This guest article is written by Joanna Lindenbaum, www.soulfulcoach.com
So often we are swept up in the fast pace of life: we multi-task, eat on the go, slouch at the computer, hold the phone to our ear with our shoulder as we wash dishes, give up on our yoga class in order to get more work done…the list goes on and on. So let me ask you: when was the last time you actually honored your body?
What I mean by that is this: when was the last time you actually said “thank you” for all of the incredible things your body can do? When was the last time you said thank you that your eyes help you see the beautiful things around you? Said thank you that your legs help you get around? Said thank you that your belly and womb help re-nutrient your body and provide you with your women’s mysteries? How often do you take time to simply honor and love your body with gratitude, remembering how sacred and important it is?
In order for us to truly tap into our intuition, we must respect and honor our bodies. Only then can we sink deep into our body’s wisdom to hear answers and get clarity about our lives.
Take Action! – Honor Your Body
1) Make 15 minutes just for yourself at home. Take time out of your day where you leave email and appointments behind and turn off the ringer for your phone. Perhaps you might want to light some candles, smell some natural aromas, or put on some soothing and inspiring music to set the mood.
2) Honor and thank each part of your body. Starting with your toes you can either rub them with an essential oil of your choice or simply gently massage them. Work your way up your body to your feet, ankles, shins, and so on. As you pay loving attention to each body part, thank it for what it has done for you. For example: “Thank you thighs for helping me walk to the market today” or “Thank you fingers for allowing me to write in my journal” or “Thank you heart for letting me love so deeply” or “Thank you throat for letting me have a voice to sing, connect with others, and share what is in my soul.”
3) Bless yourself. After you have honored each particular part of your body, take a few more moments just for you. Stand up tall and straight. Close your eyes. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart and simply breathe into your body. Say a short blessing or wish for yourself.
I believe with every fiber in my being that women have the power to transform the world. It is my sacred purpose to educate and mentor women to be able to develop, market, and execute their brilliance in soul-centered ways so that the entire Universe can benefit. I coach entrepreneurs, artists, visionaries and women who are ready to embark on projects that will launch them out into the world to have a voice, create inspiration, and take action. I am the creator of the Woman Wisdom Success Principles System and the 5-month Wise Woman Leadership Program. For the last 12 years I have extensively studied and practiced journaling, meditation, movement therapies, women’s spirituality and rituals from around the world, art, marketing, public speaking, workshop development, leadership training, public dialogue systems, organization systems and time management systems. I have presented over 200 thought provoking workshops internationally, including seminars at Omega Institute, Renfrew Center, Womb & Belly Conference, and Womongathering. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband Jon, and my daughter Penina. www.soulfulcoach.com