Often times, humans see the flaws in everything, including our own bodies; our homes for our personalities, feelings, and expressions; our true external dwelling place for our internal selves. Regardless of what you view your body as, it is a part of your reality. And therefore, getting to know it, and understand one another is an important thing to do.
After all, you have to live with your body, so you might as well become good roommates with it so that you both may live in harmony. One great way to get to bond with your body is lettering to your body.
You can write your own letter to your body with specifics that are related to your life! Be it a good or bad feeling you may have towards your body at that time express it in your letter.
Some things you could incorporate into your “Dear My Body” Letter are but aren’t limited to…
- Your flaws or things you want to change about your body within your control
- What you love or don’t like about your body
- Express concerns you may have
- How grateful you are for your legs, arms, organs… whatever you feel grateful for!
- Any apologies you need to talk about
- Damage you may have intentionally or unintentionally done to your body
- Sorry for mean things you may have said about your body, etc.
- Not listening to it when it needs to rest, etc.
- Something someone has done to you– tell your body that it was not your fault and that it did not deserve to be treated/used in a negative way by another.
- Anything you want to do to help your body to live in harmony.
- Listen to it
- Take a self-care day
- Fuel your body
- Anything you want to or need to do for your body!
Here is an example of a letter I wrote to my body, which you can read aloud to yourself or quietly in your mind.
Dear My Body,
Thank you for always being there for me. I am so happy I have a body like you. I know I may not always appreciate you, and can be a little judgmental sometimes, but I really do love you– all parts of you. I’m sorry for all the times I have hurt you. I just want to say thank you for all that you do for me that I often forget about while focusing on the things I don’t like about you and myself. Thank you, tummy, for digesting my food. Thank you, liver, for being there when I overindulge in things that may not be the best for me. Thank you, brain, for helping me think. Brain, I know we get into fights sometimes, when you can’t help me think of answers in class or you worry about things too much, but hey, I still love you.
Body, I love you just the way you are. Thank you for helping me function. You are my body; my home. I want to keep you safe, and you and I deserve to be happy. When we are united as one, and I choose to love you regardless of flaws, I am a much happier human. You and I are deserving of feeling good, in all ways; mentally, physically, emotionally, and all other aspects of wellness, in whatever ways that means for you and me.
I love you, body. I accept you and love you just the way you are.
Remember, all bodies cannot do or be all things, but they all can do/be something. Look at your body for all that it is and can be, regardless of setbacks or flaws. Make your letter true to yourself and your body, be honest and truthful.