The more I delve into the amazing physical form we live in - I never cease to be amazed by its complexity; from its physical form to it as an emotional body to a spiritual entity - and yet there’s beauty in its simplicity.
I have been teaching movement of various forms for over 13 years - seen a fair few different bodies move, move in different ways, with different abilities and awarenesses and enjoyment of movement. At the end of those hours, the conclusion I’ve come to is that we are all made of the same physical stuff but we’re put together differently.
Different based on the way we grew up, our history not only of movement and exercise, but also our emotional life and beliefs and how we see our body and ourselves.
If we stop and appreciate these differences, it is possible to accept others as they are, their abilities and their gifts; as well as accept our own.
As a person who has put her body through some intense endurance training for IronMan to a body that had had enough and slipped a disc (to slow me down?), from eating too little to bingeing, from hating my body to loving it for all it is - I understand the frustrations, the lack of self-worth and what it feels like to be disconnected from ourself. I sit and write this from a space of being kinder to myself physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Every “body” has a story that shapes them; your body's physical shape, your moving posture, how you move in general and the energy you radiate - they all add up to tell your life story.
Have a look around next time you go to a coffee shop or wander around - stop and pay attention to bodies and how people are in their physical form; first I request you say 3 good things about them - I’ve mentioned this is a previous blog, taken from Thomas Myers body reading CD. Do they look strong, balanced, friendly etc.
Then look at them deeper, are they relaxed and flexible, floppy like a rag doll, or rigid with little flow to them? Do they seem comfortable? Do they look lonely, happy, sad, loved? What might this tell you about their life to date? What story might they have lived? What beliefs might they hold? Are they joyful in their life? Did you notice if they looked more tensioned somewhere ? If so where and what might they do to create that?
By seeing bodies and then considering a person’s story, maybe it can help to stop the critical voice that says they are too fat - thin - tall - short - disproportioned - dark skinned - light skinned- all the assessments and comparisons we make about and with others …… and therefore of ourselves.
What’s your body telling the world?
What’s your story?
Love yourself, body, and all your past - it made you who you are today and creates possibilities for the future.