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What my body has taught me

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Marianne Elliott

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(This is a poem I wrote for The Body Stories, compiled by Sas Petherick. Get your free copy here)

My body has taught me

I am stronger than I realize

And more fragile than I like.

I can endure pain with courage

And be reduced to tears by a virus.

I am marvelous, miraculous, mysterious.

My body has itโ€™s own deep intelligence.

I carry my memories in my cells.

I am constantly being born anew.

I hold tight to fear and resistance.

I breathe deeply, and let go.

My legs will carry me farther than I think I can walk.

My heart will keep beating even when it is broken.

My mouth will kiss, laugh, drink tea and eat chocolate.

My skin will shiver with pleasure.

My bones will tell the weather.

My feet will find the path.

My hands will sooth a crying child.

And write a story that will make you cry.

And pour you a glass of wine.

And brush your hair.

And stroke your cheek.

And hold your hand.

My body will chop wood.

And carry water.

My body understands the wisdom of rest.

The beauty of stillness.

The power of touch.

The importance of dance.

And that there is only this. Here. Now.

My body understands joy, delight and play.

My body knows what I am hungry for.

My body has taught me to pay attention to my desires.

To listen to my gut.

To trust my appetites.

My body has taught me I am human.

I am here.

I am beautiful.

I am powerful.

I am brave.

I am scared.

I am alive.

And I am grateful.


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6 Responses to "What my body has taught me"

  1. Anne-Marie says:

    This is beautiful, Marianne. And I love the photo of you, too.

  2. Leonie says:

    I love this Marianne

  3. Jo Henson says:

    I think your poem sings of honesty and a realness that I could relate to. Thanks for sharing your writing – beautifulness in a poem.

  4. a.q.s. says:

    really enjoyed this! so lovely.

  5. Mary Montanye says:

    This made ME cry. Thank you for sharing it, darling Marianne.

  6. duane pool says:

    Found this lovely post by you on Pinterest.

    The first comment on the post stated:

    The second comment by another person stated:
    “I’m breathless.”

    To which I added:
    “I’m speechless!”

    I had to come and find you, I had to discover “this one who uses words to stun, and vanquish the breath and words of others.”

    Lovely, just lovely.
    Well done, well done…
    Yes, I shared the post!



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