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Thank You, Body

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is: bodily functions

Bodily functions do not work as well as we get older. Some days they work fine, but you never know. Or maybe you do know if you over did the yard work again and the body is slower and stiffer the next day. We learn to pace ourselves, to be gentle. Except when we don’t and think we’re 20 or 30. The body reminds us we are older.

I wonder if this is nature’s way of preparing us to move on from the body. We become more spiritual perhaps.

My body is getting better all the time at giving me feedback – to stretch more, to take a nap, to not eat dairy like I used to. For years now, my body tells me I’m too stressed by giving me acid reflux or gas or a headache from too much time on the computer. Thanks, body, my old friend. What will I ever do without you? Fly to see the northern lights? How will my eyes see if they are gone? Maybe I will see more clearly. I hope so.

But for now, I’ll stay a while and try to take good care of my body – my feet which I take so for granted- need lotion. I need to take some deep breaths to move the oxygen in and open up. Thank you, body.

PS: Sometimes I think it would be more authentic to make my profile picture reflect my  current age. The one I have been using is at least ten years old. Maybe today’s the day. Or maybe not.

 

skinny looking JoAnne (3)

This is how I really look now. Well, not now as I type this, but most of the time out in public.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

29 thoughts on “Thank You, Body

  1. I too love taking care of my body. I believe we should treat our bodies like sacred temples and take the best care of them 🙂

  2. Yes, its funny how our body really is the boss when we start getting older and we realize we are not 20 any more or 30…or…

  3. Beautiful post and BEAUTIFUL photo of yourself dearest JoAnna… Our age is just a number, some days my own body reminds me of my own age and I have learnt over the decades to follow its voice… Naps are a now my Power Naps, and I often take one in the afternoons.. ( especially in this heat we are not used to in England )… Stretching, yes I need to do more of.. Though I think my garden exercise keeps me in better shape 🙂 ..
    Funny how we instinctively refrain from certain foods, I too have been cutting our dairy … 🙂
    But I also think its more than that.. We are also preparing spiritually for the next stages in our development, and we are becoming more ‘In tune’ with our ‘higher-selves’

    Loved your photo and sending much love to you.. ❤

  4. Very nice job of describing the stuff that
    Hits us all these days. I like the profile pic.

  5. Good morning beautiful lady. Nice post.

  6. I really appreciated your post and the subject is exactly what I’m struggling with right now. It was so helpful to read your perspective and helped me recognize I’m not alone as I watch my body react differently and/or more slowly than it used to. No one tells us about this, it just happens and we have to make peace with it as we go along. There are times I think there’s something physically wrong with me when I have a symptom, when it’s really my body telling me to take it slow or take care of myself differently.

    • You got it! The symptoms can seem mysterious, but thankfully, our bodies still know how to heal and recover more or less and slower than they used to. I’m so glad you found my post helpful. You are definitely not alone!

  7. Nice picture! I like it better than the one you’ve been using (the old one is a little blurry, or maybe that’s me…)

    St. Francis of Assissi would refer to his body as “Brother Ass.” And you don’t get more spiritual than St. Francis of Assissi.

    • Thank you, John. Yes, the old picture was blurry. I thought I knew a lot about my favorite saint, St. Francis, but I did not know that! Now, I’m curious.

  8. P.S. – You look super cute and adorable! Love your new gravatar ❤

  9. Absolutely loved this — “I wonder if this is nature’s way of preparing us to move on from the body. We become more spiritual perhaps.” I think so. Also, people are not their shells.

  10. Yes, our bodies talk to us – we just pay attention more now that we’re older and have less time ahead of us to risk getting physically hurt. I think it also helps us slow down and appreciate things more. PS – You’re beautiful!

    • Thank you, Shelley. I hadn’t thought of having less time to get hurt in an injury. I sure am more careful than I used to be. Still stuff to do and appreciate!

  11. Great post. Today I spent s good hour in the pool getting much needed exercise which my body has been screaming for. You’re reminding me to listen and not make my body scream so loud!! Your pic is beautiful!!!

    • Thank you, Deborah. Sounds like you enjoyed the pool. Swimming is my favorite exercise, and I’d like to do more of it, but stretching and walking fill in the gaps.

  12. Hi JoAnna,

    My thought is just this: Gosh, you are beautiful!
    I like your gravatar. I like that you do what you want to do, when you want to do it – independence/interdependence! I find your way of expressing yourself to be very inspiring, and serene. Your energy to me feels very open and willing, honest, and I see you improving in all sorts of ways that are in-body and beyond body. Does that make sense? I see your ability to overcome anything as to trust and to love….. it’s just both gorgeous and exciting to witness. I feel your excitement for life.

    Naps do get easier as we get older. I used to never nap. Now I nap – and it’s refreshing, and I’ve been early to bed for a while, but soon I’ll have a later shift to work, and so I”ll be keeping the eyes peeled once again after my current and more persistently regular bedtime.

    Aloha dear friend, Ka

    • Your affirmation means a great deal to me and lifts my spirit. Improving in-body and beyond-body does make sense. I appreciate this because my improvements these days are not the same as they used to be. I am no longer subject to productivity according to someone’s business standard. My flow is becoming more organic, more real and relevant to my soul. Thank you so much, Ka, for bringing this more clearly into my awareness. Aloha and sweet dreams. ❤

  13. Your affirmation means a great deal to me and lifts my spirit. Improving in-body and beyond-body does make sense. I appreciate this because my improvements these days are not the same as they used to be. I am no longer subject to productivity according to someone’s business standard. My flow is becoming more organic, more real and relevant to my soul. Thank you so much, Ka, for bringing this more clearly into my awareness. Aloha. ❤

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