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My Body, My Self, My Friend: The Joys of Listening to my Body

Friday, March 08, 2013

1. When the feelings of anxiety start, if I frame them as a message, I can make them go away.
This is an amazing result for me. Iíve had two visits to get medical tests done this week. Anything to do with doctors and medical procedures has been an anxiety producing situation for me. So this week, when getting the tests done, and I felt the beginnings of anxiety Ė I started to listen. My body was telling me that it was afraid and connecting to bad medical experiences in our past. I was able to tell myself that this was going to be fine and I used my yoga breathing and not only did it blow away the symptoms of anxiety, I felt like a normal human being.

2. The ability to do so much more than I was expecting.
In January, I was only able to do chair exercises. I couldnít get out and walk due to a medical condition. I decided that I was going to work on the chair exercise as much as possible each day, and sure enough, as my medical condition improved, I was able to work in standing aerobics, standing strength training, walking again, and finally I decided to try yoga.
I am constantly laughing in the yoga classes. I was able to do a plank pose the other day and couldnít stop laughing with joy. A year ago, I could not get up from a sitting position on the floor. This is wonderful. It is all due to the fact that somehow my body got the message to me that this condition was not going to improve without some form of exercise.

I walked one and a half miles today, easily. Iím back to walking and doing my errands, too.

3. I went and tried on clothes in a dressing room today and I was able to critically assess the clothes because I was not obsessed with how horrible my body looks. I actually enjoyed myself. This is a first. If this feeling ever existed before, I couldnít hear it.

The Merchant;s Wife at Tea
Boris Kustodiev
Dimensions: 120 x 120 cm
Gallery: Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

This woman is comfortable in her own skin. She's enjoying her tea, and has a variety of fruit and a tea bread in front of her. Her skin is beautiful and her clothes tell us she cares about herself. I strive to be this at ease with body.

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GOULDSGRANITE 3/13/2013 10:48AM

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IOWAGRAMMA 3/9/2013 3:39PM

    How wonderful for you! You've come such a long way and you are learning so much about yourself. So proud of you and happy for you!! Hugs and love, Jeannie XOXO

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JAOTAO 3/9/2013 10:05AM

    Oh My -- a Plank Pose!! That is amazing and walking 1 1/2 miles! How wonderful to hear your body sing to you. Life Develops What It Demands ... my teacher once told me. Sometimes the results are quicker than others (depends on the lessons we need to learn along the way). I'm so happy for you. Yesterday as I was walking around, I realized I could get in/out of the car without a cane and had a spring in my step. It is wonderful when we have those moments of growth. Thanks so much for a great blog!

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NANCYPAT1 3/9/2013 7:46AM

    Lovely moving blog and the picture says so much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful successes. This is almost how I have been feeling as I move forward on my journey. That single first step is often the hardest but once you make some of those small steps, the rest start to fall into place too.

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LYNNWILK2 3/9/2013 2:53AM

    Congratulations on such wonderful breakthroughs... your movement and your clothes shopping...
you know what I really love, is that you found a piece of art work that gives you a visual image of the way you want to be able to enjoy your body, your body image and your life!

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JILL313 3/8/2013 11:49PM

    I love to hear how well you're doing and being more mobile is wonderful and also one of my Goals. I've been interested in Yoga but never have been flexible and haven't been able to sit on the floor in years. I love how your exercising has added many quality years to your life. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANYVAR54 3/8/2013 11:16PM

    Great for you, you are making great strides and improvements. You are doing well. Yeah!!!

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BELDONDOG1 3/8/2013 11:09PM

    Good Blog! Very proud of you--keep it up!! (hugs) Noel

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CLAIRESML 3/8/2013 10:51PM

    beautiful painting, and beautiful you..... emoticon You are really doing great!

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MICKEYH 3/8/2013 10:15PM

    emoticon you've made great achievement not jut one but three !!
I like this lady in the lecture too. She looks happy and confident. Thanks for sharing.
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LYNCHD05 3/8/2013 9:50PM

    Wonderful blog.....and you have come a long way Baby!!!!!

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JOYOUS1917 3/8/2013 9:25PM

    Thank you ever so much for sharing yourself with us. That is treasure in and of itself my friend. You are a gift.

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TKLBRIDGET 3/8/2013 9:18PM

    Beautiful painting and wonderful blog!
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    Well, said! :)

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