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Deep appreciation, humility, curiosity, awe, and an invitation to keep listening, attending, honouring, opening, surrendering, valuing, loving, connecting, expressing, sharing…
An absolute sense of awe . . .
I am struck by the wonder of my cats’ bodies . . .
the attention to detail,
each little hair,
tiny curved claws,
bright, sparkling eyes . . .
tender little noses that quiver with life,
whiskers observing the world in their own way,
ears like little radars,
a tail for balance and emotion . . .
not to mention breath and purr
and beating heart.It’s the same with my own body . . .
amazing how everything works together;,
each part of me
serving a purpose,
keeping me alive to this world.
I savor my senses
and stretch their abilities,
just for fun.
I love that my body
has brought life into the world
all on its own,
the way my heart beats
all on its own,
there is the spark that lives within this body.
there is nothing more profound
than what we have been given.
to blossom, in appreciation of your strong roots, and with deep apologies to Rupi Kaur
“Look down at your body and whisper, there is no place like home.”
Since day 1 I was given everything I need in myself, it’s the world that I lived in that tried to convince me otherwise.
Science is a wonder, a true wonder, without which, I would not be here.
A clarity now that having seen beyond the illusion of one which is actually three. But nevertheless, the interplay of the body, mind and life energy makes it all the more wonderous.
I am so grateful for my body, it is a valid companion in adventures and a sincere friend if I listen to it carefully. In his own way he always tells me what I need. His communication skills surprise me because sometimes he understands my problems and warns me before my mind does.
Much appreciation for what it does, some fleeting sense of “I used to be able to”, and a reminder that all the things it’s capable of are not dependent on whether or not I have visible abs.
It is said that it is not easy to get a human body. We have to use the body wisely. To have a human body is the only way to realize god.
Manushatvam, Mumukshutvam Mahapurush samshrayah..
me , myself and I– appreciation– when I look out at the suffering we collectively impose– sadness– If I wonder about my living body, then I must wonder about others, there enjoyment of this being of the human form. The world values demand that many must be left to suffer the sensations of hunger, pains of treatable diseases, the lack of life promoting housing, etc. And then there is the loss of birthright of a healthy body due to malnutrition in the developing years. Has charity become what is done in the absence of upholding human rights.
Carol, this question is going to stay with me: “Has charity become what is done in the absence of upholding human rights?”
This has stayed with me since I first heard it about 20 years ago on an NPR radio interview of a southern nation human rights activist. If I remember a bit more correctly, she said– Charity occurs in the absence of human rights.
Mostly gratitude, but also a fair amount of worry. My body has allowed me to do so much, even though injury and sickness, it has kept going. This heart has been beating non stop for 58+years. I haven’t always treated it well, and I have the scars as reminders. It’s not a perfect body, but it’s what I have to work with, and I will take some time today to reflect and honor this gift. .
Compassion arises in me because I have seen so many children struggle with major diseases; Compassion for all of the families who are grieving due to the loss of their loved one’s from gun violence; Gratefulness to my body that has brought me to the age of 80 even though I did not always treat it well.
Gratefulness for all the “working parts” after almost 74 years of walking around this earth. I have stopped at different times in my life and told my body how grateful I am, more so lately, now that I am old. It is a wonder!
Gratefulness for science and medicine that continues to figure out how to keep this body functioning past its “best if used by” date.
Ha, thank you for the laugh with the “best if used by” comment. When my body makes those creaking or snapping sounds or something doesn’t work the way I remember it used to be able to, I sometimes say “I guess I’m past my warranty”.
Appreciation and respect. Every part, every function of a human body is a miracle. It’s good to be reminded to handle them with care.
The anxiety that I imagine one would feel crossing a cold, dark, and mysterious ocean toward uncertain shores in a creaky, old wooden sailing ship.
I add my thanks,
dear Javier . . .
Thank you for this imaginative response.
Awe, Wonder, Gratitude, Sense of Unworthiness,
desire to worship He ” who knit me together in my Mother’s womb” and to have a sense of the unfathomable love of The Most Holy Trinity
I’m so grateful for this vessel that I get to live in. It’s mind-blowing what it does, and I am prompted daily to do my part to take care of it so that it can continue to function well.
Taking care of it really demostrates your gratitude sunnypatti. Good wishes to you.
I can still see. What a miracle seeing is! What an amzaing thing it is to be able to read!
I can hear. What a gift to hear the cacaphony of birdsong this morning! And music…. oh the wonders of music!
I can taste. I’m a “foodie.” I love international tastes. I love that I can experience cultures this way. That I can experience the life of a peach grown on a tree!
I can walk, and move, and even dance! (not well, but hey… ). I can sing, I can hug! I can touch… the soft nose of a horse, the face of a child, the bark of a tree, a cold stone….
Thank you, Holly, for reminding me that the most beautiful things are sometimes just the simplest that we take for granted
Holly, Your words are poetry. Thank you.
It’s ability to adapt and heal.
Amazement and humility about the wonder of it all
My wonderous living body reminds me to take my medicine, do my PT stretches, charge my spinal cord implant, and go find a cup of coffee!
Yes, Kevin…it is wise to listen to one’s body. It will never lie to us so why are we so prone to ignore it’s voice???
Oh yeah, sometimes the greater problem is, however, when my body is telling me NO and I go ahead and do something that I know I will pay a price for afterwards! OUCH! 🤪
I hear you and I can relate…after 12 compression fractures in my back and a triple fusion in my neck, you’d think I would learn!
Sincere gratitude for every heartbeat and every breath.
Amazement and gratitude 🙂
Humbleness arises in when I look deeply inside the body. I’m aware of body of the whole universe inside this body and that there is no separation between this body and the whole- which is everything. I’m also full of gratitude that all the parts of this body are in flow . This allows “ me” to let go of the self made human mind world which is false and see things from the truth- letting go is a blessing. Thank you for the question.
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