One of the most powerful body practices I’ve ever encountered is a body inventory of gratitude. Do you have two ears? Be glad. Two eyes? Be grateful. Ten toes? Get thankful.
Really, gratitude makes any body healthier, or, at any rate, happier, and thereby, healthier.
Start anywhere you want—and especially when you’re feeling blue—and begin to give thanks for the health that you have, no matter how miniscule.
Go top to bottom, or bottom to top, or begin with the toughest bit of your body first. It doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that we all learn to appreciate the unbelievable, or should I say, believable miracle that is the human body temple.
In fact, do you even think of your body as a temple, a holy place? Do you treat your body as a bit of the sacred on Earth?
I have to confess that I don’t always. I don’t always eat the best things for my body, but I do always exercise—every day. I don’t always get enough rest either. I do, however, guard my time quite well, and I spend enough time alone for my needs.
Body gratitude is a great way to check in with your various parts. Very few of us spend much time thinking about our parasympathetic nervous systems, but they’re hugely valuable in terms of how we handle stress.
Give thanks for your hormones, your peptides, your DNA. Think about all the marvelous functions your body provides without so much as a request from you, and repair to your gratitude practice as often as you can.