The Beauty of the Body

July 12th, 2012 · 0 comments

There is a humorous saying I’ve always liked: “If I’d known how long I was going to live, I’d have taken better care of my body!”

I would simply like to take a moment to reflect on how wonderful our bodies are. Our bodies are miraculously resilient, capable, and adaptable. Even more interesting to me–they are where we live. For our entire lives.

It is astonishing to me how much time and money people spend on their cars, homes, clothes and hobbies, while allowing their bodies to go largely neglected. I am sometimes reminded that many people live in chronic pain, to the extent that it becomes a normal state. This is so unneccesary. Even the most chronic injuries can find some relief in proactive work- acupuncture, massage, yoga, and many other forms of activity can release the body from chronic pain.

Today, while swimming with a friend at Barton Springs (his very first time!), he remarked that his chronic back pain had not bothered him in the past 3 weeks- ever since the first massage I gave him! This buoyed my spirit, knowing that a simple hour of therapeutic bodywork can unravel nagging aches and leave the body lighter. To be frank, it made my day. Furthermore, I immediately booked a massage for myself for this week.

It’s never too late to invest in yourself. More important, in my opinion, than all the trappings of the material world, is the core of it all- the body you live in, and how it FEELS to live in that body.

Take care of your miraculous body- you never know how long you might end up living in it!

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