Why do we deny our bodies?
As a corollary to my recent “You Are Your Body”, I came to the conclusion that:
We are ascetics. We willfully torture our bodies like we’re settling a score.
We try to disassociate from it. We think if we ignore it, we won’t have to listen to it.
Our body, the critical engine of our survival, and we don’t even bother to read the manual?
We skip the maintenance, pour on the mileage, and void the warranty.
We starve it, stuff it, sit it, sleep deprive it, and over stimulate it.
Like going cross country without filling the tank or getting a tune-up.
Still, we rely on it to provide sustenance for our journey.
We are ashamed of our bodily functions and change the subject quickly when they come up.
We all want the shiny new object and miracle transformations from a social media influencer.
We watch it atrophy and wait like sheep for the inevitable slaughter with a world weary sigh.
We settle in to a life of limitation and misery as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Your body and your mind were alloyed at co ception for a reason: so you can fully experience this thing called life.
Your pilot is in constant contact with your cabin.
We shouldn’t have to get our marching orders from someone in a lab coat. Someone who was taught to prescribe and not proscribe.
Someone who received fifteen minutes of nutrition training out of eight years of study.
We should understand our bodies innately, for it is a work of magnificent art.
You can’t deny it. So don’t.
Denial is not a river in Egypt.