We are so incredibly honored to continue our Body Trust® Insights series with a dear community member, Alesia Zorn. Alesia, thank you for your courage, your vulnerability, and your beautiful heart! It is a blessing to have your presence here.
“Through the years, whenever I’ve had a health incident, I’ve always thought my body betrayed me but…I’ve flipped my thinking. My body has gotten me through abuse, illness, broken bones, that’s hardly betrayal!”
- What brought you to Be Nourished?
I was referred to your website by a counselor and reading “work different, not harder” really spoke to me.
- What has surprised you the most as you have practiced Body Trust® Wellness?
That I have an Inner Mentor, not just my loud, obnoxious Inner Critic. The Critic has been so loud for so long, I couldn’t even hear my poor Mentor.
- What are three things you feel are most important to remember when moving towards body-acceptance?
Kindness, kindness, kindness. For me, self-compassion is a new practice and, I’m realizing, really key.
- How has your body, just as it is, helped you survive in the world?
It keeps going even though I haven’t treated it kindly or appreciated it. There was a woman in group who’d just overcome a health crisis and she said “and my body just kept fighting for me!” That rocked my world. Through the years, whenever I’ve had a health incident, I’ve always thought my body betrayed me but since that night at group, I’ve flipped my thinking. My body has gotten me through abuse, illness, broken bones, that’s hardly betrayal!
- What is your favorite way to celebrate the body you are in today?
Only wearing things I love, not just something that fits.
- What is your favorite food and how do you like to enjoy it?
I’ve been asking myself this question for the past 2 weeks, since I first received the questionnaire. I keep coming back to, “the list of favorites is too long!” My favorites vary from day to day and how I enjoy them also varies, sometimes it’s with a big group of friends & family, sometimes it’s a small, intimate dinner with a loved one, sometimes it’s me alone sitting in the quiet and savoring a white nectarine, a truffle, a fine steak, whatever it is. So many variables! I’m realizing what I DON’T enjoy is the guilty binge, I don’t enjoy the food, I don’t enjoy that experience at all and I’m trying to remember that before there’s an “incident.”
- What brings you back to the practice of Body Trust™ when you get away from it?
I physically don’t feel well. I realize that the feeling unwell has been a lifetime occurrence, but now I know it’s my body will tell me to be more attentive. When mind & body are more in tune, I feel better.
- Self-compassion means…
See above about kindness. When I find myself slipping into negative self talk, I try to stop myself and think about it. I would NEVER say to another the things I’ve been telling myself.
- What is inspiring you right now? (book, music, blog, etc)
Really, the Body Trust Network. I haven’t been very active on it, but I read it and watch the videos and it brings me back to what I want my new reality to be.
- Favorite quote or poem?
When the introspection, facing hurts & emotional scars seems scary and too tough, the words “there’s nothing in here that will eat you” help me work through it. “Fall down 7 times, get up 8.” Also Churchill’s,
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
- Any words of wisdom for someone who is just getting started? What would you have liked to know when you were new to the practice?
Go in with an open mind and an open heart and trust – trust yourself, your body and the wonderful women who will guide you through the process.