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  1. T
    Tatianna

    I let my body (ears to be specific) the music it wants to hear, it changes my body’s mood

    3 years ago
  2. KC

    Pause. Check-in. Listen. Attend. Keep going …

    3 years ago
  3. Lou Mu

    Water and sunshine, and a good deal of rest while I get over this wretched virus

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Yes – keep yourself well hydrated, Lou Mu, and may you recover soon 💧 💦

      3 years ago
    2. Michele

      Wishing you a speedy recovery🙂

      3 years ago
  4. mam_gigi

    I could show more appreciation by getting more sleep, eating better, excercising, and, my favorite, long baths.

    3 years ago
  5. Chung van Gog

    By replenishing it with gentle meditation at least twice today (and why not twice tommorrow and twice overmorrow, too); by carrying out each movement with care and gentleness; by appreciating the magic of the universe inside—eight octillion atoms, gently dancing to the rhythm of life. 🙂

    3 years ago
  6. Nina

    Get plenty of sleep. It’s the foundation for good health.

    3 years ago
  7. Malag

    I got up. I’m standing. It’s functioning.

    Marvellous.

    3 years ago
  8. Kelli M

    intuitive eating – mindful eating – positive self talk when looking in the mirror – meditating / saying thanks to my body while in the shower

    3 years ago
  9. B
    Brown Rose

    Clean it regularly.

    3 years ago
  10. L
    Louwanna

    I can show more appreciation for my body by focusing on what it can do vs. what it can’t do many more because of age/injury.

    3 years ago
  11. MEG

    I can show more appreciation for my body today with more self- awareness and gratitude and also by paying more needed attention to it…!

    3 years ago
  12. d
    db82258

    I put my right hand on my left shoulder, my left hand on my lower right ribs, tilt my head to rest on my right shoulder, gently hug myself and say “Oh honey, it’s okay”, I get up and have my day

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      That’s wonderful. Blossom – a new way to hug 🤗-thank you 😊

      3 years ago
  13. Hot Sauce

    I can show more appreciation for my body today by resolving to eat more healthy foods.

    3 years ago
  14. Melissa

    Letting the sun rays on my skin for 10 mins and taking my daily 3 mile walk in the foothills. One glass of water with a lemon slice and so grateful to be alive today.

    3 years ago
  15. Sherri

    Oh, so many ways I can show more appreciation for my body. The basics would be feeding my soul regularly, feeding my body healthily and exercising my body regularly. Seems so simple…

    3 years ago
  16. O.Christina

    Is it appreciation for my body, for the grace of nature or the gift of kindred hearts what is offered both equally to my body and soul or is it appreciation for life itself? For the moment being, it all melts together into just having been able and allowed to cherish a delicious small selection of (admittedly exquisite) nourishment. I am right now sitting on my sofa, just had a glass of dry Champagne in my left (a small leftover- bottle from New Year´s eve), a tin with delicious peanuts coated with sweetened hot-spicy Wasabi and a small plate on my lap, where I had arranged my dinner for tonight, which was 2 kinds of organic cheese of thin sliced, organic raw-milk cheese, which I have found today for the first time, a mild Swiss Guyère, and I am overwhelmed by the feeling of being nourished and happy, savouring every slice, every sip, every small peanut and being deeply grateful to be allowed to celebrate this precious moment. How I wish that everyone could have access to such delicacy or much better, that we could share it all together, this small amount of preciousness! This would be so great! I always would choose only a tiny amount of good quality of whatsoever over quantity, as the joy of really celebrating what good kindred hearts had prepared for to offer something worthy to others I feel is a gift of sorts for all concerned. Of course, potatoes well done are cherished likewise, but what this moment offered to my body and all my being and was received with deep gratitude was just savoring the gifts of nature and the gifts of life itself. Thank you, thank you. 🙇🙏

    3 years ago
  17. orozcoj13

    I can meditate, and become more aware of my body, therefore, honoring it. I can then affirm how grateful I am for this fantastic beast machine that provides sensory-rich experiences that elevate my awareness with emotion and meaning. Masterfully mixing emotion with meaning, I create movement. By moving my body, I gain opportunities to further my appreciation for life, the body, and the fantastic multi-sensory rich experience it provides us internally and externally.

    3 years ago
  18. DeVonna

    By listening closely to the things it needs. I have to start monitoring my blood sugar because my latest blood tests show I may be experiencing some low blood sugar issues. I need to restrict the sugars I eat and pay attention to how it makes me feel. I will be keeping a food journal along with the results of daily blood pricks. I can do this!

    3 years ago
  19. Elaine

    Continue as I have – daily Essentrics practice, time outside (today a walk through big snow), eat the quantity and quality that nourishes – with a treat or two to satisfy a sweet tooth. I am SO appreciative of my healthy body.

    3 years ago
  20. Don Jones

    It has been said that this body can be a Shava or a Shiva. Shava means a corpse. Shiva means the ultimate. What I do with this body will determine whether it is a Shava or a Shiva. The first step though is to realize that I am not this body. Within this context, the body can become an instrument. The threshold question then becomes, am I going to use it to gather food and things for myself or use it in the highest possible way?

    3 years ago
  21. pkr

    Make better eating choices. Be mindful of my thoughts, positive ones only.

    3 years ago
  22. Katrina

    I love the way this question is worded. It offers me much more inspiration to get up and move my body than any notion of dieting, losing weight, or anything like that. When I think of appreciating my body it is much more the way I would treat a friend or family member. She cries out to go for a walk. Take her for a walk!

    3 years ago
  23. Mica

    There. I’ve adjusted my seat cushion to give more cushioning to the sore side of my butt. And I need to get up soon and stop sitting here! I need to change my position more often when body parts get sore and not just endure til the pain gets worse. I’m standing now, with the laptop on the kitchen pass-through counter 😊 – a good question for me 😊🙃

    3 years ago
  24. Holly in Ohio

    Interesting this question came up. I’m not feeling my best today. I’m taking it easy, and I intend to do what my body needs (which as Journey pointed out, we don’t always do for ourselves).

    Why is it so much easier to be nurturing to others who are not feeling well, than it is sometimes to do those things for ourselves? If a family member is not feeling their best, I can say, “go sit down, I can do your dishes/laundry/whatever,” but if it is me I want to push myself to keep standing? If my husband is feeling crabby, I know to feed him. If I’m feeling crabby, what do I do? Do I give myself the food, rest, quiet, or whatever I need? …huh.

    Acceptance. Compassion. Love. It’s not just for others.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      “Acceptance. Compassion. Love. It’s not just for others.” should be on a t-shirt:)

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        haha… it should!

        3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Dear Holly, it’s sad and funny how ‘self-sacrifice’ is regarded as a proper thing to do and not a foolish thing to do!

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        I think anyone who has parented or cared for an ailing parent knows there are times when self-sacrifice is right, but oh boy… we can overdo self-sacrifice, can’t we? Even in parenting. Kids have to learn, grow up, make mistakes, develop their ability to care for themselves. Finding balance is one of the great mysteries!

        3 years ago
        1. Mica

          Yes, Holly – fighting forest fires was the example in my mind of self-sacrifice that seemed valuable. I’d have parented one child differently, in hindsight, but they were part of a complex family dynamic that lasted til they were 21, and that was probably a good time to end it. And I was who I was, back then.

          3 years ago
    3. Journey

      So right Holly!

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        thank you, Journey. 🙂

        3 years ago
  25. Linda

    The weather has been so awful these past couple of weeks I have not been able to get out and walk. I will check out the mall today as a possible alternative. If I go early it won’t be crowded.
    My body will be so happy!

    3 years ago
  26. Nelson

    Looking in the mirror and being happy with what I see rather than nit picking what’s wrong with it. Smiling rather than immediately thinking “Man, I look tired.”

    3 years ago
  27. Journey

    I take such great care of everything. I’ve dropped my phone down maybe just twice in the past 5 years! All my things last forever. Strangely, I don’t take care of my body. I keep going like a machine that doesn’t have a stop button. I eat junk food, I don’t sleep enough. I recently realized that that I should be taking care of my body instead of material objects, as objects are easy to replace but parts of our body are not. This question is very timely at the start of the year. Time to refocus and re-channel my attention and energies.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Brilliant insight, Journey. I’m guilty of this a bit, too!

      3 years ago
  28. Aaron

    By ingesting organic, whole plant foods, exercising, meditating and reading. Practicing loving kindness, gratitude and forgiveness whenever they are needed.

    3 years ago
  29. v
    valgxmes

    By nurturing, self-care, and exercise. We all have beautiful bodies that we must take care of, we should never forget that.

    3 years ago
  30. Hermann-Josef

    The body is such an incredible machine That functions day by day. Breathing, heartbeat, digestion , it all works effortless, without having to do it consciously. Everything is put together so wonderfull. From the smalest cell to bigger structures. Everything is working together intelligently. Also it is able to react on my subconscious and conscious thoughts. Even from an aesthetic Point of view it is a masterpiece to me. Giving the right air, surrounding, food, physical practice and understanding what it needs is my way of appreciating this miracle called body of mine and all other creatures around me as much as i can

    3 years ago
  31. Cathie

    I can take better care of my body by putting better food and drink into it! Over the holidays it was easy to eat the goodies and drink the cups of cheer. Now that the celebrations are over, I am hoping to get back to a healthier lifestyle including food, drink, exercise and rest:)

    3 years ago
  32. EJP

    Today I will show more appreciation for my body by eating well, exercising, meditating, living in the present moment and being truly grateful for all that my body does for me.

    3 years ago
  33. Maurice Frank

    Perhaps just listening to what it wants: rest, activity, food, water

    3 years ago
  34. Patricia

    Nourish her; strengthen her; thank her….

    3 years ago
  35. Howie Geib

    My body, being the conduit for my lived experience, demands so little attention most of the time. I have been less than conscious of what I am eating, so I can improve on that for sure. I have been tending to pace myself lately. Which is a kind of coddling I can for sure do less of, Just a sense that I am not as young as I once was and need to temper my enthusiasm a bit.

    3 years ago
  36. Karolina

    Mine has been on earth 78 years and still it obeys me whenever I want or need to move, but I do not always obey its signals to rest or seek medical help. I’m not sure when or how this resistance to love and appreciate my body began but it is not a helpful habit and I wish to acknowledge my lovely delicate body now for its patience and loyalty, for not quitting on me, for its resilience. It has born two children, illnesses, surgeries and mindless neglect and still it ticks over, each morning it is still here. I will listen with more care and act more kindly towards it.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      Beautiful. Well said! Thank you, Karolina. You said it so much better than I did, and I heartily agree!

      3 years ago
    2. sparrow

      3 years ago
  37. sunnypatti48317

    Be grateful for it. Nourish it with loving thoughts and food. Get some movement in.

    3 years ago
  38. Dusty Su

    I mentioned on Kevin’s post that I had a renewed sense of gratitude for pain free state of body recently. Which ultimately has a lot to to do with how I value and treat my body in general. Unremitting ulcer/s pain/Infection (that can lead to complications or cancer) that sent me to the ER. So many wrong diagnosis. I had to fight to be taken seriously. Thankfully, I got right results yesterday. Complicated, very unpleasant, not always successful, treatments to follow. So, It’s a long trip back to healing. It made me pray even more for those who suffer. I am thankful I caught this now. 🙏 I am thankful for my health and will fight to do better in my care of it.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Sending you healing thoughts. Good luck on your treatments, may the work and bring you comfort.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Tx 😍 I’m grateful for the prayers.

        3 years ago
    2. Mary Pat

      You are in my healing thoughts, and my prayers.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks Mary Pat. Greatly appreciated 🙏 😌

        3 years ago
    3. sunnypatti48317

      I’m glad you got better results and pray for a smooth journey back to good health.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you. I appreciate that 🥰

        3 years ago
  39. Kevin

    As a person living with chronic back pain, especially on days when my pain levels are soaring, it is difficult for me to appreciate my body at all. Coping with pain, especially on days when it severely limits the things I can do, can also make me angry inside, and getting quietly angry only makes the pain I feel even worse. It’s a constant struggle, but on those days when my back pain isn’t screaming to “be heard,” I do make it a point to say “thank you” to my aging rack of bones and flesh that have gotten me this far on the ladder of life, even though I admit that showing “more appreciation for my body” each and every day is frequently a rung too high to reach.

    3 years ago
    1. Journey

      Hi Kevin, So sorry to hear this and I hope things get better for you. I have degenerative disc disease in my lumbar spine and have back pain continually though nothing as bad as yours. I am 47 years and have had the pain since 44. I used to enjoy yoga for how light and airy my body felt. With the onset of back pain, no amount of yoga or stretching relieves it and the constant feeling of discomfort/pain is something I’m learning to live with. I will say a prayer especially for you today. Be well.

      3 years ago
    2. Mary Pat

      I thought of you when I was shoveling yesterday. We had a snow storm, and my husband has balance problems, so I am the one who shovels. Actually Kevin, it wasn’t when I was shoveling, it was AFTER I had shoveled. Back pain. Wow……am fine now, but it gave me a peek into what that could be like, day in and day out. So next time I have back pain like that, instead of just thinking of you, I am going to pray tonglen for you and others who suffer, because mine-thankfully-is just a brief encounter….

      3 years ago
    3. sparrow

      Pain has been part of your life for a long time,
      dear Kevin,
      and it sounds like your surgery did not help much…
      I’m so sorry that you have not found solution,
      but will hold you in my heart,
      that you might find a way to live with it
      with love . . .
      sparrow

      ps. I know this pain . . .
      I suffered for two years,
      and it turned out
      a shot to my back has fixed it
      (for now)

      3 years ago
    4. Cathie

      That pain which causes anger/hurt which causes tension which causes more pain which causes anger…. – is a bear of a cycle to break. Somedays I get the bear and somedays the bear gets me, so I wish you days where you get the bear and the pain if not minimal or gone is manageable!

      3 years ago
    5. sunnypatti48317

      My husband has chronic back pain, and I know how much he suffers, some days more than others. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. I pray you have more good (or better) days than bad.

      3 years ago
    6. Dusty Su

      I wish you many more pain free days. It sounds horrendous. I had a renewed sense of gratitude for pain free recently. Unremitting ulcer pain/Infection that sent me to the ER. It’s a long trip back to healing. It made me pray even more for those who suffer. You have my prayers, Kevin.

      3 years ago
  40. Michele

    I can show more appreciation for my body today by making better food/snack choices and getting in some extra steps for the day.

    3 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Great moves xxx

      3 years ago
  41. Mary Pat

    By paying attention to what my body is telling me. By filling it with good, healthy food. By connecting to it.

    3 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Yes, I listen to mine. It teaches me much. Lately I’ve not. I’m paying the price.

      3 years ago

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