I was in my late 20’s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body” and “me.”
After so many years of casually speaking about “my body,” “my mind,” “my heart,” “my spirit,” I finally started to wonder just who the “my” was who claimed all of these things.
Who owned “my body?”
Who was in charge of “my mind?”
Who sensed the presence of “my heart?”
Who was it who spoke of “my spirit” with such confidence?
Well, it must be …. “me.”
All at once, I became deeply curious about just who this “me” was who rated a body, a mind, a heart, a spirit all her own.
It was like, after years of trudging around everywhere on foot, I discovered I had had a set of wide, aerodynamic wings on my own back all along!
Here were all these great tools – all these powerful helpers and supporters – but now I needed to figure out what they could do, how to take care of them, how to use them.
In pursuing the answers to these questions, I discovered that my body, my mind, my heart, and my spirit are well worth getting to know.
Yours are too.
If you are willing, and you take the time, I can affirm that some of your greatest mentors and friends in life dwell just beneath your own skin.
I hope you will give yourself – and them – the gift of getting to know you!
Today’s Takeaway: Do you ever feel curious about the exact nature of the connection between “you” and your body, mind, heart, and spirit? Can you sense a relationship between you and each of these helpers? What does it feel like? Where would you like to learn more, to deepen the partnership?
p.s. This post is from October’s Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery, Shannon’s free monthly ezine.