An open letter to my body...

Dear Beautiful Body... I wanted to let you know that you are appreciated, and loved, and so very special.

I thought I hated you for a while - I won't try and hide the feelings. I will always be honest with you. I hated you for the anxiety and panic attacks. I hated you for the digestive problems you brought to me. I hated you for not looking like I wanted you to look. I hated you for not always doing exactly what I asked. I hated you for bringing me injuries and pain and discomfort. I hated you for not being as good at things as other people.

I know hate is a strong word - but at times Body, I really did think I felt this towards you.

But I am openly making you a promise today. I hope you can forgive me. I hope you can accept my apology and believe my sincerity in this.

I see you differently now.

My perspective has shifted and I am learning how to love you. I can't say I am consistently 100% there just yet - but everyday I grow more and more fond of you.

I can see past the rounded tummy and see that it houses a complex and magical set of organs which are fighting for me every second of every day.

I can see beyond the size of my thighs and realise that those muscles and that strength are what takes me on my adventures and allows me to be fit, independent and active.

I can look at your powerful arms and see that they allow me to use my hands to create wonderful food, write powerful words and enable me to fulfill my purpose every single day.

I can appreciate the anxiety and confusion that you have provided me with - and know that I can now support others because of it. I understand that it has been more educational than any course or lesson at school.

Body, you have never let me down. You have taught me everything I need to know, and I trust you to continue teaching me what I need to know from this day forward.

I want you to know Body, that I will do everything in my power to protect you, nurture you, and support you. I will surrender to your guidance and I will embrace the opportunities that you bring to me each and every day.

It won't always be easy Body, and I apologise now if I have wobbly moments and questions for you, but please know that for the first time in your life, I really have got your back.

My intention for you, Body, is to swap fear, resentment, judgment and disappointment for compassion, gentleness, admiration and love.

I give you my word that I will practice this every single day. No matter what.

Body... you, and I, have got this.