One day someone asked me if I liked my body. I said “no.” Afterwards, I was so disappointed. I’ve been affirming for years how much I value my body but my gut reaction to the question in no way reflected my intention. Not only am I an integral part of American society with all the hang-ups presented to us through the media about the female image, I have also had quite a bit of pain, not to mention, cancer. I haven’t always felt safe in my body, especially after breast cancer. I mean I was feeling great. I wasn’t sick and then “boom” and I was now being operated on, chemoed and radiated!
Then, I was led to re-read John Sarno’s book: Healing Back Pain. There it was again, the same message. How you think about your body, your health, has a direct effect on its state. At one point in the book, Dr. Sarno says that you either believe the theory or you embrace it simply because you’re so desperate for relief. I happen to fall into the first category. I know one must be careful believing we are fully responsible for everything that happens to us. It can lead to a blame the victim mentality. But, I choose to think I am responsible for almost everything that happens to me. However, sometimes forces beyond our control overcome our best intentions. Believing that can be scary but it also takes away the blame. I read where people who think of themselves as resilient have fewer health problems. I wonder if they have fewer problems all together. After talking to my chiropractor and re-evaluating how I visualized my body, I decided it was time to change my thinking and so, I came up with the above affirmation. Oh, there’s much more to it. I tell myself I am strong, resilient, flexible, and powerful, any words that affirm this body in a positive light. When I took the time to closely examine how I could feel about my body, I realized I was only focusing on the negative and had totally neglected the positive aspects; like the fact that most of my body does not hurt, or that I have produced the miracle of three healthy children. My body is a miracle unto itself. I understand so little of how it operates but it does; most of it is in good working order, miraculously. So, I am making a very conscious effort to value my body, to believe in its ability to heal itself, to be strong and healthy. I believe it begins by loving it.