Dear Body

Last week I was invited to attend the Book launch for Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanced by Nadya Andreeva. I knew it was about healthy living, curing your digestive woes, and achieving balance, so I was excited. Ya’ll know I am all about that lately. I will be writing a full book review soon, but as I am reading I came across this exercise that I couldn’t wait to share.

Nadya talks a lot of visualizations in her book, so she asked the reader to write a love letter to their body. She literally told the reader to stop reading, and write the letter before continuing the book. I was on the train, so I obviously kept on reading, but then the lights went out on the train. They quickly came back on… but then went out 2 more times, so I took that as a sign that I needed to take my phone out and start writing the letter. I am reading a paperback version, so there was no handy-dandy backlight to get me through the train power outage.

The point of the letter is to acknowledge how your body must feel after helping you get through everything you have been through in your life. I wasn’t sure if I should share this publicly… but in blogging, I find that the posts I hesitate sharing are generally the ones that need to be shared the most.

Dear Body Love Letter

Dear Body,

Before I thank you for all of the wonderful things you have done for me, I want to apologize for all of things I have done to harm you. There are so many times that you gave me signs that I needed to change my ways and I refused to listen.

Throughout my childhood and high school, you always allowed me to be active and play tons of sports…even when I didn’t want to. Injury after injury, sprain after sprain, you always bounced back and let me get back to things I love. Some days I wish that the sprains healed better, but now they serve as reminders to not push myself too far.

In college, you allowed me to stay up late, drink a bit, laugh a lot, and love even more. I still don’t understand why I had so much energy back then in comparison to how I feel now. I was able to function on little to no sleep and rarely had aches and pains.

After college, things got a little rough. Those months of chronic headaches nearly took me out, but in retrospect…maybe that was a sign that I needed to get out of that situation I was in. I needed to break free….and be more stress free. Thank you for getting me through long workdays despite the daily migraines. I wouldn’t have been able to stay living in NY if it weren’t for that job.

Now….Things have gone a bit crazy with you. Headaches, doctors, TMJ, muscle aches…. are you trying to tell me something?  I joke that when I turned 25 my body started to fall apart and change drastically. You always get me through, but I know it doesn’t have to be this hard. I can make it easier for you.

In writing this out, it makes me realize all of the good you have done for me and yet I still struggle to give you proper tender,  loving care. You need less stress, more nutrients and regular exercise. The doctors say that if I take off more weight, your joints will even feel better too.

I know we can do this together.  Please keep giving me signs along the way to let me know how I am doing. I promise to keep working towards your wellness day after day until we are doing better.

I love you.

Xo

KW

19 Comments

  1. This is a beautiful letter! Our bodies do soooo much for us and it’s easy to discount them even at their healthiest!

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    • I didn’t even think of it in this way until I started reading this book. It’s so crazy!

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  2. stephanie says:

    I love this! I’m going to be a therapist and this is such a great technique to use with women of all ages.

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    • Agreed! My background is in counseling too, and I thought the same thing when I read this.

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  3. This is such a cool concept! I love the letter you wrote to your body. You are so nice to it. I would probably get frustrated with it because I feel like my body is weaker than my will sometimes!

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    • The book really talked about expressing the positive parts of what your body has done for you… basically saying that regardless of how you feel, your body has carried you through good/bad/indifferent times. It was hard to be so positive at first… but then I tried to think of my body as a person that I was speaking too.

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  4. Stephanie Bright-Aladenoye says:

    Love!

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  5. This is a great idea!! I think we all need to do the same! I didnt realize how much stress ive put my body through until reading this

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  6. Lora says:

    I cannot tell you how much I love this! I have never written a love letter to my body–I need to do this! I also love your blog; we are of the same mindset! Just followed you on twitter and will be a regular reader. Thank you!!! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your support! I’ll be heading to your site this weekend to check you out as well. I love connecting with like-minded bloggers. 🙂 Let me know if you write (+share) your own letter too.

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  7. Faith says:

    This was beautifully written and now I’m inspired to write a letter to my own body.

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    • Do it, do it! I swear it changed my perspective. 🙂 + Thank you for the compliment on my writing! I am working on it.

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  8. This is wonderful and an exercise we should all do!

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    • I agree! It really helped me think differently about myself.

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