By Notes From The Frugal Trenches
I'll be honest, I never used to listen to my body, in fact if you'd of told me my body was trying to tell me something I probably would have looked at you like you had 100 heads, or maybe 101 ;-) Slowly but surely as I started to work less and live more, stop running and instead being I learned that my body has a natural rhythm that I need to, when possible (or perhaps more correctly, as much as possible) respect.
I never really felt, or understood when my body had too much sugar, or needed more water, more rest, or perhaps more correctly a more restful life. As I began to make different, more homemade food choices, I noticed when I reverted to unhealthier food choices, I was thirsty or would get a headache. I found when I went to bed late and woke later, I had less energy than going to bed early and rising earlier. Gradually, I began to see my body as a story teller, of a tale which was beautiful, complicated, intricate and delicate. I began to see the link between how I was feeling with what was happening internally rather than externally. Before it was so easy to blame a busy day or a disgruntled co-worker or even the weather, now I know for the most part it is much more about me.
Health is defined not merely as the absence of disease, but according to the World Health Organization is about a complete physical, mental and social well-being. So what exactly does this wonderful story telling entity tell me now:
- When I need more water
- When I need more rest
- When I need time to myself
- When I need time with friends
- When I need to pull in
- When I need to branch out
- When I need to eat veggies or fruit or have more fiber
- When I need to pray, reflect, meditate
- When I need to exercise
- When I need to make amends
- When I need to be outside
- When I need the sun
- When I need to dance in the rain
- When I need to feed my brain
- When I need to nurture my soul
- When I need to nurture other's souls, give and serve
And last but by no means least, it also tells me when I need to knit. Yes, knitting is most certainly a need! ;-)
What does your body need? Do you listen to it's rhythm? Do you nurture your soul?