A photo by Annie Spratt. unsplash.com/photos/bB0EsYazzXY

When we focus primarily on how we look, how much we weigh, what size we wear, we forget that our bodies are vehicles. Vessels. Taking a journey every day, every moment. Moving about with every breath, every sense tuned in.

Our bodies are how we navigate and experience the world. They are how we see the beauty of a teeny tiny flower. They are how we smell just-out-of-the-oven bread and freshly cut grass. They are how we taste the individual spices in a hearty stew and the honey sweetness of a really good raspberry. They are how we hear the soothing melodies of a symphony, the soothing voice of our spouse, the wild laughter of our youngest cousins.

Our bodies are how we walk the world. Our bodies are how we get to savor pleasurable treats, whether through our eyes, ears, mouths, noses or skin. Lotion, lilies, lemons and autumn leaves. Shampoo. Snow. Stars. Sunsets. Salt. Rosemary. Rainbows. Blankets. Broadway shows. Watermelon. Violins. Vibrant colors. Soft cotton sweaters. Hugs. Hope. Art. Avocados. Chocolate ice cream (with rainbow sprinkles, of course).

To remind yourself of this magic (it’s magical, don’t you think?), consider recording the details your body helps you experience. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It doesn’t have to take a long time. You might simply finish this sentence: “Today, my body helped me to experience ___________.”

You can, of course, break it down further into: My eyes helped me to see … My nose helped me to smell … My mouth helped me to taste … My ears helped me to hear … Use whatever wording resonates with you. Take your time. Or make this into a game, challenging yourself to come up with responses in 5 minutes. Again, do whatever feels best and most nourishing to you.

Whatever our weight, shape or size, our bodies let us sample and savor the full range of our experiences. They let us sample and savor the full buffet of flavors, colors, scents, sights and sounds that life has to offer. To me this is magnificent.

Sure, we still might feel bad about our bodies. We still might not fully accept them. But we don’t have to take an either or stance. We can acknowledge that our bodies give us the gift of rich, vibrant, pleasurable experience. We can be grateful for this, regardless of the size of our thighs or width of our waist. Regardless of our metabolism. Regardless of what we look like in a bikini. Regardless of how quickly we “bounce back” after baby. Regardless of what the number on the scale says.

We can still marvel at this ability. We can still marvel at our bodies. We can still savor our senses, and our experiences, a bit more fully. We can still take a moment out of our days to notice. Maybe even to whisper, thank you, body, thank you. 

What details does your body help you experience and enjoy? 

Photo by Annie Spratt.