Our most intimate and enduring relationship…

…That which we have with our body.

As I sit here, foot elevated, icepack wrapped around my ankle, questioning the sanity of

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other. ~Henry David Thoreau

playing basketball with a 9 year old superstar- I contemplate the relationship we have with our body.

Many people use, abuse, and ignore this vehicle that supports our every whim and desire.  Regular exercise?  Not a priority.  Healthy eating?  When we have time.  But is this disregard serving us in the long run? 

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”  ~Buddha

Sleep deprivation keeps the mind tentative and unfocused.  Excessive caffeine and alcohol dehydrates a body that requires hydration for optimal functioning.  Stress not only impacts our mood and ability to make the best choices but it also lowers our body’s immune system and increases the chance for disease.

I recently had a coaching call with a gentleman that was discussing his intense discontent with his job.  He was stressed out and wanted to start a new business more in alignment with who he wanted to be and the life he wanted to live.  He kept putting off making the leap.  Fear, stress, time-management, money, and other explanations kept getting in his way.  He became so ill he ended up being forced to take an extended leave from his job to recuperate.  Sometimes the body takes over when the mind is too afraid to take action. 

“Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.”  ~Irene Claremont de Castillejo

Have you ever had a broken heart?  Suffered a loss?  The emotional intensity produces a pain that can be so intense it will drop you to your knees.  If you’ve ever experienced this phenomena you know with every ounce of your being that the body and mind are connected in ways we may never fully comprehend.

Respect and appreciate your body.  Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott says in her blog http://inspirationalquote.blogspot.com/2009/02/body-and-mind-relationship.htmlThe 1st rule is you will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your time here on Earth. And a lot of us take that for granted…”

Take care of your body and your body will take care of you. 

Action Step:  A simple 3 step plan to get you started is to increase your daily water intake (most people do not consume enough water to fully hydrate their bodies), exercise regularly (check with a doctor for appropriate exercise options for your body), and reduce your stress levels with focused deep breathing and bringing more joy into your life!

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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