I know this is a strange topic, but it is rolling through my consciousness. As I stood in front of the mirror this morning moaning and groaning about the size of my belly, I had an inkling within to embrace and love my stomach as it is. Taking the lead from Spirit, I have decided to do just that–love my belly and offer it gratitude.
This stomach of mine has endured a lot of abuse over the years. I’ve swallowed gallons of anger, tons of emotional pain, pounds of shaming abusive words and actions, and I’ve dumped and carried my stress in it. Over the years I’ve eaten foods that were unhealthy, drank alcohol immoderately,and swallowed toxins on a daily basis.
I’ve had gastric distress and ignored it, taken meds that all but depleted my gut of its friendly flora, and have been known as the belching queen, the crop duster and the ferocious farter. And through it all, I’ve kept on ignoring my gut.
The abuse I’ve handed it began to catch up with me about a year ago and as I look at my large belly I feel gratitude that it finally got my attention. For close to a year I have been aware my GI tract was screaming at me to notice it.
I laid on the floor this morning with my hands embracing my belly. I thanked it for seeing me through so many difficult times and for continuing to serve me even when I abused it. Though I filled it with toxins it kept on working for me. I am grateful it got big enough and sick enough for me to finally give it my attention.
How am I honoring and nurturing my gut? I’m on a diet of acceptance and compassion, I’m no longer pushing myself to do more or to be more which has relieved me of mountains of stress, and I’m loving where and who I am. On the physical side I’m eating more whole cleaner foods but smaller portions, I’m giving myself a daily shake made of coconut milk, ground flaxseed powder, rice protein and fruit,and I take marshmallow root which is an excellent demulcent.
My belly has not shrunk at all even though I’ve made these changes, but I’m willing to love it as it is and continue to fill it with kindness and love. Today, I embrace my stomach and say thank you for getting my attention and for continuing to work for me.
How about you? Is any area of your body calling to you for attention? Could today possibly be a good day for you to embrace and pay homage to a part of yourself that you do not like, or have ignored?The universe would not be the same without you.
You are important. Love and peace ∞ Brenda