March 20, the first day of spring, marked the Vernal Equinox, also known as the Spring Equinox. According to almanac.com, “the word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning ‘equal night.’ All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal.”
Our March Self-Love Diet writing prompt was focusing on our bodies: what our bodies do for us, and what they allow us to do. Our April Self-Love Diet writing prompt is body equinox, bringing balance to our body.
For many, spring marks new beginnings, and when we think of new beginnings, we often think of bringing in good things into our lives. Instead of thinking of things in terms of good or bad, I want you to consider them on an equal footing. There may be light and shadow sides to something, but neither are good or bad, they equalize each other.
This past week I’ve been focusing more on caring for my body. I’ve been stretching it more. I slept in today and yesterday. I got a massage last week. I went to a yoga class a few days ago, and it felt great for my body, mind and soul. My body was a little sore after yoga. I thought it was that kind of sore that you feel when you work muscles that you haven’t used in a while. The day after yoga, I went on a hike with my cousin. I felt good that I was doing all of these things for my body, things that I categorized as “good.” My back felt sore after the hike, and last night when I was stretching, I suddenly felt a lot of pain in my back, which I’m still feeling today. I realized that going on the hike the day after I did yoga was too much for my body. I needed a day of rest.
I thought that going on that hike and all of the stretching and exercise that I was doing was “good” for my body, but I did more than my body could handle, and threw my body out of balance.
The light and shadow of exercise is that it can nurture and strengthen the body, but it can also harm the body. It’s about finding a balance with what the body needs, and listening to our bodies to find that balance.
Everything has a light and shadow side. Life is rich and is full of joy, as well as sadness. Life is filled with benefits, as well as challenges. Our experiences have depth. When we lose someone important in our life, it brings sadness, but it’s also a reflection of all the joy we experienced together. Experiencing sadness doesn’t have to be labeled “bad.” Emotions send us messages. They are tools for better understanding ourselves and our needs.
Hurting my back doesn’t have to be labeled as “bad.” My body is communicating to me that I’m doing too much. I’m pushing my body too hard, and it needs more rest and down time.
These experiences aren’t bad or good. They are our emotion’s and our body’s way of communicating with us, helping us to bring ourselves into balance.
For April, I want you to think about what your body needs to be in balance. What does it mean to be in balance? And does taking away the categories of “bad” and “good” change how you view balance?
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet journey,
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. You can also purchase a copy Michelle’s book through Amazon. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.