I have been reading a really great book this last week: By John ODonohue.
Celtic Spirituality is very holistic. Spirit (soul) mind and body, all three are connected; and only when all three work together do you have an integrated sense of who you truly are.
One of the best nuggets from my reading so far is that the body doesn’t lie to us, while our mind plays all manner of games with us. When I look back over my struggles with arthritis, asthma, joint problems, sleep issues and my weight I see the truth in this laid bare.
My body was screaming the truth to me: do something to fix these problems before they kill you! But my mind was rationalizing away that the little I was doing was enough, or that I was destined to a life filled with drugs and pain.
It took my finally deciding that I had had enough. I think I understand now what reaching the bottom feels like. I was totally determined to do whatever it took to change my life. Last August I started a weight loss plan that has really made a difference and now I can feel it.
Now, when my weight has decreased to below what I have weighed in twenty plus years, I can feel a difference in my body. Not only do I feel lighter, but I have more energy and less pain. My mood is different, less pessimistic, less dark. My outlook is brighter, my step is a bit quicker and I smile more.
My mind isn’t rationalizing anymore because my body is allowing its truth to be told. Granted I am still arthritic and asthmatic, and I have about half of the weight still to lose, but with the changes in my diet and exercise those issues bother me less than they did, and. Am confident that in time I will be back to a body whose truth shows through on the outside for all the world to see.
What truth is your body telling you? Are you brave enough to listen?