inhabit
/ɪnˈhæb ɪt/
to exist or be situated within; dwell in

 “Strengthening of the immune system occurs when you inhabit the body.  The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes.  It is as if every cell awakens and rejoices.  The body loves your attention.  This awareness of the inner body is a potent form of self-healing.  Most illnesses creep in when you are not present in your body.  If the master is not present in the house, all kinds of shady characters will take up residence there.  When you inhabit your body, it will be hard for unwanted guests to enter.”

This is a quote I have loved and carried around with me for years, and this, dear reader, has been one of my greatest challenges.  I think I’ve spent much of my life as a walking “head”!  Oh, how I love to think and learn and analyze and create!  Though these may be admirable attributes, as the years have gone by, I realize more and more how critical it is to balance this by sinking into the body and the breath—to be truly present, to listen to the body, to love and have gratitude for the body, to celebrate the body, to enjoy the body.

So much of what trips us up, is not allowing stillness—not pausing to see if there is anything that comes up, anything that needs to be felt.  Sometimes we fill our lives with so much busyness to avoid this.  Together, let’s learn to soften and stay with ourselves, befriend ourselves, and celebrate and explore all kinds of ways to sink back into our beautiful, sensual, miraculous bodies……

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Lisa McDonald, CHC, AADP is a certified health and lifestyle coach in Denver, Colorado.  She received her training from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado, and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  She graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991 with a BA in History. She lives in Denver with her tender-hearted husband, her lovely step-daughter, and two of her three sweet girls, as one has flown the nest and is a Bear at Berkeley in California!

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