Is your back really “bad”? Does it smoke? Sneak out of the house at night? Is it really that baaad? This humor shows that we talk a lot of smack about our bodies. For instance, “too short”, “too tall”, “too wide”, “too narrow”.
But be careful what you say, because most physicians are now acknowledging that the brain and body are connected. Studies show stress can make you susceptible to illness, or good social relationships can improve your cardiovascular health.
Slapping a negative label on your back means you are dismissing it without really understanding it. “Bad” also implies it deserves punishment. Being conscious of the language we use to describe our bodies can lead to something more profound… maybe having it hurt less.
Judith Orloff, M.D. and author ofÂ The Ecstasy of Surrender says, “Putting negative labels on your body is just an overactive mind that has lost track of how to see things with heart. Saying wonderful things to your body is more than a linguistic issue. It is a deeply spiritual issue and the point is to learn to love your physical form and revere it.” That means rebellious ankles, naughty knees and all.