How To Be Grateful For Your Body with Em Fitts
In Ayurveda, your mind plays a very important role in healing and maintaining health and wellbeing within in the body. Our mind is such a powerful tool, but we often forget to fully utilise it when focusing on healing our body. The mind and body are often seen as separate during the healing, when in reality they are both connected as one. When our body is out of balance our mind is not calm, and vice versa.
When we are sick, we tend to focus on our illness with negativity - which in many ways is totally understandable! When you feel sick, you often feel tired, grumpy, frustrated, and sore. There is nothing more annoying than when you feel like shit, someone telling you to 'think positive' (Gosh you just want to punch those people in the face!).
So yes, I hear you; being positive when you are sick is hard, but hear me out! Along with other health healing recommendations from your local health consultant, thinking positively when you are ill is a powerful tool you can use to help heal your body and mind.
It's like when you're sick on the couch and you need to build up the motivation to go outside for a walk and fresh air, because you know you will feel much better if you do. Finding that motivation can be hard to do, but the result is worth it. It's the same with positive thinking when you're healing.
So why is it so important to be positive when you're healing I hear you ask? When we are unwell and our body is in a state of dis-ease, the body's environment has become compromised. To get well again, we need to bring balance back into our body.
In the same way we can become physically too acidic, prompting us to bring ourselves back into balance with alkaline foods, our body's energy can become too negative and we need to rebalance it into a positive state. A simple way to help rebalance our body's energy is by practicing gratitude.
Gratitude is a beautiful way to help train ourselves to focus on the blessings in life. True gratitude comes from our heart space - helping to raise our energy into the frequency of love. Gratitude also helps us to create positive connections to the world around us, and ourselves (including our body). When our body falls into a state of dis-ease, we are (according to Ayurveda), also fall out of balance with the world around us. By practicing gratitude daily, not only do we help to rectify our current state of dis-ease disconnection, but it also helps to form a solid foundation of heart-centered connection to ourselves, and the world around us, for the future.
To help build this foundation, gratitude needs to become a daily habit, like brushing your teeth. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of setting aside time each day for practicing gratitude - why not attach it to an already formed habit, like brushing your teeth. Brushing our teeth is something we often do on auto-pilot, so why not during this time, focus on things that you are thankful for in your life. Gratitude doesn't have to be hard! You can be grateful for anything.
Take these morning scenarios:
Morning teeth brushing session: I am grateful for waking up this morning to this beautiful sunshine.
Evening teeth brushing session: I am grateful that the fish and chip shop included extra potato cakes in my order for free.
BAM... You have dedicated two moments today to focus your mind, and tune yourself into the frequency of gratitude. Practicing gratitude daily helps to form the habit, which is needed to build the solid foundation we desire for good health. The more we focus on our blessings, the more we are open to seeing and receiving them in our lives - including good health!
For gratitude to help heal the body, take the time to celebrate your body's blessings. Every day focus on sending love and thanks to your body. Daily affirmations are also a great way to help create a positive connection to your body.
Here are some examples of positive body affirmations you can say:
I am thankful for my __________. (hair, legs, smile, beautiful arms, and fabulous feet)
I am thankful for my good health and wellbeing.
I am thankful that by having good health, I am able to live my life the way I want to.
I am thankful for my beauty, inside and out, and I allow my good health to shine through each day in all I am and all I do.
Bringing self love into your gratitude practice will go a long way in helping to heal your body and build that solid foundation for good health and well-being; for not only your body, but in all areas of your life!