The Body is a Battlefield

| Trisha Gund, LCSW

The body is a battlefield. The logical mind acts as the commanding officer, assessing the risks, calling the shots, ultimately sending you out onto the frontlines. The emotions are there, lobbying for justice, for what is “right.” Much of the battle occurs on the mental field, but at the end of the battle it is our physical body that is left with the scars. 

These scars can be visible. White lines across your wrists that remind you of a time that you felt too much, or nothing at all. Stretch marks that are a constant reminder that you are giving your body the nutrition it needs to grow, even when you don’t want to. 

These scars can be invisible yet impact you physically; the way your stomach drops and you catch your breath when you see someone who looks like a trusted loved one who hurt you. Tearing up when “that” song comes on and it hits you that you will never be able to listen to it with them again. 

This post is not meant to bring you down. This is meant as a reminder to honor your body, even on days when it is painful to live in it. Your body has carried you through so many changes, both painful and wonderful. Take several moments now to sit in your body and notice your breath as you inhale and exhale. Notice the vibrant colors that you are able to see right here in this moment. Think about the emotions that came up the last time you played with a pet, hugged a loved one, or just enjoyed sitting close to a friend. Hold on to these thoughts and feelings for just a moment more. 

Your body is the container that allows you to move through this world and find a sense of connection and purpose. Honor the scars that it gathers along the way, and try to cultivate a sense of appreciation for the strength that it is developing. 

Today's the day to make a change.