Honouring My Body

August 8, 2023 Aphsie 4 comments
"I am grateful for my body because it works in my favour."

This is one of the affirmations I repeat daily and I’ve taken some time to really busk in the glorious meaning and significance it carries 🧘🏾‍♀️ 

Oprah Winfrey once argued that we should do all we can to empower our bodies because all they want to do is support us – to which I fully agree 🙌🏾 

I grew up a slender child, but was constantly body-shamed into believing I was fat. This treatment was coming from adults around me whom I trusted and respected, so naturally their words carried a significant weight and haunted me my whole life 😩 

The unfortunate part is that I believed them and further developed a sort of body dysmorphia and would do anything to lose weight. Now, the crazy thing is even after losing the weight I still saw myself as fat 💔 

I wasn’t aware that I had created such a toxic relationship with my own body until I was discharged from ICU after surviving the near-death experience I discuss in My Testimony, and instead of focusing my energy on healing my mind, body and spirit – I instead obsessed with getting back to my diet and gym 😳 

Mind you – I was hardly able to walk at this point so my priorities were blatantly lopsided. From this point I knew I had to do things differently and so I did… 🙌🏾  

As explored in I Am Myself Again for the first time in nine years I feel I have come full-circle since the accident and have found a new love and appreciation for my body, which I express through:

Healthy Eating

This has been such a challenge for me since regaining my ability to eat solid foods after the accident…

My mindset was: “I know I shouldn’t be eating this food, but I am now able to so I should!” – now of course my healing journey is something to be celebrated, but I did so to the detriment of my own health 🙃

I have now realised this was wrong of me and recommitted to my blood-type lifestyle, where I eat only the foods that are beneficial for my body 🥗

Daily Exercise

As part of my daily routine I jog and either practice a form of yoga or learn/practice a dance routine 👯‍♀️

I have found that this daily movement brings about a balance to my mood regulation, muscle strength and breathing 🙌🏾

Prayer & Meditation

These are the quiet moments in which I surrender myself to God’s move in my life. The power in shutting down the noise and listening to your deeper thoughts has been revealed to me 🔥

My truth is that I had to develop an adoration and respect for my body in order to recognise the importance of healthy living 🌱

The biggest difference now is I treat my body with love because I appreciate all it’s survived, instead of treating it with disgust because of the lies I chose to believe 🙏🏾

Tell me – how is your relationship with your body and are you proud of how you treat it as a result?.. 

Yours – but mine first,
Aphsie ♡ 

P.S.  Thanks for having a read & I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic below…

4 Comments on “Honouring My Body

  1. Aside from giving my body food when it needs it, I don’t really have a relationship with it. At first read it sounds like a weird relationship but as I think about it, I have different relationships with different body parts and even furniture but not my body.

    Thank you for this, you’ve definitely given me something to think and even adopt moving forward in life.

  2. It’s so good you are finding your way to a healthier and happier relationship with your body; it was lovely to read a bit about your journey with this as some elements of it really resonated with me. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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