Your body is your first home: “Breathing in, I arrive in my body. Breathing out, I am home.”
—Tich Nhat Hanh
How can we:
- improve our immune systems and sleep
- lower blood pressure
- improve relationships
- support our recovery from stress and trauma?
By practicing gratitude, reports Antonia Blumberg, Associate Religion Editor of the Huffington Post, in her article, Gratitude Can Transform Your Life. Here’s How. She offers great ways to notice, cultivate, and celebrate gratitude.
In our practice, we sometimes see people who may have struggled with health issues for a while and may feel like their bodies are letting them down. Media standards of beauty can also cause us to judge our bodies harshly.
In this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, let’s boost our health by expressing gratitude for our bodies. We can improve our immune systems and restore love and respect for our “first home”.
Take a moment to answer these questions in your mind or by writing in your journal.
- List three things you love about your body.
- Describe one time your body healed or grew stronger.
- What was your favorite body moment of the past? Was it finishing a cross country race in high school, choreographing a dance, swimming in the ocean, giving birth, or…?
- Imagine a favorite body moment in the future. What does it look and feel like? Describe it.
We wish you good health and happiness!