I’ve had a few physical issues that haven’t quite resolved themselves over the years. I never realigned my posture after my foot broke in 2004 and I am still getting over the effects of last years parasite episode in my digestive system. For awhile there I was downright frustrated with being in a physical body. When I feel well I have boundless energy and enthusiasm for life, but the past few years, I’ve had to rest far more than usual, and I’ve gotten a lot less done. I fell into the trap of being critical with my body. The angels came to me lately and said, “Ann, you might try being nicer.” And so I began a stream of sweet talk to my body every day. “Hi Left Foot! It is safe to put your entire weight upon the ground. I’m not going to do anything stupid to hurt you again! Come one. It’s safe…” Little by little I felt the weight starting to shift into greater balance.
I called upon Archangel Raphael, the healing angel to help me in my sleep. I asked him to help me crave any exercises or dietary changes that were necessary to be in perfect health once again. Immediately I started wanting to do my tai chi and yoga stretches in the morning. After a year of eating very little bread and flour I started to crave it. Humorously last week I craved scones – see recipe below – and I ate 7 out of the 12 scones the day I made them, followed up by Krispy Kreme doughnuts the following day. All this was in addition to all the good stuff I’ve been eating – grains, veggies, fruit, beans, you name it. I should be glowing. But it was the scones and doughnuts that my body needed. Magically, my digestion began to work perfectly once again! I’m not recommending you copy my body’s weird cravings, but rather talk nicely to your body and get in touch with your own! It is humorous, crazy, and magical when you truly begin to listen to your body. It doesn’t always make “nutritional” sense. But I supposed if we could crawl inside our cells and find out what is really going on, it would. I needed more carbs, more oil, and a little more sugar. Who knew!
I once gave out homework in a class I was teaching for everyone to pick a body part they hated and be kind to it and thank it for a whole week. One lady came back the following week and said she had always hated her hips, but she did the homework and thanked them all week for being strong and helping her carry her children. Magically, with no other changes, she lost five pounds. Maybe we could start a new diet crazy called the “Love Yourself Diet”!!
The same principles work for your mind. Years ago when I existed with a steady stream of self-criticism, I asked Archangel Michael to help me stop. It was indeed learned behavior and I was tired of the habit. After that, every time I criticized myself, I would hear Michael in my head, talking to me as if to a child. “Now go to the mirror, and say you are sorry!” Dutifully I’d go to the mirror, look into my own eyes, and apologize to myself for my own cruelty. After a short while, it became funny almost. I would start laughing as I took myself to the mirror and apologized for the umpteenth time.
I am not perfectly self loving all the time, but over the years the angels have taught me the incredible value of practicing kindness to all aspects of myself. When I’m angry, I say to myself, “Well its ok, you just need to change what you’re doing.” When I’m sad, I remind myself, “It’s ok. This too shall pass.” I try to do something the angels told me to do long ago and take time each day to acknowledge myself for something I feel good about. This discipline reminds me that no matter what is going on in my head, my body, or my life, love is always present.
So try out kind communication to yourself this week. Be sweet to your body, yourself, and take time to acknowledge the good inside of you too! Watch how much better you start to feel!