31 Days of Gratitude – Day 8

DAY 8: I am grateful for my body.

I have been waking up a bit achy lately, like my muscles just don’t like me and want to hurt me. But then I stretch, do yoga, and feel a lot better. It’s so easy for me to get into the complaining thought cycle about my body – how it hurts, how I am not as strong as I used to be, how I feel tired, or don’t fit into my jeans the way I want to.

But on days when I choose to be grateful about my body and shift my consciousness towards the reality that I am healthy, that I have never broken a bone in my life (knock on wood that that continues!), how I have never had surgery (knock on wood again!), how I am not fighting any major disease, and how I recover from colds pretty well – well, hello! That is pretty dang good. I have lot to be grateful for about my body. The more I appreciate it, the better I feel in it. What we focus on, grows.

Then suddenly, I notice that I am strong, that I have more energy than I thought, that maybe through the aches and pains my body is just trying to talk to me, saying “stretch me!” “let’s play!” and “pay attention to me!”

I am grateful for my body. Without it, I would not be alive, or be able to soak in all the cool things I can do while I am here. Thanks, body, for containing me in this reality, and for being a good sport about it all.