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  1. k'Care-Reena

    WHAT IS MY BODY ASKING FOR OR NEEDING RIGHT NOW?

    My body is asking to sleep right now honestly however I am in need of some genuine look and companion and I am happy to say I am adopting my own dog very soon!!! I am aware I dont need a do for that however for yrs I have been told I can not have one and I am able to detect what is right for me and what I should and should not do. I am grateful for that alone. 🙂

    1 year ago
  2. Ahmed Zayed

    i think we should listen to our body, like listening to every one . we shouldn’t treat our body like machine we should treat it like a soul and determined what it need , needs different from person to another i need eat or love you need another thing and so on ….

    1 year ago
  3. M
    Mike

    Sleep. Good night. 🙂

    1 year ago
  4. T
    Tilly

    Acceptance that my body is in a state of healing and that it needs to be listened to attentively without being overcareful.

    1 year ago
  5. Debra

    Self-care with all the gusto I can muster!

    1 year ago
  6. F
    Fat Toad95202

    Please make sobriety the priority pronto pal!

    1 year ago
  7. Elaine

    A nap! Down I go.

    1 year ago
  8. Don Jones

    To…
    You put your right foot in
    You put your right foot out
    You put your right foot in
    And you shake it all about
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
    Cause… that’s what it’s all about!

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I used to be addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around.

      😀

      1 year ago
      1. Debra

        😊

        1 year ago
      2. Michele

        I remember going to the roller rink and they would play this song, it was fun to do on roller skates:)

        1 year ago
  9. Melissa

    A cup of coffee, a walk and somehow saving all the folks in disasters of climate change today and our friends in Afghanistan. Yet I know I cannot reach them . I can bring flowers and food to my friends here in need today in my hometown. Three going through medical issues to support them and give them love. One human to another.

    1 year ago
  10. L
    Lauryn

    Happiness, Love, respect. My heart is hurting now.

    1 year ago
  11. d
    dcdeb

    Proper nutrition; grounding and earthing

    1 year ago
  12. devy

    Right now my body is askIng to take of myself mentally, to be grateful, to relax, live the present, listen to my ruminations, but to let them go and enjoy the moment. If I don’t do this, my body’s health will suffer…

    1 year ago
  13. Linda

    It is asking for a WALK! I have been slacking off of my walking for no good reason, and today I started back up. Sigh–so easy to justify not doing what is good for me…

    1 year ago
  14. GregC

    Intimate human contact with love.

    1 year ago
  15. Deborah

    Appreciation, respect, and compassion. My body does so much and is incredible. Yet, I still put it down and abuse it. It takes it and still magically pushes through. It is quite amazing. It asks that I smile with gratitude at my physical uniqueness, with respect by movement balanced with rest and with compassion by letting go of the negative narrative and shower it with some loving thoughts

    1 year ago
  16. Nelson

    My body has been asking for rest. It’s also been asking to doing calming things, like more restorative yoga. Lately, the amount of work has been good but stressful to meet deadlines. Yesterday, I went with my friends on a hike. It felt good to slow down.

    1 year ago
  17. Mica

    It says, ‘You woke up at 5 am this morn to check for a tech support email for the software from England, and now I want to go to sleep! How can I do that??’

    1 year ago
  18. Cathie

    My body is asking that I figure out what is causing it’s back pain these past few weeks. I am doing my tried and true physical remedies and anti-inflamatories but if it does not resolve, I suppose I will need to get a medical opinion.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Bummer, Cathie – I like to wear layers of close fitting shirts to keep my back warm when it hurts, but indeed it makes sense to get a medical opinion! Warm wishes to you –

      1 year ago
  19. Patricia

    Continued care, healthy unprocessed food, walking in the woods and maybe more upper body strength training. My body asks for my daily appreciation and recognition of how much its doing all the time, deep inside, where its processes are invisible to me. It’s astonishing in its complexity. Thank you, dear body.

    1 year ago
  20. Howie Geib

    What a remarkable question!

    These past weeks I have been facing headwinds. So my physical body has been called to help me push through the resistance, like the forecasters standing on the shoreline in a storm, And my body is sending me all kinds of signals that it is time for a rest. That the batteries are low, gauges are indicating contradictory data and therefore unreliable. And also all with this sense of foreboding. So the answer is I have no idea.

    1 year ago
  21. Katrina

    Interesting that this would be the question today. Yesterday, my back said, “ENOUGH!” Enough of the worry, strain, bending without consideration in the garden, not drinking enough water, and not exercising regularly. ENOUGH! So after a resting period yesterday, today I will gradually be adding back in all the things my body is calling for and trying to remove the things from which it needs to be released. After reading other responses, sounds like I’ll have some good company.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      well said. 🙂

      1 year ago
  22. m
    Mair

    My body and soul needs some gardening right now. Enjoy your day:)

    1 year ago
  23. SK

    It is craving soul food meaning a deep connection to the earth, the cosmos, the ground and sky and nature. It needs to be fed on sights and sounds and smells. It needs the nourishment of peace and tranquility of silence and respect.

    1 year ago
  24. O.Christina

    To be true and authentic with following its needs; meaning to only eat if hungry and then to only chose healthy food which is chosen carefully, according to what my body AND soul can digest, and to respecting allergies, refusing dairy products and meat. I still had allowed some exceptions to follow its signals, so I learn that have to be true to my body language in order to eat and be respectful and healthy with all my being. Thank you for this question!

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      And some treats, dear Ose – I just read and loved 🥰 this quote from the late novelist Iris Murdoch: “The secret to a happy life is continuous small treats.”

      1 year ago
      1. O.Christina

        So true! Have a good day, dear Mica! Blessings.

        1 year ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    A little more coffee and some time for yoga today. I wasn’t feeling my best the past few days and let my practice go to the side. I can definitely feel it when I don’t get on my mat! My inner self can feel it, too!

    1 year ago
  26. Holly in Ohio

    COFFEE!!!!

    Whoops, no… that’s not what it’s saying. 😀

    As some of you know, I am endeavoring to improve my self-caring. I have been improving (but not perfect) giving my body the food it needs, including more vegetables and foods to lower my inflammation and improve my digestion, and in reducing trigger foods in my diet. And yesterday I hung an exercises poster in my middle son’s old room, and I did just a few minutes of exercise… not much, but it’s a start. Habit is what matters most. I will do more today and try to do exercise every day. My first goal is to keep it up each day until my youngest son returns from college on break so I will have some improvement to show him.

    I’m thankful to my father, who though born with heart issues, exercised most of his life and lived to 99 years old. Thank you dad, for being a good role model. ❤

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Holly, I’ve started 5 min of stretches while I wait for the coffee to brew in the French press my son gave me 🙂

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        There ya go! What a great idea.

        1 year ago
    2. Katrina

      I could practically copy what you said, except I don’t have a son’s room in which to hang an exercise poster.

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Yay! I’m glad you are doing it, too. Yeah, for a while my plan was just, “exercise,” but after a while I realized that if I didn’t chart progress in some way, it was hard for me to keep going, so I ordered the “visual” encouragement and I’m charting what I do. 🙂

        Two days in a row… WOO-HOO!!!

        1 year ago
  27. Mary Pat

    Soothing neck exercises. I have severe osteoarthritis in my body, but it is my neck that is a mess at the moment. This is the second time I have been up, and daylight is less than a few hours away…. Pillows are difficult, because finding the right one or modifying one is always a challenge, so sleep would be really good. My body is asking for and needing sleep, and less pain. I am lucky, because physical therapy has helped me, but the last few nights have been particularly difficult. Time to try again to get some sleep before sunrise…..may you all be well, safe and protected.

    1 year ago
    1. Mary Pat

      THANK YOU for your responses! I did end up being able to go back to sleep and it helped. I came back to read other responses, and I thought I would edit mine and not make it so whiney, but I didn’t do that. I left it alone because reading other responses helped me to see humanity in all of us…which is good for me…it reminds me I am not alone in physical pain, and am doing today what I can….to keep doing the PT exercises, continue with them, and keep up with the self care. I let it slip last night, before I went to bed, because I was so tired, but you have given me new hope. I will do them today and tonight before bed, no matter what……Thank you. ❤️

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        I didn’t think you were whiney, you were just sharing… and, we all care!!!

        Good for you, MaryPat, and keep up with the self care. 🙂

        1 year ago
    2. Mica

      Dear Mary Pat, that is a pain! My neck feels better if I keep it warm with a scarf – 🧣 – usually just some sort of bandanna. I’m excited to discover that my neck only seems to need the scarf at night now. There were years when I always wore some fabric around my neck – a quarter yard, squared up and folded into a strip and tied around my neck. And pillows! I’m delighted to have abandoned my bed pillows recently, because my fav was just a little ‘Sqush therapy pillow’ [Umlaut over the ‘u’] filled with tiny styrofoam beads. And I’ve been curious about the ‘cube pillows’ that are supposed to be for people who sleep on their side. I made 2 pillowcases for the Sqush pillow, because it started getting smelly 🙁
      Warm wishes and good luck to you – give yourself a big hug

      1 year ago
      1. Mary Pat

        Yes, I have tried those pillows, and they do not work for me. My PT showed me how to use a towel inside of the pillow case-don’t roll it, because it will feel like a piece of steel, but fold it, then put it where your neck rests. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not. Last night it did not. I have exercises to do right before I go to sleep, but last night I was so darned tired, I didn’t do them……I will tonight! I also think asking my body(which I am not good at….) how did today affect you, body? is helpful. Knowing where and why it is so messed up, then do the PT….enjoy your day, and your night!

        1 year ago
        1. Mica

          Thank you, dear Mary Pat – I could spend more time asking my body how it is. I appreciate the suggestion.

          1 year ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      I hope you get some good sleep, Mary Pat.

      1 year ago
      1. Christine

        And I hope you find the right pillow, Mary Pat.

        1 year ago
  28. Ed Schulte

    Firstly it is Not “my body”

    This material form is on loan to my Spirit-Soul-Self so that I may gain experiences in the Kingdom of the Heavens. The real question is….what are the intelligence, the ‘Holy Archangels of the elements’ asking for and needing” of my present-day, ‘beingness’ who is now fully awake, re-entered in it, after morning contemplation exercises ?

    These Archangels are asking it, (the personality) , “to NOT waste its daily allotted share of Etheric Vitality ( ‘daily bread’ ) on foolish egoistic behaviour, but instead, to add more etheric vitality with good nourishment, loving breathing exercises and time outdoors observing the power giving wonders of nature while doing more previous mentioned enhancements” ……..thats their ‘wish list’ and its just for starters! ……then it will be adequately healthy to support helping others too!…..

    have a good day ALL!

    1 year ago
    1. Ed Schulte

      I have been repeating this RUMI poem to myself all day so thought I may as well repeat it here too!

      On Resurrection Day your body testifies against you.

      Your hand says, I stole money.
      Your lips, I said meanness.

      Your feet, I went where I shouldn’t.
      Your genitals, me too.

      They will make your praying sound hypocritical.
      Let the body’s speak openly now,
      Let the body’s speak openly now,

      without your saying a word

      as a student’s walking behind a teacher
      says, This one knows more clearly
      than I the way.

      1 year ago
  29. G
    Gregoire

    What the body needs and what the mind wants are so frequently conflicted. My body is happiest when I’m moving. That might be immersed in nature, music, artistry or affection.. They are all most gratifying and fulfilling when it enjoyed with a companion. So, I would say companionship

    1 year ago
  30. Kevin

    Relief from chronic, debilitating back pain.

    1 year ago
    1. Cathie

      Kevin, does your pain cause exhaustion – these few weeks my pain has made me very sluggish and exhausted. May you find some moments of relief!

      1 year ago
      1. Kevin

        Yes indeed, Cathie, the pain I deal with causes routine fatigue and frequent exhaustion. I live in southeastern New England, near the ocean, and the high humidity and heat we’ve been having, combined with fluctuating atmospheric pressure and dampness, really does a number on me it terms of spiking up my pain levels.

        To be honest, I didn’t want to answer today’s question the way that I did, because I’m pretty sure that that was not the type of answer that the Gratefulness team had in mind. But my response was the most honest and accurate reply I could make at the moment…and still is hours later.

        Hoping and praying too, Cathie, that you find some relief along the way as well.

        1 year ago
  31. EJP

    Kindness and compassion with a bit of tender loving care.

    1 year ago
  32. Michele

    My body is attempting to wake up. Enjoying my cup of coffee, my eyes water and need a tissue as I start looking at the bright computer screen.

    1 year ago
    1. Kevin

      I hear you there, Michele!

      1 year ago
  33. Christine

    One of my fingers has severe osteoarthritis. It hurts a lot. My GP referred me to a hand clinic, because I play the piano. I really hope they can help me. So help, thats what I need right now.
    But no matter what happens, I’ll keep playing.

    1 year ago
    1. Patricia

      Prayers for your hands and the osteoarthritic finger, Christine. I know you will keep playing no matter what because the spirit of your music is coming from your heart!

      1 year ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you, Patricia. Is’nt this website and the grateful community wonderful?
        I share a pain or concern and receive blessings and prayers. It makes me…..I do’nt know the word 🤔 shy or humble or…befriended😊💛

        1 year ago
    2. Pilgrim

      From afar, I bless your hands/finger and hand therapist, Christine. I have a lot of arthritis in my hands/wrist and was for many years an oboist, so have some understanding.

      1 year ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you, dear Pilgrim. I am sure your blessing will help 😊 . I hope the best for you to xx.

        1 year ago
  34. Dusty Su

    To feel safe…

    1 year ago
    1. Howie Geib

      YES!…As is my habit I write my reply before reading other folks…and as I wrestled this question I could feel; the answer but couldn’t ‘nail’ it, This is it! I don’t feel safe. Haven’t for some time. And yet I am not sure what to actually DO about it other than face it. I am glad we have each other, as we can face it together,

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Yes, thank you, Howie, for responding and sharing your experience. It means a lot. I have lived in dangerous or threatening situations for decades in varying degrees and yet at present feel the unsafest of all. Maybe it is a culmination of all of those times of uncertainties running in the background. Then government policies, challenging share house, COVID disruptions, etc. Being forced back to Australia, it has ripped away my regular support system. I should feel safe, and I know I am in many respects. I am not in direct physical danger nor under threat as a foreigner abroad as I once was. However, never knowing where the next mental or emotional blow or intrusion into private spaces will come from is very debilitating. I create as best as I can, safe harbours to hold me soundly, no matter how the storms blow. Some days I do really well, even for long periods, but of late it has been overwhelming. I wish you well friend in your finding of safety. I support you in spirit. It’ll be interesting to look back a year from now and see what transpired.

        1 year ago
  35. Malag

    Some gentle movement exercise to loosen up the years of slowly tightening up. Going to do that right now. But with an attitude of kindness. It’s a slow process to let go that my body should be any particular way. I’m somewhere on that journey.

    1 year ago

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