Finish (or start) your Book! How perfect! (and there’s a bit of a back story as to how I ended up going on that - I won’t get into it now, except to say it wasn’t really planned!)
And my book will be filled with tips and techniques to improve our overall happiness. By nurturing our bodies, minds and spirits. By accepting the seeming imperfection of our current realities, and knowing that it’s all happening for a reason, and it’s all happening perfectly.
By loving all of us – including our bodies in whatever state they are in!
I’m afraid there’s no pic this time – my body looks the same and I don’t have time to strip, snap and upload – I’m too busy!