Our body and our soul is separate. Our soul is who we are. Our body is the house we have been given. It's our rental for this life and we only get one.
It was given to us knowing how to operate far better than our soul was equipped to understand.
At least, to start. We have to get to know our house, understand how the electricity works, the plumbing, where the light switches are, the security system, and the heating and cooling.
Like any house, it also needs regular care. Wiring gets old, plumbing issues arise and paint needs touched up, making it ever more important to know your house to understand how to fix it. Your the only one authorized to work on it day by day. Equipping your self with a hefty tool chest is essential.
As maintenance is repeatedly needed, it becomes ever more apparent that taking care of this house every day could save you repair time. For instance, if you shove a whole roll of toilet paper down the drain immediate work will be needed to get things working again. And then there are other issues, issues that are slower to make themselves known as an issue. Things like pouring grease down the kitchen sink drain, or letting an army of termites invade the foundation. Not such an issue for years, but eventually could end up tearing the house down.
This concept of taking care of your house is paralleled when approaching good health choices with your body. We could arguably say our gut is the foundation. Even being called our second brain, gut health is responsible for so much more than just whether we have a stomach ache. Mood and brain health, immune system, proper vitamins for cell development, cardiovascular, nervous system, all nourishment for our entire existence passes through and is derived from our gut! We take the foundation of our house for granted. We ingest unidentifiable 'foods' and known toxins and kill off good gut bacteria with medications with long lists of side effects. We boast a cast iron stomach, yet wonder why we have no energy, are depressed and overweight, with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, with bouts of ibs. We are unleashing an army of termites on our foundation and doing nothing to repair it. We wonder why our house is falling down?! It all comes back to our nutrition. Our nutrition equals the labor of love we show our rental. We forget that wishing from our soul for a better house will do nothing to fix our house. We aren't magicians, we are tenants that are responsible for the upkeep and repairs.
I challenge you this week to change your thoughts around your body. Imagine it as the lifetime rental you have been given the responsibility to take care of. What can you change to properly show your House the attention it needs to keep it sound and strong for years to come?
Let's start with the foundation!