Earlier today, a repairman came to look at my chimney and told me that its structure was faulty. Over time, the liner had cracked, bricks were out of place, and debris had accumulated.
Our body reflects the body of the world so, of course, his words reminded me of skin that cracks, bones that shift, and residue in our colons.
Our bodies have many structures—skeletal, digestive, cellular, etc—and they change over time through a combination of nature (hello gravity!) and nurture (helloooooo chocolate). This process of transformation—whether over the course of a day or a lifetime—is a beautiful and intricate dance of many variables that science has only begun to understand.
Fortunately, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to do something about it. To meet your body’s structure where it’s at.
You can start here:
1. Ask yourself, “Which body part occupies most of my time and attention?” Perhaps it’s your knee or your stomach or your head. There’s no right or wrong answer, only the one that speaks to you. (Word to the wise: go with your gut sense).
3. After understanding the significance above-and-beyond the tissue, give that body part something special to acknowledge the ongoing role it plays in your life. For instance, your stomach might enjoy a green smoothie, or your knees might love some sesame oil (with a bonus drop of frankincense).
We all degenerate over time. It’s simply what happens living in a gravitational force field. So the key is not to resist the structural shift—by giving your body what it needed 10 years ago—but to accept it and give it what it needs now. The glossy magazines and newsletters (including this one) can guide you, but only you can keep your fire burning bright over time.