Letter to My Body

Dear Body,

We have had 33 years together so far and I really just want to take the time to appreciate and thank you for everything you have done for me… despite my frustration with you in those times where you are not ‘complying’ with my wishes. I am really beginning to understand that you are helping me, getting my attention to let me know that the way I am living isn’t our natural way.

You have constantly communicated to me when things are not going so well and need to be looked at and have equally told me when I am on the right track. I must apologise for all the times I don’t listen to you when you are trying to get my attention: this must be hard work so I appreciate your patience and unwavering support.

We both know full well that when I was a child I was awesome at listening to you – it came out so naturally. I reaped the rewards of living this way as I had so much fun in you dear body and felt so much joy, playfulness and silliness; I loved my family and close friends and I loved to explore in the paddocks and bushes, make huts in the trees, connect to the animals, dress-ups, play with my brother and sisters and race around on my bike. Life was simple. Good times.

But as you may remember, as the years passed things started to get a bit intense and it began to feel not as easy to be with you. I got caught up in the emotions and the unease of life and felt unable to hold you steady through all of this. But I mean, let us be honest, no one is perfect and I did what I felt I could at the time.

I can remember things started to go a little pear-shaped around 8 years old when I got caught up in trying to be perfect. Perfection I have since learnt is extremely destructive and takes you down a slippery and very unpleasant path. But as much as I allowed it to consume me at times, it didn’t consume you.

So as the years went on with all these outside forces of life presenting themselves daily and my perception of them, – thinking what I had to do, who I had to be, the ‘good girl’ mentality, the pressures of society’s ways, – the discontentment I felt within me and those around me really started to take its toll. I wasn’t able to stay steady in high school as well as I had hoped and it was a struggle throughout much of my teenage years, as you dear body are well aware. You always let me know with that underlying sense that something wasn’t right. Thank you, dear body, for if it wasn’t for this I may have never questioned things.

That underlying depression and anxiety I felt as a teenager and when becoming a Mum, that was you wasn’t it? Letting me know that there is more to life and that too often I was giving up on my Joy. The way I was living was not working all the time and you made it clear many times throughout my life with many messages physically.

I am sure you can remember these particular bodily signs, messages and feeling of unease well:

  • Those constant cold sores you kept giving me as a teenager? I mean come on, that wasn’t fun but I get it, it was you communicating that I was in a constant state of being run down and that I needed to look after myself.
  • The short time I dabbled with an eating disorder and I got so thin and our skin lost its glow. The unhealthy looking body was your way of screaming out – Look! This is not ok. My mind was telling me one thing but you dear body were clearly telling and showing me the truth.
  • The years of digestive issues, as painful and uncomfortable as they were at times, was your way of letting me know the food I was eating was not supporting us and was making us sick.
  • Being sick and exhausted the next day after drinking alcohol. How could I forget the time you put blood in my urine? Thanks for that very loud and clear message of drinking far too much than my body at 17 years old could take.
  • I especially appreciate how clear you were when I was with the wrong men. Trust me, I heard you loud and clear despite my mind’s need for attention and affection trying to convince me otherwise.
  • The white spots you have put on my nails to let me know I am lacking and not absorbing zinc very well. Nice work!
  • My ‘Perfection Ideals’ when becoming a Mother. The anxiety this created made a ripple effect down into you dear body, and I could literally feel this tension running down my arms and inside my chest, almost in my heart. Thank you for this feeling as it was this that kept telling me that this type of tension is not healthy and that it doesn’t need to be this way.

I now know dear body it was purely you communicating to me that I needed to change my ways and connect back to you; to get out of my head with all its chit chat and nonsense. I understand now that by truly listening to you, we are a team for an amazing life together.

And my gosh how exquisite and right it feels when we are connected, at ease and completely filled with my true self –– sounds corny but it’s true. My favourite way to connect more with you is being present with our movements, as I am now, feeling how lovely our fingers feel typing this. And I really notice the difference, how we feel better when we have taken the time to care for us, whether it be healthy delicious food, the Gentle Breath Meditation™, early to bed and early to rise; it feels awesome as it allows a more connected and purposeful intention going into our day. I have also been noticing how I feel more me, open and confident when wearing and choosing clothes that we feel great in and not clothes that have just been thrown on you in the morning.

So, my dear and truly amazing body, I trust you can feel my absolute love, respect and appreciation I have for you – though I am sorry I may not always show it and live it, you know I’m working on it.

Here’s to the rest of our lives with our Mind and Body working as one, in union with each other. Here’s to our life learning more from you and understanding; your unique way, illness or accidents or whatever unfolds before us, they are simply messages that I can choose to listen to and not regard as an inconvenience. Here’s to our life embodying you as MY body with a forever deepening care of self-love and accepting every part of you, for all that you are, just as you are, warts and all!

And most importantly, just simply knowing and claiming the absolutely amazing team that we are.

With Lots and lots of love

Me Xoxoxoxo

By Anonymous

Related Reading:
The Body’s Intelligence
Dear Me: A Letter to My Relationship with Me
What Does My Body Know?

433 thoughts on “Letter to My Body

  1. Lovingly befriending our body is the best connection we can form and continually deepen on our journey through life.

    1. I echo your words Elizabeth – our bodies are our best ever friends and there is so much to explore and deepen in this relationship. I am loving exploring parts of my body that were overlooked.

  2. ‘You always let me know with that underlying sense that something wasn’t right. Thank you, dear body’ I am eternally grateful for work of Serge Benhayon and the growing awareness that allows me to trust my feelings and my body.

  3. I love this. Outside forces can get us but not the body. The body stays true and steady amongst it all. It may not seem steady through illness and disease but it is – it is the body communicating that we have not been moving in our divinity.

  4. I am feeing to appreciate here just how much more I really do listen to my body. It still sometimes sends messages that I don’t entirely understand, but I keep being as open as I can be and observing. Reading blogs where everyone’s expression and experience is different helps me to understand the possibilities of what my body might be saying that I am not choosing to fully hear. Thank you.

  5. There is no escaping the messages of the body, we can try to ignore them, but they lovingly continue until we listen.

  6. One of the things education is truly missing is the understanding of the intelligence of our body that is communicated every moment to us through the ills, conditions, diseases and feelings of joy, vitality and yumminess how we are living and if it is supporting us or not. Beside that it is also a big learning to surrender to it and listen to its symptoms because the basics like drinking when we are thirsty or stop eating when we feel full is something I noticed most of us find already challenging.

  7. The more I deepen my relationship with my body the more in awe of its beauty, simplicity, magnificence I feel. The body’s ability to heal is one of the most humbling things to experience.

    1. Priscila, I agree with you, ‘The body’s ability to heal is one of the most humbling things to experience.’ Over and over my body has healed from the disregarding ways I have lived restoring to health and vitality from multiple health conditions through applying the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom presented by Serge Benhayon to my life. I am humbled and in awe.

  8. Learning to feel my body and take notice of what it is communicating, honouring this and responding accordingly, has been one of the most supportive moves towards greater health and well-being I could have ever made.

  9. There is a wealth of wisdom to be gained from a deep connection to our bodies, I am becoming more loving and tender with my body and as this love deepens so does my appreciations of the gift that it is.

  10. A beautiful connection and understanding of our body and all its communication with us. It is never to late to stop and listen in the stillness of our soul and change our ways appreciating our body and all the wisdom we are given to share and simply be with.

  11. ‘To listen or not to listen to my body, that is the question’, but not really, much more we may ask is there any good reason to not listen. There is not, not really, but most ignore their body anyway. To explore the why will reveal the character occupying the body, using it for whatever it chooses, no matter the costs. We are more than the body but without honouring and listening to the body we will not know the real you, only the wayward reduced version of the greater being we divinely are, the Soul.

    1. ‘To explore the why will reveal the character occupying the body, using it for whatever it chooses, no matter the costs.’ – Love it – just explore the WHY.

  12. What an amazing sharing of the power of our bodies and how they never stop communicating with us. This sharing I can vary much relate to and it reflects to me the extent to which I denied the messages my body was showing me.

  13. “We both know full well that when I was a child I was awesome at listening to you – it came out so naturally. I reaped the rewards of living this way as I had so much fun in you dear body and felt so much joy, playfulness and silliness” There is such an innocence in the way that children relate to their bodies in this way – I remember it well myself, but somewhere along the line I too lost this connection. Thankfully now it is re-emerging and I am loving the rediscovery of this joy and playfullness and being silly that has always been there, but had just been lying dormant for a while. We all have this within us, we just have to know how to reconnect to it.

  14. We are in fact loved without measure despite the irresponsible and abusive way we choose to live. The true quality of love with which God holds us is a beholding, in which he does not get in the way of our choices and the mess we have been creating in our body and in our world.

    We are given the opportunity to keep having another go day in day out life after life until all of us as a whole choose to return to the grandness we separated from. And our body which is our vehicle of expression on this plane of life is our greatest marker and a wonderful ally in this.

  15. Lots of appreciation for my amazing body and for putting up with me during all the disregard! That was in the past, but today we are both carried in all the love I am now allowing and receiving.

  16. As children we responded to the body without thinking as we were so connected to it and understood how we felt life through it. It is only as adults that we have lost that connection and rely on our minds to figure life out.

  17. Great point about appreciation – do we appreciate our bodies for the incredible reflections and messengers of our choices, or do we get frustrated and annoyed by the fact that they’re not/can’t keep up with the unreasonable demands we place upon them? This isn’t about being soft and not doing anything in case it becomes too strenuous or difficult, but about building an ever-deepening relationship with our body so that there’s an ever-deepening connection with it, and clarity of messages that it’s relaying back to us, constantly giving us opportunities to read and understand more about ourselves and others.

  18. There is so much our body shows us but we are so unwilling to listen as we have learned that the body is to be used and abused to get us the seemingly pleasures of life.

  19. I am finding more and more that there is nothing random in life. Whenever I am running with a choice to deepen in an area of life, I find so much in life seems to constellate to support me in various ways, including showing me in detail how I have been living that is not in alignment to what I am unfolding. And the messages from my body are always the most immediate in this. Seeing this it seems very unwise to ignore any of the messages my body offers me, whether I have consciously chosen to look at that area or not.

  20. We may not like the messages of the body but we can be sure it never lies and will never let us down to wake us up to the truth we eventually and inevitably need to embrace. It is the body who teaches us honesty and one day truthfulness.

    1. It is really remarkable to accept this fact when spend so much time, energy and money (and lifetimes) looking outside of ourselves for answers when we have them with us all the time. Heaven is truly within.

  21. Committing each moment to living with my mind and body in harmony feels amazing. I write this because I can feel the difference when I’m not choosing this, my body has whatever it will take to communicate to my mind the truth of my choices, bringing us back together, one-unified is the our true purpose.

  22. What a gorgeous love letter. This line was a standout for me – “You always let me know with that underlying sense that something wasn’t right. Thank you, dear body, for if it wasn’t for this I may have never questioned things.” What an incredible gift our bodies give us, if it was not for the tension, how would we know there is more to life? And that something is not right?

  23. Our body is a constant communicator, delivering us packages of understanding every step of the way. This blog shows the depth of connection that can be lived through movement and listening, and this is a support for us all.

  24. Bringing our awareness back to our whole body, to how and what we’re feeling and the sense of the way in which we’re doing things, walking or moving gives us the opportunity to tune in with a harmonious way of being; one that is in tune with all of us.

  25. We walk around with these incredible instruments, if only we stopped to appreciate them we would know this to be our most amazing gift.

  26. A beautiful confirmation of our choices and the constant two way conversations we share with our bodies and the wisdom it shares. There is always so much we can learn and appreciate about our bodies and how they speak to us only ever from love, not only allowing us to then make choices to support this love with honesty but also understanding too.

  27. It has often been said meeting Segre Benhayon was like coming home. And, in opening the door after being on holiday from our self for years, there is a mountain of unopened mail awaiting us.

  28. I used to be annoyed from the tension I felt in my body, not willing to understand that it was my body telling me that something was not right but instead constantly looking for ways to get rid of it or to numb this constant tension. And although I managed that quite well, I was very smart in finding different ways to numb my body constantly, the underlying tension and unsatisfactorily feeling about life did not disappear. It was actually a huge effort in keeping myself in this momentum of not wanting to feel what my body had to tell and too a huge relief when I returned to my senses and started to listen to my body in all honesty and understanding more and more. No more pushing and seeking for relief, just surrendering to what my body is communicating makes my life much more in ease and more purposeful to all the people I live with instead of only being busy with myself.

  29. When I am open to it, I so appreciate how my body communicates the consequence of every choice I make, especially if I have been abusive towards it. There is only so much of it the body can allow and the clearer I get the more rapid the communication. Every time I get a reaction in my body I say a silent thank you for the support!

  30. This is such a gorgeous blog in that the depth of appreciation you have for your body is palpable. Thank you Anonymous for reminding us what is available to us if we choose to listen to the constant stream of messages we are being given by our bodies.

  31. This is a fun way to thank the body and of course reflect on all the times that it may have been trying to tell you something that you just didn’t want to hear. I remember when I was 19 my body was really trying to get my attention and so every time I would sweat, I would break out in hives. I was literally reacting to my own sweat, at the time I was working at a night club and going to bed at 4am every night. I was also drinking alcohol daily and everything else (that I won’t mention) but goes along with that lifestyle. I went to a Naturopath that recommended I go off all sugar for 3 months, I did, it took me a year to complete the 3 months but I did it. No sugar meant no booze and I was feeling better than ever at the end of it. But because I had not healed or addressed the issue once my symptoms had cleared up, I was back to my old ways, literally the day my 3-month cleanse was over. It was not until Universal Medicine that I was able to quit my old lifestyle effortlessly and begin to truly listen to my own body.

  32. I have noticed that when I have pain, I am very aware of my body and how I move it, because if I’m not, it hurts. But without pain, we can maintain that awareness of connection to the body, why would we not listen to the wisdom of those messages? We get distracted but it makes no sense at all to ignore the body, it works so hard to support us.

  33. Even when the body ‘does not work well’ it means that it is doing its job. Its sole purpose is to work for us and our evolution. What we try to do with it is a different story. How we relate to it is a different story too. What is clear is that working together is an option; yet one that requires deeply appreciating and loving it.

  34. I often want to write a similar letter to my soul. The appreciation I feel for my soul, which I feel through my body is huge when I am connected but can be non-existent when I am ignoring it. It feels the most patient, loving, steady friend that is always there when you turn back to it.

  35. Haha, I always took it for granted if I had white spots on my nails that my zinc levels had fallen too low, and I would just increase my levels of zinc or take a different form of zinc that was more absorbable. I never took a moment to stop and really appreciate all the little ways my body communicates the minutest details, it is truly amazing.

  36. Imagine if you had a friend who came everywhere you went, to every single meeting, night out and social event. Imagine if they slept with you in the evening and even went for a shower when you did. How would it feel to ignore them? Surely it would get pretty awkward, pretty quick? And yet isn’t this what we effectively do with our bodies? Anonymous you help us see that if we want true health and vitality that it only makes sense to connect and build a loving relationship with our bodies. They know us inside out.

  37. The body is a steady, solid communicator of unconditional love, never giving up on us, never holding back, and always delivering exactly what needs to be delivered.

  38. Today i can see clearly that i have always been someone who experiences life through my body, through the feel, the senstation of my interactions and movements; that bodily trust & dialogue was absolutely there when i was young. Yet as time went by, just as Anon has described, i began to override the messages, the soreness in my stomach, the stiffness of my neck, the weakness of my voice, i turned my back on what was on offer and started to live from my head, my thoughts, from external pictures that I thought identified me and made me unique.
    To re-engage this relationship with my body has been immensely enriching, consistency confirming what feels true and allowing me to once more claim this magic union with my body.

  39. The other day I finally listened to a message from my body which it had clearly been communicating for many years, and it was interesting to reflect on how I could possibly have ignored it for so long.

  40. Building a loving connection with our body is the way forward for our health and wellbeing listening to all its wisdom and knowing from its connection to the all with love and appreciation for all we are.

  41. ‘So as the years went on with all these outside forces of life presenting themselves daily and my perception of them’ wouldn’t we like to be able to blame something else all of the time when in fact it is our own choices that shape how we view things and the experience of life we have.

  42. ‘I especially appreciate how clear you were when I was with the wrong men. Trust me, I heard you loud and clear despite my mind’s need for attention and affection trying to convince me otherwise.’ – The signals we get from our bodies are so clear that we can only be disconnected from ourselves to not feel them, or choose to ignore what we feel for various reasons.

  43. Staying in constant communication with our body is on-going, as we begin to listen to its daily signals and wisdom and respond to them, we are richly rewarded.

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