Journaling Exercise: What Is Your Relationship With Your Body…Beyond the Surface

 

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For today’s exercise, I want you to think about your relationship with your body. 

Let’s start with the surface answer first: Do you hate your body, love your body, are indifferent, or neutral? 

Don’t give up if you have never thought about this. Keep exploring how you feel to arrive at your conclusion. Journal your thoughts about your body. You can write about its physical beauty (or lack of), how it makes you feel, how you think others perceive you because of it, things you would like to change about it etc. Based on your answers, how do you think you feel about your body? Were your answers mostly positive or negative? Were you answers emotional or factual? 

Remember, there is no wrong answer here. You need to honestly explore your feelings, and your fears. 

Once you have answered that, let’s go deeper. 

Do you value your body? Do you realise that it’s your vehicle for life? How much do you appreciate its usefulness? Do you accept that a healthy body allows you to do much more than just look or feel good? That it makes it easier to all the other things you want to do? I’m awed, constantly, by people with severe disabilities who overcome their physical limitations and achieve extra-ordinary thing. However, those of us who have been used to a relatively healthy body are not used to that type of adversity. A flu, a broken leg, back pain….common ailments messup our plans, and have us moaning and whining. And appreciating how useful the body is. 

Do you only appreciate your body’s important when it can’t do something…or do you remember it daily?

Do you look after your body? Do you give it proper TLC on a regular basis? If you don’t, why not? Do you not think that your body and you deserve that? If not, why not?

Keep digging deeper into this. Most of us don’t appreciate what important role our bodies play in the quality of our life. Now and again, it’s good to reevaluate this relationship. 

 

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:

No more procrastination. Even if you hate looking at yourself in the mirror, do it…make your words your mirror, and really try to understand the relationship between your mind and your body. Create action steps to take care of your body on a regular basis.

 

 

Journaling Exercise: What does Independence Mean to You?

 

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The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf

 

Happy 4th of July to all American peeps! The world seems topsy-turvey, but the American heroes have at least once again saved us from the aliens. Gotta be happy about that :-) I hope you are enjoying a lovely long weekend. 

Every year, around the world, many nations celebrate their independence day. There are nations, who are still waiting for that status. Then there are others, like England, who has never been ruled by someone else and therefore does not have an independence day. I think the further we get from the fight from independence, the easier it is to see it as merely a holiday, to lose touch with the reality of what our forefathers fought for. 

But independence, like any important value, is rarely black and white. I grew up in India. People fought for independence from England, yet it can’t be denied that the British Raaj brought with it a multitude of benefits. Is that a reason enough to be ruled by someone? In my opinion, no….but perhaps in someone else’s opinion,  yes.

Let’s take that to individual level. I am sure you know people who are in unhappy relationships, but they remain there, because it makes financial sense, or because they don’t want to lose the lovely house or the lifestyle they are in. Or perhaps someone who is reliant on their parents though in their adult life. Perhaps you know a woman or a man, who is emotionally dependent on their spouse. Perhaps you know someone who can’t eat alone in a restaurant, or can’t go to cinema or theatre by themselves. 

There are many ways to look at independence. It is also possible to be independence in one or more ways, while being dependent in one or more ways. 

So today, in your journal, I would like you to ponder this question: What does independence mean to you? You can write about it in any sense you like: national, political, financial, individual, marital…or mix it up. Go with the flow. Write about however it comes to you. 

Remember, just keep writing as fast as you can. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling mistakes. Just go with the flow. Let your mind connect your notions of independence. It may surprise you. 

 

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:

Get that journal out, and celebrate Independence Day with more self-awareness by doing the above exercise!