The Journey of a Lifetime
I want to share with you a poem that I wrote to my One and Only (at least in this lifetime), to my faithful companion of more than 50 years – the Body of mine. With deep appreciation, I’ve come to realize just how much my body has been there for me through thick and thin. How protective and wise it was, and thankfully still is. From surviving countless accidents and food poisoning to enduring environmental hazards, including radiation exposure from the Chornobyl disaster, Lyme disease, cancer, chemotherapy, and so on, my body has been my constant companion and my rock.
So I wrote this poem as a tribute to the lifelong love affair that I have with my body. It’s not always an easy partnership – I have my moments of selfishness and stubbornness, and I don’t always give my body the care and attention that it deserves. But through it all, my body has been there, gently whispering clues and urging me to slow down and take care of myself.
Often I need a reminder to take a moment to appreciate the incredible vessel that carries me through life. I hope this poem resonates with you.
To My One and Only
my precious body, my closest partner for life.
A body to cherish, a vessel to care,
it’s not a short fling, but a lifelong love affair.
This partnership isn’t so easy, it’s true.
Sometimes I take two steps forward
and one step back, too…
Some days I’m just brutally selfish and pushy,
demanding respect for my frivolous will,
and blinded by notions that are seemingly grander and smarter then the best adviser I have as my friend,
I foolishly ruled a self-demised game.
And during the times when I lost my way,
my body was seeing me through, day after day.
There were days when I was careless and even mean,
I took it for granted, like a spoiled little queen.
But my body never gave up on me, never once.
Through all the trials and tribulations
it kept me going without hesitation.
My faithful guide, my loyal friend in times of strife,
my closest partner for life.
My body knows me better than I know myself,
it whispers clues, when I’m feeling lost and unwell,
it warns me, when I’m pushing way too hard,
and urges me to rest, listen and be on guard.
It is my faithful guide and my loyal friend,
never judging, always there… till the very end.
It’s seen me through heartbreaks and triumphs,
a steadfast guide,
helping me emerge stronger, with each stride.
Sometimes I forget to give my body the care it deserves,
but it never gives up on me, always ready to serve.
It reminds me to slow down, to breathe, to reset.
to take a break and recharge, to give myself rest.
In this lifelong love affair, I’m the first to admit,
my body is a much better partner, never throwing a fit.
I owe it not just my love, but my life too,
for carrying me through thick and thin,
lifting me up to begin anew.
In this relationship, there will be highs and lows,
but the most important thing is to be present
and to show
Love, respect and support, attention and care,
and together, we’ll be a team through all we’ll share.
(2022 © Julia Delaney)
Through it all, my body has never given up on me, always ready to serve and support me. I owe it a lot and I’m committed to nurturing this lifelong love affair with care, attention, and gratitude.
Our bodies are always talking to us. They tell us when we need to slow down, when we need to rest, and when we need to celebrate. They’re not just vehicles carrying us from A to B, they’re companions on this journey of life. It’s about time we really listened
The Body Scan practice I’m offering below has helped many get reacquainted with the body through physical sensations manifested as sensual or emotional responses.
Mind Your Body
We often forget that our bodies aren’t just there to serve us, they’re part of us. They experience every high and every low alongside us. They’re resilient, forgiving, and are always ready for the next chapter. It’s a relationship worth nurturing, a friendship worth deepening
Be Alive 🌱
Love ❤️, Julia
FROM MY HEART TO YOURS 💞
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