I’ve been a bad, bad friend to one of my absolute best friends lately…
She would call me, and I wouldn’t return her calls, and even when I did pick up, I wasn’t fully present or listening. Worse yet, I made plans to hang out with her and just didn’t show up.
Who is she?
CLICK TO TWEET>> My BODY is my Best Friend. <<CLICK TO TWEET
Just like my other best friends in life, she:
1. KNOWS me on a deep level – and when I really listen to her, she reflects back what’s truly in my best interest
2. SUPPORTS me in all that I do, even when I don’t acknowledge how amazing she is
3. IS ALWAYS PRESENT and available whenever I need to come back to her
Have you made the same mistakes I have in neglecting or abusing that relationship with your own best friend – your BFF, your body?
I invite you to take the steps below to nurture this precious relationship and give Your Body the love she deserves:
1. CALL AND ACKNOWLEDGE HER
As with any relationship that we haven’t been showing up fully to, the first step is “calling her” – and with your body you can do this by simply saying to her:
“Hey body! I’m so sorry I haven’t been hanging out with you lately, but I still love you and am so grateful for all that you do for me, even when I don’t ask.”
Sound crazy? Good – that means you’re getting out of your head and playing with it! What’s crazier is NOT acknowledging her, so get a little wild and have FUN with this!
2. TUNE IN AND LISTEN TO HER
Our bodies are sending us messages all day long – ALL of them in our best interest (unlike our ego, she’s too enlightened to bother with the superficial stuff).
Is she saying “Hey, now is a good time for a break from the computer to take a few deep breaths and do a few neck rolls?” or “I’m tired – let’s shut off that iPhone for the night and unwind” or “I wanna MOVE – let’s get to the park, breathe in that fresh air, and get that energy flowing!”
Or she might be saying something completely different to you – listen closely and listen often and you’ll begin to hear how much SHE really cares.
3. MAKE PLANS WITH HER AND SHOW UP
Doing what you say you will is what integrity in relationships is all about (read my interview with Kate Courageous for more on this) – so why do we flake so often on commitments we make to our bodies?
Whether the plan you make is to take her for a jog, give her a break from indulging in heavy foods and choosing cleaner fuel, or to treat her to a day of rest, put it in the calendar and really show up. Remember that you’re meeting your best friend and that she DESERVES your time together.
Of course, we all make mistakes, and she will forgive you if you have to reschedule a time or two. But notice if you make it a habit and change that habit to a better one that serves both YOU and YOUR BODY.
Like all true best friends, our bodies are always ready and waiting, so share in the comments below what action you will take today to begin giving your body – your best friend – the love that she deserves.