With Thanksgiving this week, I bet you’ve been reflecting on what you’re grateful for. I hope you’ve been able to come up with a long list, as we each truly have so much to appreciate and this is not the time to take it for granted.

I’m wondering though if you put your body on that list. Did it even make the top 10? Do you take it for granted?

Consider these facts about the human body:

  • On average, your body takes about 16 breaths per minute, 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. A person who lives to 80 years old will take about 672,768,000 breaths in a lifetime.
  • Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day and about 35 million times a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.

It’s easy to take your body for granted. You don’t know what you’re missing until — well — you’re missing it!

I urge you to take a moment this week and to stop missing it.

Consider practicing gratitude for your body (this week and beyond). Take this opportunity to send divine love, nourishment, approval, appreciation and gratitude to this precious gift that you live in.

I know that you are incredibly busy this week, but I invite you to:

  1. Listen to my 5-minute audio recording called “Bliss Break for Body Love.” This recording is sure to help you nourish and appreciate your body. It will help put you in touch with the pure magic that you are.
  1. Write a thank you note to your body. It could be something short and sweet like, “Thank you for sticking by me through the diets and punishing workouts. I am so grateful for my strong beating heart and breath.” Or write a top 10 — or top 50! — list of everything your body has helped you do throughout the years.

Remind yourself of your magnificence. Remind yourself of all of the things that your body takes care of for you daily…without you even noticing. From helping you take your first steps to learning to play soccer to carrying your child to helping that child move into their college dorm room to running a race to gardening.

There are so many things that your body has enabled you to do.

When you take a minute to think about everything your body does, it’s pretty awesome how much stuff you can come up with. It’s the least you can do for something that supports you every second of your life here on earth.

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