In the last decade I have come to realize that there is one thing that is with me for every thought, action, choice and behaviour in my life . . . and that is my body.
I will be turning 40 next year and to be honest I have no hang-ups about that, in fact I am looking forward to growing older. Why? The answer is simple . . . when I look back over the last ten years of my life, where I have dedicatedly taken more true care of myself, and then when I look at the years before that, remember how I felt in my body and how I was living, I can only appreciate the beauty and support I have offered myself and my body. Me and My body today in my late 30’s feel amazing, there is a vitality, a glow and a zest for life that I did not feel in my 20’s. I know that seems back to front, but it’s true.
Today I think - if I feel this great approaching 40 then I can’t wait to live and feel to the beauty, wisdom and purpose approaching 50, 60, 70 and so on will bring.
Supporting my body and truly looking after myself has been the best gift I have given myself. It has not only allowed me to bring more to life today but it has made me astutely aware how fundamental looking after myself and treating myself with deep care is. It really is the cornerstone of what we bring to life and how we respond to everything that plays out around us in life.
I know that I want:
to be working and supporting others until my last breath, however that may look.
to take care of this body, as I may be in it for another 40 years or so
to reflect the truth of who I am, and we all are from this body
to be very much a apart of life and present with myself and those dear to me.
to be remembered with a smile on my face and a body that embraces people and life
to do everything I can to do my part in taking responsibility for looking after the body I am in
to be committed to living and supporting my body to age with the grace I came into this life with.
In the last ten years, supporting myself, and my body has included many things, such as listening to my body, offering myself a deeply restful sleep, eating foods that support my body, adjusting my food and quantities as needed, being gentle and present with the way I move and exercise, being aware of what I am doing when I am doing it, allowing myself moments to stop and surrender, being willing to engage, be open and develop deep relationships with people, check in with my body and honour what I am feeling, and re-imprint patterns and behaviours that do not truly serve me or my body.
Today I know . . . True health supports you to be all of you.
Health cannot be boxed to a few simple activities - it is about holding a consistence true quality and vitality that is natural.
I am constantly inspired to stand in my own unique, natural and true self – to self-care and continue to let go of the false ideals, patterns and beliefs that lessen who I was naturally born to be. With this as my foundation I support myself to bring the true me into every facet of my life, to every interaction and every relationship - with no perfection of course.
And with this I can say . . . bring on the rest of my life!
By Johanna Smith, Bachelor of Education (Major Special Needs, Minor Psychology), Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood, Studying Diploma of Counseling, Esoteric Complementary Health Practitioner, Woman, Teacher, Mother, Wife and Friend