Don’t just move your body, talk to it. Words and practices to strengthen the mind-body connection.
– KEYS SOULCARE
There are many ways in which simple movements can open up new pathways to better understand ourselves. Yet as we navigate shifts in alignment — from our spine to our mindset — remember that exercise is just one step in loving the skin we’re in.
Therapist Renee Avis shares how developing a positive relationship with your body goes far beyond liking what you see in the mirror. “Body positivity is about loving and appreciating yourself everyday,” she says. “It means talking kindly to yourself, listening to what your body is telling you, and fully believing in yourself… It’s about simply being comfortable being YOU. And remember, there’s no wrong way to have a body.”
We’re starting small and asking each of you to make the time and create the space to speak to your body with gratitude. Here’s how to begin:.
To Say: “Thank you for breathing life to my thoughts — writing, typing, pointing, picking up, and releasing.”
To Do: Write “I am grateful” ten times and display it where you can see the words each day.
To Say: “Thank you for holding us, for opening doors and making our days.”
To Do: Shake your hands — freely and without restriction. Squeeze your hands to make them small and reach your fingers outwards, sending energy through each fingertip. Pick up your favorite object within reach, and hold it close to your heart.
To Say: “Thank you for reaching, opening to new opportunities, and holding the people for whom I care.”
To Do: Hug yourself tightly. Breathe deeply and exhale with intention, as you acknowledge the connection between your arms and body. Release and repeat.
Continue this moment of mindfulness in acknowledging and thanking the parts of your body that need love. A few minutes of gratitude for your body may be just the bright spot you need.