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  1. d
    delilah

    my feet. they have carried me, walked me, ran me sense forever, my whole body resting on them and will forever. when i feel like nothings there for me my feet have carried me through everything in my life, the good and bad. the playful times when i would run around on the playground with my childhood friends, the hard times i put on my feet with dance for going on 7 years.

    3 years ago
  2. SK

    My feet and ankles. since I’m a runner, I don’t think I’ve taken care of them properly. Since I sprained my ankle in April, it’s been tough to come back from it and now I’ve pulled a piriformis muscle. I have been learning to take my hearing and vision more seriously so that I don’t miss any new sound outside or miss seeing the beauty of the tress moving in the breeze catching the sunlight in the evenings.

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    My toes. Their movement can be so sophisticated with so many joints involved but how do I use them? What do they do? There’s wonderful enquiry in that.

    3 years ago
  4. O.Christina

    As I am heavily ill since several days I must admit that I am especially aware now of the painful parts, especially ear, bronchus, pain in my forehead and my current lousy state of being. It makes it more than clear to be much more alert and caring than I usually am with my body, who works so well all these years without complaining often. The precious well working body deserves to be much more mindful for. Ant to be grateful for such a gift. Thank you all for your posts.

    3 years ago
    1. sparrow

      You have no idea how much I appreciate your posts,
      and hope that soon,
      dear Ose,
      you are well again

      with love…
      sparrow…

      3 years ago
    2. Michele

      Wishing you a speedy recovery Ose.

      3 years ago
    3. Mica

      Oh, dear Ose, give yourself a big hug!

      3 years ago
    4. Anna

      Oh, dear Ose, I hope that there is nothing serious an you will have a quick recovery. Feel embraced dear friend.

      3 years ago
  5. s
    sb

    Like Craig, I often take for granted the parts I can’t see although there are still times when I marvel at what they are doing inside me, with no conscious direction. As someone with health issues, I am more conscious of certain parts and try to look after them but your questions reminds me that my body is a temple and should be treated accordingly. And, despite my problems, I am so much luckier than many, so I should give thanks more often for what my body can do and how well it does work.

    3 years ago
  6. Mica

    The parts that don’t hurt and that I don’t see in the mirror 🙂

    3 years ago
  7. d
    dcdeb

    My heart. I was once asked by a massage therapist if i could feel anything. I didn’t know what to say because i am just so used to numbing myself out. I guess i do that to protect my heart unknowingly.

    3 years ago
  8. Toni

    When I was young I was a dancer/yoga instructor. I majored in dance education in college and became a dance teacher in secondary school. Since retirement in 2012 i haven’t been working out much or dancing and have put on some weight so I’d have to say my whole body is in need of attention. I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says, “It’s never too late to create a new body”. I need to listen to that advice even at 65. After becoming an acupuncturist 11 years ago I know better and need to put into practice what I know on many levels and take nothing for granted.

    3 years ago
  9. Linda

    My knees! I fell while hiking a few months ago and broke my femur. I healed rapidly, but I am noticing now that my gait is different and it is putting stress on my knees. I sure don’t want to fall again, so I will get a professional opinion on this.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Oh, dear, Linda – I have all manner of knee supports from pharmacies and such. There’s a really good one now, though it’s not particularly inexpensive. I think the knee supports are getting better and better

      3 years ago
      1. Linda

        Hi Mica,

        What is the name of the good knee support you like?

        Thanks!
        Linda

        3 years ago
        1. Mica

          I actually like any cheap knee support, too – just the bit of warmth helps, I think. I put on my fancy one this morn, but my knee was sore at a spot that wasn’t helped, so now I’m wearing a simple old dollar-store knee ‘sleeve’. Warm wishes!

          3 years ago
        2. Mica

          1. This is the closest match I’m finding – I don’t have the box: FUTURO-MMM-364 Ultra Performance Knee Stabilizer, Breathable, Medium – Grey. Mine is Large; Medium was too small. Mine says ‘3M’ instead of ‘MMM’
          2. This is almost the same, except that mine has the 3 lines running thru the center of the ‘O’ instead of near the bottom. FUTURO-48191EN Ultra Performance Knee Stabilizer, Breathable, Large – Gray

          They’re both under $20 on amazon – mine probably cost more at CVS
          Warm wishes! – give yourself a hug

          3 years ago
  10. Heather

    It always amazes me when one part is hurt or unwell how it ripple effects other parts of the body. Headaches lead to nausea. Sciatica down the leg. A broken toe misaligns the hips. Stress effects all the body systems. Take nothing for granted and listen to your body.

    3 years ago
  11. Gracie

    A month of back pain has brought me much appreciation for my overall health & remembering that parts of the body affect other parts of the body. It’s all interconnected. Our body is so intelligent. I give thanks every day for my health & accept my current physical “brokenness” as a part of life. I am also seeking medical care to remedy the situation.

    3 years ago
  12. pkr

    I guess pretty much the whole package, I am sorry to say. I, of course have my conscious moments of thanking my feet, my legs, my lungs, my heart as I take my daily walks. But for the most part I take my body for granted. I do however try to take very good care of her. Lately I am very aware of my left shoulder, it is having issues, so now I am seeing a chiropractor. Great question for me to ponder as I go about my Sunday. 🙂

    3 years ago
  13. Javier Visionquest

    Trees. . . .
    “Your body is synonymous to the earth in the same sense that your mind reflects the world you inhabit. When you take responsibility for each you will heal the whole.”

    3 years ago
  14. Michele

    Perfect timing of this question as I completed a 5K yesterday (St. Pete Pride 5K). Feet are sore today. I take probably all of my body for granted – I’m grateful I can see, grateful for my glasses, the rest of my senses – sound, smell, and taste. My organs, tissues – skin, need to remember to wear sunscreen and protect it. This is a great reminder to take care of all your body.
    Happy National Gardening Exercise Day to all and especially Holly in Ohio:)

    3 years ago
    1. J
      JDS

      So glad you brought up skin / sunscreen ….
      I recently became a poster child for using sunscreen after having a skin cancer lesion which was very close to my eye removed .
      This involved sutures & a huge black eye that was swollen shut for a number of days . I am healing well but I will -never – again take for granted my skin and will slather on sunscreen ( ears included ! ) every time I am exposed to the sun .

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        Wishing you continued healing:)

        3 years ago
  15. Carol

    These days I take none of my body parts for granted. Probably because my body has experienced major changes and limitations in the last two years. However, I certainly did take my body for granted and misuse and abuse it in many ways for many years. Today, I’m extremely aware of how resilient it has been in spite of my misuse and I give thanks.

    3 years ago
  16. GratefulOne

    I would say the parts that I do not see… pancreas, liver, even lungs and heart. But have been doing a meditation that I learned from Kristi’s book – pick 3 body parts to be thankful for. How about you?

    3 years ago
  17. sunnypatti48317

    All of my organs. They sit inside me, doing their job without any effort on my part. And if/when one goes bad, you certainly know it! I never once in 47 years thought about my appendix until it almost ruptured last year (almost a year to date!). I didn’t know what was happening to my generally very healthy body, but I was in pain and none of the usual remedies were helping. Thank God my husband made me go to the ER. Less than 12 hours later, the appendix was out and I was on my way home. While I don’t have that particular part anymore, it certainly made me pause to think about my organs and all they do to keep this body going and all that I can do to keep them going! I definitely take them for granted, so I appreciate this question

    3 years ago
  18. Ed Schulte

    I know full well that it is NOT “My body”, it is only on loan to me so that I may experience travelling in the ‘Kingdom of the Heavens’! So therefore I am not at liberty to take not even one atom of it for granted …..because, .even in that one atom is contained the entire Universe! It is a wonderful -Divine design!…………..

    This is a meditation in Gratitude which helps to put meaning to the to often misunderstood “body” ……….

    Close your eyes and relax, completely, your material body.

    Your body is not yours,…it is the Holy Archangels of the elements , …. they sustaining it, they are entrusted it to, they give it to you, to call it yours.

    Relax all the muscles in your body but feel that you are in it, with attention, but, without tension.

    Just feel that you are in your body.

    Breathe deeply, comfortably, and mentally say……..

    Absolute infinite BE-ing-ness, the Logos, our father, who you are in his heavens and in us……… in your self,….In our Being self and in our body, everything is yours.

    We are yours, our personality self, even sinful, is part of your selfhood. We are in your Oneness.

    We do not ask you to clean us, we ask you to help us to clean ourselves, for your sake. We will try to clean this self of ours, and our present-day personality, so that there will be no stain or dirt on your own Self-hood. Help us to clean ourselves [so that] we to deserve saying…. “we are one with you, and in you”.

    Breathe deeply, ……My Lord you are in the breath I am breathing, you are the life of my bodies and you are the life light of my personality. Help me to understand you. I will clean my personality self, and you clean it also, so that I will not be a stain in your selfhood.

    Inspire me and help me to love all human beings, because whether we called them evil or good, they are as they are…….. in your selfhood. [6:00]

    Divine Father, have mercy upon us.

    Feel him in the pulse of your heart, feel his presence in your body and you will never feel alone.

    Slowly begin to feel you are in your physical body again.

    3 years ago
  19. DeVonna

    Wow…what a great question! I’d have to say in all honesty I take most of it for granted. I assume it will operate as I wish when I want it to. Shame on me! I am going to strive to be conscious of and grateful for my (mostly) healthy body, AND mind.

    3 years ago
  20. devy

    As I’ve gotten older I am learning not to take any part of my body for granted. I am noticing gradual loss of function, increasing aches and pains, having to wear glasses, smelling or taste not as strong as it used to be but I am accepting the reality that this is normal and part of the aging progress. Rather than contemplating and wishing that I was younger and more able, I try to focus on what I can do… and be thankful for the ability that I have rather than what I do not..

    3 years ago
  21. Katrina

    I’m with Dusty Su on this one, not that it’s a contest. The autonomic nervous system is an amazing and miraculous system that by virtue of its name holds everything else in its power. And yet, I hardly think of it unless I have a pinched nerve, or my foot goes to sleep. From blinking eyes, to heart beats, to inhales and exhales, to walking into the next room – my body does (mostly) what I need it to do – though a little slower and with more effort than every – all because of this system.

    3 years ago
  22. RATASHIQ

    What parts of your body do you take for granted? That perhaps would my entire body. I know I need to treat it with my TLC on a consistent basis.

    3 years ago
  23. Don Jones

    I think my feet. From the moment I throw them out of bed to the moment they hit the sheets at night, upon reflection, I seem to take them for granted.

    3 years ago
  24. Howie Geib

    I watched a teen rower yesterday. I had arrived at the boathouse just after a group so they were putting in just before me, and as I waited I couldn’t help but marvel at the ease with which the boat was lifted and carried to the water, and lithely folded himself into the seat and rowed away. The grace was palpably different from my own experience and I was caught up by the sense of envy, not so much of the youthful skeletal and muscular array, but the innocence! As any teen male I assume he was not unconcerned about his appearance as much as the mechanics were something he seemed to have grown into.

    And then I was led (as I often am) on a reverie of my own progression from that intensely awkward age of middle school where my body simply would not stop growing to something more constant in High School. And now, as change once again seems to greet me more often as the mileage takes its toll on my body, it is tempting to harbor a fear of future suffering and loss.

    As I rowed out into the open water and eased into my own pace I certainly was aware of how the gift of the experience was not without risk of ending. And it made the row that much sweeter. The point though is that the joy was tempered by this potential of loss, and while I cannot be certain, presumably that was something my young friend was free of.

    Which brings me to a question about this question: Does taking it for granted necessarily mean something negative? Couldn’t it be something beautiful and be rooted in a deep sense of secure confidence and afford a grounded feeling of peace? Do I have to have the shadow of loss, death I suppose, in every thoughtful experience? I can’t help but conclude I do not. It may be the height of sacrilege in this forum to posit that sometimes the simplicity of unknowing is a fine thing.

    3 years ago
    1. C
      Cliff

      Really appreciated your story and reflections.

      3 years ago
  25. E
    Edith

    My lower back. I experience chronic lower back pain after a bad sprain at work in my mid-twenties. Sometimes, if I don’t consciously notice how I am lying or sitting, the pain flares up and I have a hard time getting myself comfortable in most positions. When the pain flares up, I remember that I should not be taking that body part for granted, and to make sure I am aware of my body postures at all times.

    3 years ago
  26. Kevin

    After seventy-one years of wear and tear on this ever-ageing body, I take no part of my body for granted. Doing so runs the risk of that part screaming for attention!

    3 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      I’m with you on this, Kevin!

      3 years ago
    2. V
      Vincent-Edward Ciliberti

      We happen to be the same age, and I definately share your you thoughts. Take good care

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you, Vincent-Edward, you as well my friend.

        3 years ago
    3. C
      Cliff

      LOL

      3 years ago
  27. EJP

    My heart and my mind……an amazing team which sustains me both physically and mentally yet I often take for granted.

    3 years ago
  28. Antoinette

    My breath. Paying attention to the breath is a refuge and helps me from getting carried away by difficult emotions and helps me to relax. It also helps me come home to the present moment to realize that I am alive and that is truly a reason to be joyful.

    3 years ago
  29. Dusty Su

    The autonomic nervous system, which is internal and unseen. It works so miraculously and without our needing to engage it. I take it for granted, mostly.
    I do a practice with our laughter group in how we thank our body and tell our body that we love it bit by bit. We roar with laughter often when we say we love our bums, our thighs, or bellies, and have to force ourselves to mean it. Yet, I have never led a thank you for the unseen except for our hearts, minds, brain. I will do that next time.

    3 years ago

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