A Bedtime Story for You and Your Body
By Molly Patrick
Feb 5, 2022,
Your precious body allows you to have a human experience.
It is how you are able to move through this world.
It is your gracious, patient, accommodating host, and you are its guest.
From birth until death it is your companion.
Sleeping, walking, breathing, bathing, crying, cooking, eating, peeing, reading, creating.
Your body is there with you.
It holds all your secrets. It shares your stories.
It looks different now than it used to, how could it not?
Sun, wind, babies, rain, loss, fights, trauma, scars, food, habits, pain, typing, airplanes, babies that were not meant to be, lovers, viruses, war, time, celebrations, illness, diets. The collective imprint of life.
And yet, it is still here, moving you through it all.
A little worn around the edges. Weathered from the storms. A bit more tired than in the beginning, but so much wiser from all the planetary spinning.
Your body will not last forever, we have just the one. No chance for an exchange and no line for refunds. You have what you were so graciously given by the powers that be, do you know this is a rarity?
Later this evening when the sun goes down and your day is done. When the loose ends are stowed away and the messy bits no longer at play.
And take a moment to marvel at your body, just as it is. With as much awe and wonder as you have for the full moon in the night sky. Your body is just as stunning and sublime.
Tenderly caress the areas that have been gently kissed by time.
Acknowledge its power. Love it unconditionally.
Bathe in its brilliance comfortably.
The most important relationship you will ever have, your one true love.
For you would not be here, experiencing this life without it.