Have you ever noticed how disrespectful we can be of ourselves? I know I get mad at myself for the smallest mistakes and call myself stupid or an idiot and get really mad at me. But I would never react that way to someone else doing the same thing. I would just tell them that it happens. The sad thing is that’s the least of our self-abuse. Every day is a constant struggle with our bodies. We have a lot of things we need to get done! We have full-time jobs and households to maintain. It’s hard enough to find a little time for ourselves to relax or do something fun. But our bodies are so needy. You’re about to start your work day and your body is arguing that it wants to go back to sleep. After a cup of coffee, you finally get focused and into your work and now you have to go to the bathroom. Then at some point you start to get distractingly hungry or thirsty but it isn’t your lunch break yet. Finally, it’s time for your lunch break and you are so hungry that you either make a bad food choice or you eat too much. And boy does your body let you know it later! And to add to the struggle, you know you need to try to add some exercise to your already overly full schedule. Then when we finally do manage to find time to exercise, we have to push our tired bodies with all of our will. Phew. It’s exhausting just thinking about it!
We fight our bodies every day and resent them for being so high-maintenance. They are continually getting in our way. And it only gets worse if we happen to be feeling under the weather. Then add to that any body image issues we may have. Whether we think we are overweight or hate our nose, we all have something we don’t like about our appearance. Do you ever get the feeling that if you treated someone else the way you treat yourself, you might be taken away in handcuffs?
It is hard for us to get used to having a body. It’s not something we have to deal with in the spirit world, so we kind of rebel against it. As a child and teenager I hated the fact that we have to sleep. I always felt like I was missing something. I also always hated going to the bathroom and felt that spending more than a minute or two in there was a waste of time. We simply don’t realize how important it is to align ourselves: mind, body and soul. Respect yourself. Especially your body. It may not be perfect, but it allows you to do so many amazing things in this world.
Most of us know that we should treat other people the way we want them to treat us. But we forget that we should treat ourselves the way we want others to treat us. When you think about how much we hate on ourselves and our bodies, it’s not surprising how prevalent disease is in our society. If you are mean to yourself for a long enough period of time, it’s bound to manifest negatively in your body.