I talk to my body a lot, albeit usually in my head. But i find making an enemy of it doesn’t help at all. For example, I used to get frustrated with my legs for spasming. But it would never make any difference, other than to make me more stressed. Now though, I’m more soothing towards them - it’s not my leg’s fault after all. And the spasms will usually calm down quicker, or at the very least I’ll feel more calm & relaxed. It’s sort of like having a baby that’s crying - get angry with it, or even just plead with it to stop, and the baby will probably carry on crying. But if you’re soothing & accepting, it will probably settle down more easily.
On the weakness thing though, here’s an interesting experiment for you to try on 2 people. Person 1 has to hold out their arm in front of them, then person 2 has to push down on their arm for a few seconds while the first person tries to keep their arm out straight.
Next, person 1 can put their arm down, then has to close their eyes & say ‘I am weak and unworthy’ out loud ten times. (People often don’t like saying that & will rush through it, but it’s best to get them to take the time and really feel the words.) Then repeat the experiment - person 1 holds their arm out straight and tries to keep it straight while person 2 tries to push down it down. Note whether or not it was easier to push their arm down.
Finally, person 1 can put their arm down again, then has to close their eyes & say ‘I am strong and worthy’ ten times out loud. Again, this shouldn’t be rushed. And then repeat it again, with person 1 trying to keep their arm out straight while person 2 tries to push it down.
Chances are, it will have been easiest to push person 1’s arm down after they said they were weak & unworthy, and hardest to do it after they said they were strong & worthy. And I think that’s fascinating for us with an illness that’s defined by weakness. Obviously, as Tina says, that doesn’t mean MS is all in our heads and we can ‘fix’ it just by thinking better. But how much do we make things just a little bit harder for ourselves by telling us that we’re weak & will find things difficult? I use the ‘strong & worthy’ trick a lot now, and my body is always a bit stronger afterwards.