11 Ways to Honor Your Body.

How will you honor your body today?

This world is full of amazing experiences, things to do, mountains to climb, people to meet and delicious foods to eat. But of all the things to do on this planet, just about all of them require the use of your body. Since we only get one body, it makes sense to be nice to it. If you’re abusive, hateful or unkind to your body, it will hinder your journey – or perhaps even worse.

It’s cliché to say that our bodies are temples. Most clichés are clichés because they contain a truth so powerful that it’s been spoken again and again (until we forget what it means). Your body is a temple of flesh and bones in which a great spirit dwells; no other space is more sacred.

Through your actions, words and thoughts, honor your body. Here are 11 ideas for doing just that:

  1. Give your body gifts. Schedule time with a masseuse or give yourself a massage with some lotion or oils. Don’t be stingy. Indulge. And feel love and gratitude instead of guilt.
  2. Do a check-in. While our bodies are our constant companion, we often neglect this special relationship. Take a few minutes to scan through your body, starting with your toes and ending at the tip of your head. Using your mind, tune into each section of your body – one at a time – and experience the sensations with awareness.
  3. Nourish your body with healthy foods. Don’t defile the temple that is your body with toxic food choices. Consume the foods that your body craves – such lean meats, fruits, water, nuts, berries and vegetables. Honor your body through each meal choice you make.
  4. Write an apology to your body. We don’t always honor our bodies with the things we do, say and think – but your body is willing to forgive. Write an apology to your body and then release any shame or guilt.
  5. Refocus your energy. Imagine if you used all the energy and effort that you expend criticizing your body’s appearance into something more productive? Free up this energy and use it to move your life forward rather than to hold you back.
  6. Express gratitude. Right now, write down 10 things that your body is doing for you. Express gratitude for the blessing that is your body.
  7. Move! There are more than 600 muscles in the human body; it is made to move! Honor your body with exercise. Walk in the park, jog with a friend, take a hike, download a yoga DVD or join a gym.
  8. Shift negative self-talk. Negativity begets more negativity, and it often expresses itself in unhealthy behavior; thoughts become actions – and these actions shape our lives. When you find yourself engaging in negative self-talk (i.e., “I look fat today…”), simply become aware of the commentary and then shift it. Focus, instead, on something else – such as an inspiring quote or mantra. Breathe energy into what you want, rather than what you don’t.
  9. Build supportive relationships. Make the conscious choice to surround yourself with people that support you, your efforts and your body. If people in your criticize your body or the way you look, redefine that friendship or relationship.
  10. Morning thanks. When you wake up, thank your body for all that it does and all that it will do. This positive energy will infuse your day with vitality.
  11. Evening thanks. When you go to bed, thank your body for all that it does and has done. Let this positive energy carry your body to sleep as it revitalizes and rejuvenates for another day.

How will you honor your body today? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. 12. Thank Davey for making this awesome article. ^_^

  2. Alvaro F Vieyra says:

    I will honor my body by having oatmeal instead of a fried egg quesadilla with nopales… 🙁 nooooo 🙂 Good perspective Davey(thanks), but I have a Latina mother….

  3. With so many to-do’s I am starting to believe my body looks likely a martian room in DooM3 than Sistine Chapel’s ceiling frescoes. Sorry Davey, but I have no time to spend with go to gym, reading books and papers, helping my parents with home tasks, doing my night prayers, reading emails, cheching facebook, twitter and windows live messenger. I have no time to do mostly things you wrote above. Sad but true!

  4. christopher says:

    right now-i hope im doing things right-ive lost over 60lbs/27kg-im 56yrs old-i walk dogs today over 1.5 miles per day-sometimes twice-i go to the workout club-Cardinalfitness.com in Illinois once per day-i doing the threadmill-30 minutes per session-3.3-3.5-4.0 mph-and thats pretty much per day.ive lost over four pounds-in the past week.that 3.3-3.5-4.0 mph @30 minutes.ive cut out fast food-mostly sushi for lunch-banana/orange for breakfast-plus organic granola-tonight im doing Chinese Broccoli-no absolutely no salt whatsoever.yesterday when i came home i did 30 pushups/30situps-then 30pushups/30situps.i did have a couple steak tacos-and chicken/steak taco salads.i did vegetarian for almost 2.5 weeks.it seemed i needed the protein.—-today-i felt kind of weak-i walked two dogs-cut the lawn in an industrial park near Chicago-i had lots of energy.then driving home-i got somewhat weak and disoriented-called my parents-they tell me im overdoing it.well am i?maybe just maybe im not eating enuf?ive cut out beer/pasta/pizza-when i drink-i only do wine-2 glasses-im done after work-blogbuddies tell if im doing anything wrong-maybe i need to see a doctor/personal trainer.thank you so so much.p.s.i smoke-and quitting the habit right now.ive been on a roll.my Father claims im cruising for a stroke/heart attack.i will point out that as i type this blog entry-im doing the Chinese Broccoli-im feeling better.—-any answers?

  5. Chaostheoryman says:

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder. I do not do this nearly enough. I am so grateful for my body and its wisdom.

  6. Hi Dave,

    What a beautiful blog post! Just wanted to say thanks for writing this. I used to weigh 300 pounds and now guide people to losing weight myself, but was really touched by this post. Such valuable info to share! Blessings to you!

    Gina

  7. Thanks a bunch for writing this. I think I need to work on showing my body the love it deserves.