My Body is A Vessel

My body is a vessel.  It will carry me through this life.  I will take care of it to the best of my ability.  I will respect it.  I will love it. I will listen to each of its imperfections and the wisdom they have for me.  I will love the imperfections and care for them.


My body has so much wisdom! It holds my mind, it holds my spirit, and it holds my soul.  My body has a job. It carries me. It gives me energy. It holds my emotions. It holds my intelligence. It can bring life and sustain life.


I will learn to listen to its wisdom. I will not starve it. I will not overload it. I will learn that if I am still and pay attention, my body will tell me just what it needs.  It knows when it is full.  It knows when it is hungry.  It doesn’t need a clock, or a point system, or a calorie counter. It has a system built inside that knows just the right amount of fuel to give it the energy it needs to carry me through the day.  I will not disrespect it or that system.


My body knows when I am tired and it will tell me to rest.  It will tell me when I am stressed, and I will take a break. I will not envy other’s bodies, because I will remember that my vessel is created just for me and it has just what I need to take me through this life.  I will remember that all vessels come in different shapes and sizes and I will not compare it to others.


I am the captain of this vessel.  It was created for me, and I will make it what I want it to be.  I will demand the respect it deserves not just from others but from myself.  I will remember that while others can hurt my body, I do the majority of the damage to it myself.  I will not do that.  I will look for each flaw and I will embrace it and love it and ask it what it needs and I will hold it up in the utmost respect even in all of its imperfection.


My body is perfect for me.  Flaws and all.  It will carry me through this life.


Author: Ingrid Higgins is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with teens. She can be reached at 408-579-9806, or by email at