Our body offers us a great indicator or barometer of how we live with love (aroha) for ourselves. All our choices, from the way we move, how we communicate, what we eat, how we exercise, to the time we go to bed, have an impact on our body, health and well-being.


Our body is our best friend and is always giving us messages as to how it is feeling, we just need to take the time to stop, to listen and to act on these messages. If we don’t take the time to listen its messages will only get louder and eventually we may be brought to a stop with an illness, disease or injury.


When we take the time to ‘listen’ attentively, we realise that our body tells us very quickly if the choices we have been making have been caring and considerate, or not. But could it be that most of us have not been raised to know how to listen to our body and to decipher its many messages?



So, in many instances, through lack of education and awareness, we end up with a lifestyle - a way of living - that is not supportive of our body’s health and well-being. Consequently, our body may end up burdened with health issues that develop out of a lack of understanding of how to care for it.


When we look at our health and well-being it is important to include not only our physical health, but our mental, emotional and spiritual health as well as they all have a vital and equal part in our lives. If we take the time to care for the overall health of our body and we injure ourselves, or develop an illness, we will have a much stronger foundation to support us as we heal.


Caring for ourselves in every moment is a must if we want to feel strong and vital, and to enjoy the life we are living and the people in our lives. 

Holding onto emotions that have us feeling sad, angry, frustrated have been shown to have a negative impact on not only our body’s health, but also our mental health, whereas feeling joyful and loving the life we are living has a wonderfully positive impact on our overall health and that of our environment. To have support in the challenging times is so important, as is asking for help when you need it and being able to share what is going on for you.


It is also important to not see the body in its separate parts but as a whole, with each organ, muscle, blood vessel and particle intricately connected and all working together in every moment in time. We are not just a sore knee, or a broken arm, we are a whole organism and need to treat ourselves as such. We are also part of a much larger universal order and our body naturally knows the rhythm of this order and how to be in harmony with it.


For example: We may have a sore knee but the initial problem could be from our hip and the way we have been walking, and the way we are walking could be from the way we are feeling (anxious, sad, angry etc) so to heal the knee the primary issues will need to be dealt with as well if the healing is to be complete.


Getting to know my body has changed my life - Ingrid

Ingrid shares how it has taken her until well into her 60’s to begin to understand how to truly care for her body and the difference this has made to the quality of her life. She asks the most important question “why has it taken me so long to understand a body that has supported me since the day I was born”, and explores how different her life would have been if she had been raised to understand her body from when she was young.

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