I’m borrowing this post title from author Amy B. Scher. It begins a prayer that rightly honors the body, which I have sadly ignored, misunderstood, and taken for granted these many years. Here’s the rest:
Blessed is my body and soul that carries the weightA Thank-You Prayer from Scher’s book How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can
of a million lifetimes–and remains, anyway.
I thank you for surviving each day, up until now,
And for the ones that will come after this.
I release all resentment of you.
I release all criticism.
I choose to listen to you without judgement.
I choose to let you know I love you.
I choose to allow you to simply be.
Thank you and it is done!
Reading this quote literally opened my eyes to my true lack of appreciation for the miracle that is my body. I’ve always been more in my head and/or out of my body, which has made it very easy to achieve this level of disconnect in the first place.
My body has been through a lot in this lifetime, and, like the Energy Bunny, I have just kept going. I am a doer, and doers persevere, but what I’ve left out of the equation has been the respect for the vehicle that does the doing!
And, yes, I’ve kept up my energy exercises for years, tapping points and tracing meridians, but I think that it’s become kind of rote and just something that I do versus something that I feel. And even when I’m feeling into a situation to get an answer about something, I think that it’s mostly been a one-sided conversation.
The other side is when my body talks to me. Have I brought up yet that my hands and feet can become really hot and really red – as bright as a tomato? It can happen anytime, with others or when I’m alone. My obvious guess is that it has to do with healing, but I’m clueless beyond that, which I’d like to change.
I’ve also always been very sensitive to foods and drink. My body knows what it likes and what it doesn’t pretty darn quickly. Because of this, I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in decades as one sip hits my nervous system and sends me into a tizzy. And caffeine, beyond the small amount in green tea, makes me jittery. So, in these circumstances, I have listened to my body quite successfully.
This prayer is going to help expand and deepen my understanding of my body-mind-soul relationship. I put several copies of it around the house so that I can read them at different times of the day to keep me focused. My body is finally going to get the love it deserves, and I’m excited to see where that will take me.