Can you think of one part of your body that doesn’t want to be nourished? Is there one cell, organ or tissue that doesn’t care if it is properly nourished or fed? Think about this for one moment. Think about the absolute miracle your body represents. No matter what kind of stress you put it through, it wakes up every day, moves you around, provides opportunity to laugh, cry and sing, without for the most part missing a beat.
Yet, we are surrounded by images, which say we should always be improving on what we have. Between gym commercials, magazine articles and the borage of glossy, seductive photos of sleek models and muscular men, we are relentlessly being sold the possibility of upgrade.
Constantly told to diet, to de-wrinkle, slim down, smooth out and tone up what we’ve been given to walk around in. I would say that although Spring is joyful in its rebirth, it also seems to evoke an almost painful desire by most to fix what they will soon have to reveal in Summer clothing. If you are like me, for much of my life, the idea of putting on a bathing suit and parading into public places is a recipe for panic. But what is the effect of all that emotional charge surrounding something so simple as a trip to the beach or pool?
It has been well documented that our bodies are more than complex chemical lumps. We exist as electromagnetic wonders. Our own chromosomes emit light and radio like signals. Emotions, although appearing to emerge from our brain, are electromagnetic in nature as well, powerful enough to cause observable changes to cell structure and function of both our bodies and life around us. In essence, every emotional experience creates a bath of information for all of our cells, programming them with the messages we send.
If we put on that bathing suit and think: “You are disgusting.” “I hate this belly, these legs…” and “Oh my god is that fat on my back??? – our cells receive the message loud and clear. Studies on DNA have shown that non-loving thoughts cause our DNA molecule to become less functional, adopting a non-bundled shape, which does not allow it to communicate properly. Self-condemnation is not conducive to life.
I wonder what this Summer season would bring if we embraced its unfolding with wonder and joy. If we donned our shorts and tank tops, our bathing suits and sun dresses in celebration of the emergence of the sun, of the warmth we have all been so desperate to feel all winter long. I think about how this would shift not just our own experience, but that of our young people, our teenagers and young adults, learning from observation on how to think and what to feel about themselves.
What if our broadcast message were simply “I am enough”. I wonder how many others we would inspire to feel the awesome presence of life within and all around us, speaking truth and beauty – offering release for these programmed “imperfections”.
Spring is a time of renewal and beginning. So, perhaps we bring to this beginning the idea that this is the starting place of a dynamically awesome relationship with our self, our cells, our bodies, our entire being. And our swim trunks.