I have always had a love/hate relationship with myself; or better yet a love/ignore relationship with myself. I put myself, my body, my heart on the back burner. I locked my feelings away in a well armored analytical machine. I thought I had an infinite amount of time to come back to me. After all, I am stuck in this body my entire life, right?
I think Jess Ainscough of The Wellness Warrior said it best…”that dis-ease is often your body’s last-ditch attempt to get your attention.”
I have dealt with all types of ailments from tonsillitis (and getting them removed) at age 24 to my last two year journey ending in another surgery to get yet another gland removed. Recently, I have been dealing with the quick onset of spastic muscles in my legs and back and the aching of my joints which seemed to come out of nowhere (or so I believe).
I recently had a friend share with me the news they received that they had a malignant tumor. The dreaded word “Cancer” entered my world with a dear friend so close and so young. I thought this disease afflicted mainly old people. But here it was staring me in the face.
I took a look over my own journey thus far and how I treated my body. What did I feed it? How did I care for myself? When was NOW the best time to make a 100% commitment to my own health journey?
I always loved eating healthy, but sadly in my journey until recently, MONEY was a bigger concern. Money trumped my health, my passions, my life. I believed that when I had enough money then I could focus on me and giving back to the world. Sound familiar?
Eight months ago, I was blessed to follow the advice of an old coach of mine, Kaya Redford, and attended his Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certification course. It was the best decision I have made to date. My life began to change in a much bigger way the day I entered that classroom. I was able to remove limiting beliefs that set me on a path to following my dreams and my passions; that allowed me to love myself fully and completely.
This has changed my life in a way that is so hard to describe. One side effect (cause there are so many) that I never expected, was the choice I made to commit to take care of my body today above any financial cost. For those that know me, much of my sacrifices today were for tomorrow’s glory: the money and life I would have in the future.
I was the girl that “could” and would eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound or show it in any way. I rarely exercised and I am still told at 32 that I look like I’m 20. I was consistently told I was lucky, and so I believed it. I thought I had all the time in the world.
I count my blessings that I took the first step to listen to Kaya, to start to listen to my body and not continue to ignore her, and to listen and experience the start of my friends new health journey. I am so blessed and grateful.
This weekend I have embarked on a 2 day juice cleanse with fresh pressed juice from Kreations and coffee enemas to help the liver with its job to detox the body of harsh chemicals and waste.
I have seen the toll that a lack of love or attention to myself has done to my physical body. I choose to listen to her, to love her, and to honor her (body and soul) from this day forward.
Expect much more to come from this Cali girl!
How do you treat your body? How do you choose to love her? What do you do daily/weekly/monthly to rejuvenate yourself? Please share in the comments.
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With Love – Brandy