I’ve been on semi-sabbatical this year. I’ve spent very little time blogging, writing articles or sharing on social media. I have done very few public events. I’ve been shopping, having spa days and eating pastries in cafés. My local Carluccio’s has all but given me a pastry pass!
And I’ve been dancing again. From the first week of January I’ve been going into the studio and reconnecting with dance. It’s been a long time since I felt a front-and-centre connection with that part of myself. It went into hibernation, allowing other parts of me to wake up.
But now I’m making art with my body again.
This image was created with Mr. Benji Reid during a day in the photography-dance studio. Reflecting on the image, this is my thought:
Eros is Infinite. It has the capacity to hold All of You. Are you ready?
I am constantly learning from my body. This morning I’ve been listening to some recordings by Dr Christiane Northrup – author of ‘Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom’. This got me reflecting on how I have experienced wellness and illness in my life – how my physical body is an expression of the sum total of my emotional states. Over time my body has become increasingly responsive. Nowadays the slightest onset of stress results in tension - a headache perhaps. This means that I am able to catch stress very early on when it is still subtle and easily fixable. I have learnt to listen to and act on my body’s early signals of distress and so bring myself back into full, flourishing wellness immediately. It occurs to me that I do not have a body, my body has me. I am a student of my body and its wisdom.
I let my body make my decisions. Over time I’ve learnt that listening to my body works. Going against it backfires – resulting in either emotional upset or physical unwellness. Choosing food is one of the most significant areas in which I follow the ‘trust my body’ method.
There are so many schools of thought on nutrition, all that external information can be confusing. I do pay attention to teachers of nutrition and food who I trust. This provides me with my baseline guidance. But in the moment to moment decision of ‘What should I eat now?’ I ask my body.
This afternoon it said, ‘Digestive biscuits and tea.’ So thats what I’ve been enjoying. Nothing organic or raw; nothing artisan or rare. Just basic, childhood-memory-invoking, comforting Mcvities digestives and a cuppa. And just like that, I feel so much better than I did a few hours ago.