Body temple – caring and loving self-talk – practicing holy language
Element of Earth
By Nidhi Chaitow
In this series: Circle of self-nurturing and self-care | Mental self-nurturing and self-care | Spiritual self-nurturing and self-care | Relational self-nurturing and self-care | Emotional self-nurturing and self-care
Honouring and respecting your body is as important as honouring and respecting the Earth. It seems that most of our negative energy and lack of care happen here, in the physical aspect of self-nurturing and self-care. This is more than how you physically groom and take care of yourself. It is in the narrative and judgment at the physical aspects of yourself.
Let’s take a moment here and conduct an experiment. Close your eyes and use your breath to become present with yourself. Be still. Become aware of your self-talk in this moment. How do you speak to yourself? What is the feeling that is associated with your words? Where do you feel this narrative in your body? When you can’t manage something physically, how do you respond to yourself? Give yourself some time and space to be with what you discovered in this experiment. Perhaps use your journal to make some notes.
There is a bombardment of information by the media, especially now during this time. The information is often false and it impacts your body, your feelings, emotions and your soul. It’s based on fear and if you are not present and centered, it could influence much of what you believe about yourself. The most important thing that you can do to take care and nurture yourself is to TAKE CARE OF AND NURTURE YOURSELF. To be discerning in what you take into your fragile biological system – your Body Temple.
The element of Earth represents physical sensations, our senses, patience, stability, strength, health, grounding and centredness. It promotes peace, fertility, business success, warmth, comfort and being physical. The earth element nurtures and honours your survival instincts. It resonates with your sense of grounding and connection with your body and the physical plane. It has the potential to bring you health, prosperity, security and presence. This happens when you nurture and care for your body and honour its fragility.
When I speak to myself using ‘holy language’, in a loving and honouring way, my body responds in flow. When I speak to myself using harsh and critical language, I become sad, stuck, experience pain and stiffness. When I affirm myself gently, especially when I can’t do something or make a mistake, I feel more compassion and love for who I am. I am then able to nurture and care for myself. I can allow myself space to try again and it feels so much easier. I don’t have to tell you the outcome when the opposite happens. Try being gentle and loving toward yourself for a few seconds. You may be really surprised at what happens in your body and your environment.
Caroline Myss, speaks about ‘Holy Language’. She says “Understanding the power of holy language can change your life. Holy language has the capacity to inspire you, to open your inner world to guidance, to bring you to a place of resolution, and to help you see your way through a dark night. We turn to holy language when we need healing, when we are in despair, and when we recognize we have been given a miracle. Ordinary language is simply inadequate to communicate the gratitude of the soul.”
Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes in your self-talk. Bringing Holy Language into the way you speak to yourself will begin to change how you affirm, honour and value your exceptional body. Self-affirmation also helps to bring relief from the effects of anxiety and stress.
Physical Self-Nurturing and Self-Care is integral in loving yourself and your body. Using Holy Language as affirmations to speak to yourself in a loving and affirming way brings you peace and flow. The most important aspect of nurturing and caring for yourself physically is to lovingly and kindly speak to yourself. To encourage yourself. To allow yourself to try again and to discern what you allow into your internal world. Changing your self-talk into a ‘holy language’ narrative is a gift of affirmation and love for who you are. It honours and respects your body and it honours and respects the Earth. Your home.
Be Always Blessed, Nidhi-Amanda xx