by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Bringing your awareness to your body is an amazing feeling! One of the most beautiful ways to bring honor to anything is to touch it. With the energy transfer between two beings, the process can be a great evolution. When honoring the self, it is even more awakening. What better way to do this, than with a bar of soap and a shower.
If you usually wash with a washcloth or sponge, forego these tools and use your hands and a bar of soap. Start at the face and lather your skin. Massage it with the tips of your fingers. Feel the structure of your bones. Brush a finger over your lips and massage the sides of your nose.
Keep all thoughts and affirmations positive. This is a time to admire everything you have! Not to be our critical, judgemental selves!
Massage your ears. Pay attention to each area. Close your eyes if you want to and feel how the ears can stimulate every part of the body.
Massage your neck and throat. Use the lather to glide over your chest and down your arms. Make small circle with the suds. Feel the texture of your skin. Notice how your hands glide over the abdomen and thighs.
How often do we take a shower and wash up and not even pay attention to what we are doing? Pay special attention to yourself today! Do not let your mind wander. Keep your attention on admiring your body and how it pertains to you. Defines you. Massage each leg. Gently circle each knee and work down to your beautiful feet. Nuture each foot as you soap each toe, the tops of your feet, then firmly press on the bottoms of the foot and instep.
This is also a wonderful time for women to do your self breast exam and for men to do a self testicular exam. What better way to be honoring your body and be a conscious self aware adult.
Examining your breasts is an important way to find breast cancer early, when it’s most likely to be cured. This is a critical step you can and should take for yourself. For many, the experience is frustrating. You may feel things, but not know what they mean. However, the more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and the easier it will become for you to tell if something unusual has occurred. A breast exam is an essential part of taking care of yourself and reducing your risk of breast cancer.
Try to get in the habit of doing a breast examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine yourself several days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender. If you are no longer having periods, choose a day that’s easy to remember, such as the first or last day of the month.
Don’t panic if you think you feel a lump. Most women have some lumps or lumpy areas in their breasts all the time. Eight out of ten breast lumps that are removed are benign, non-cancerous. Follow up with your doctor and schedule your yearly mammogram.