Bodysitting: Babysitting for Your Body

Picasso’s “Girl In Mirror”

Picasso’s “Girl In Mirror”

“If you could invite a trusted friend to move in and “bodysit” for a while, what instructions would you give her about its care and maintenance? Besides food and eating habits, what are your body’s needs and daily rhythms? What else should she know? When you stop to consider what is important about caring for the body you live in, you may gain some interesting insights.

* Does your face feel good wearing some makeup or is it most comfortable without any?
* Legs: smooth or furry?
* What materials feel best next to your skin?
* What if your body becomes injured or gets sick? What is your body’s tolerance for pain and medication? What are its needs for recovery?
* What is your body’s ideal comfort level for temperature, water intake, sunshine and fresh air?

You have the right to be as discerning about the choices you make concerning your body’s appearance, comfort and upkeep as you are about your body’s nutritional well-being. The style and cut of your hair reflects your preferences just like what you select to have for lunch after your salon appointment. You can effortlessly divine the most appropriate and precise foods to feed your body as you know how to adjust your evening bath water. Taking good care of your body is a huge part of your life and, at times, delightfully complicated. It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else. It is personal and most of it stays private.

Your rituals, quirky grooming habits and neuroses notwithstanding, you are the ultimate expert in managing the principles that regulate your body’s intake of wholesome foods as you are about everything else that has to do with its total care. Developing an attitude of gravitas, gratefulness and devotion about your body is the five-star standard for determining the totality and quality of its care.”

What kind of “instructions” would you want to leave that are important to you?

1 Comment
  1. Here’s my instructions: Have more fun! Take more vacations. Drink more water. Shorten the to-do list. Floss everyday. Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize!!!

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