We walk through life disconnected, hurried, rushed. So often we are living in our head, not our body. When we exercise, are we really even present in our body? When we eat are we even experiencing the experience of eating? If we dislike how our body looks, do we disengage from it, ignore it? As my mentor and Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Marc David states, “it is absolutely impossible for clients to achieve real lasting weight loss or shape-shifting or any kind of deep level healing, if they are checked out of their body.”
The theme and practice of Embodiment will be discussed throughout my upcoming Weekend of Nourishment because it is a vital piece to healing your relationship with food, body and self. If you have challenges with body image, are a chronic dieter, are always trying to lose weight are living a high stress, fast-paced lifestyle, chances are, you are disembodied. Learning how to reconnect and inhabit the body is the #1 strategy to making long-lasting shifts in body image and in your relationship with food.
Consider your relationship with your body, similar to a personal relationship. Healing your relationship with your body is very much like healing your personal relationship. How can you expect it to grow, to change, to flow, to work if you are disengaged, unkind and disconnected from it? If you want to shift your body, lose weight, make peace with it, surrender to it, embrace it, whatever it may be for you, you have to be in it first! You have to be present, be kind, understanding, listen to its messages, work with it and most importantly bring love and compassion to it.
There are many ways we can practice embodiment and many will be discussed in my Women’s weekend such as conscious eating, embracing the Feminine and personal care (more to come on that in my next feature article). One of the most powerful ways in which we can embody is through movement.
As part of my Weekend of Nourishing Body, Mind and Soul, I have invited 2 amazing teachers to help guide us through different forms of movement. The first session will be Saturday afternoon with an Introductory to Barre and Sunday morning we will begin our day with a beautiful embodied breath and stretch session. I wanted to incorporate movement in the weekend to help us embody, to land back in, to reacquaint, to feel, be present and most importantly to bring a little love and consciousness back to our bodies. The truth is, our body works better for us, when we are connected to it, when we make peace with it, when we love on it. That is exactly what you will experience in my Weekend of Nourishment.
Yours in Health Vitality,