So often, as we sprint through the day, the last thing we think about is our body.
The last thing we think about is the inner machinery that’s involved in the seemingly simplest of movements: opening our eyes in the morning; glancing about the room, hitting the snooze button (a few times); shifting our feet from the bed to the floor; walking (or running) into the bathroom; splashing water onto our faces; picking up a toothbrush; turning on the faucet for a hot shower.
In those few minutes, our bodies perform great feats.
And we haven’t even talked about the behind-the-scenes work — our hearts beating and our lungs breathing.
We haven’t even talked about the more complex movements like dancing, running, practicing yoga, doing a push-up, swimming, skiing, scaling a mountain, making art, making love.
We haven’t even talked about the personal passions our bodies let us pursue. Writing. Singing. Sketching. Performing surgery. Performing on stage. Reading. Baking. Strolling along the shore, feet sinking into the sand, eyes marveling at the beauty, nose breathing in the salty air, ears listening to the seagulls and water meeting land.
Naturally, because we’re human (i.e., imperfect, easily pulled into the past, easily shaken by worries of the future), we take it all for granted.
This Valentine’s Day, give your body the gift of gratitude. Create a list of the seemingly small and big things your body helps you do. Or write a letter to your body expressing thanks.
Then spend just a few minutes basking in the awe of what your body accomplishes every second of the day.
Ask your loved ones to join you, too, and write about the things they’re grateful for when it comes to their bodies. If they’re stuck, share a genuine compliment with them, or share what you’re thankful for.
Our bodies are equal parts magic and awe-inspiring machines. They are our vessels. Our instruments. Our tools. Our teachers. Our wisest companions.
Acknowledge this today. Tomorrow. Next week. Every day.
Whatever your weight, shape or size, your body is breathtaking. It is magnificent. It, and you, are love.
What are you grateful for when it comes to your body?