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  1. V
    Varsha

    I don’t think we should choose one part ever. I know we all like a certain part of our body because it make us look better or appears good in a photo. But when it comes to choosing to take care and treasure, we should be sure to choose them all.

    3 years ago
  2. Mary Pat

    This morning when I read this, I honestly could not think of an answer. My mind had nothing….but now, looking back on my day, it is crystal clear what I am grateful for and what I treasure of my body.
    Today, as planned, my husband and I went to Lily Lake, which is in Rocky Mountain National Park, but not really in it…but is part of it…some would argue it is in the Park, but not me. You can get to it easier than the rest and we have gone there for years…but over the past maybe 5 years, one of us has been ill, or had surgery, or something and haven’t been able to make the trip…it is about 1 1/2 hours from our home, so is not that close, really….anyway, today we left and took our picnic lunch with us, bug spray and sunblock, and off we went…and it was grand! I now know I treasure every body part I have, no matter how imperfect it is, because this body got this soul to that Park! We had a lovely picnic lunch, and did the Lily Lake Loop. And we both made it! Although the Loop is only .8 miles, at 9,000 feet altitude, it takes awhile, and alot of energy to make it all the way around. But we did and it was worth the effort.
    We saw Mount Meeker and Longs Peak from a distance, as well as the Continental Divide, if you knew what that grey colored bunch of moundy-looking stuff was in the distance. And we did. Without the strength and dexterity of these bodies, we couldn’t have done it, but we did., So now I know for certain I treasure every used, old, and imperfect part of this body, and am very grateful!

    3 years ago
    1. Debra

      Mary: Thank you for providing a visual in my mind’s eye of Rocking Mountain National Park. That’s where my late husband of 41 years and I spent our honeymoon. Love the memory and love your depiction.

      3 years ago
  3. Nancy Walton-House63093

    I don’t treasure my body as I should since it is a gift from God. Occasionally I do notice and give thanks for this gift. I use my five senses, brain and voice daily. I realize how important they are to me and how my life depends on them. I am consciously improving my physical self-care though I have much room for improvement. I pray often for increased consciousness and commitment to physical self-care. My recent emergency surgery made this need more apparent to me.

    3 years ago
  4. Dusty Su

    A laughter and gratitude exercise I lead goes…
    “I love my body…thank you body…
    Group repeats.
    I love my brain…thank you brain…
    Group repeats.
    I love my eyes….thank you eyes…
    Group repeats.
    I love my ears…etc.”

    Chanted on down through the body like an army drill. Everyone laughs at their bum and tum and has a hard time meaning it. Great way to get back into this amazing earth life experience vehicle. I never tire of it.

    3 years ago
  5. d
    dcdeb

    All of it .

    3 years ago
  6. s
    sb

    It is all too easy to focus on bits you don’t treasure, but as some people have already said, our body is a whole package, which allows us to do so much, both for ourselves and for others, to enjoy the amazing world out there and to be part of that wide world.

    3 years ago
  7. Antoinette

    Holding illusionary illusionary appearances to be true makes you weary.

    3 years ago
  8. Don Jones

    Likes or dislikes, loves or hates, chocolate or vanilla, treasure or despise … all of these questions are like chewing gum on the footpath. A trap for the unwary.

    3 years ago
  9. Jess

    I treasure my eyes bc they are always changing and I treasure my skin because it needs a little extra love and care while I am healing my mind, body, spirit, and living abundantly. Thank you for my many blessings that I gladly receive.

    3 years ago
  10. Mica

    The ones I don’t treasure are easier to find – I have what Ursula LeGuin once described as a ‘long pleated Irish upper lip’ and when Zoom softens my image, it seems to think that some of the ‘pleats’ in my upper lip need to be retained in all their hard edges! [I’m zooming at a virtual conference this week.]

    3 years ago
  11. Linda

    I treasure my legs. They are strong for all the walking I do. I also treasure my feet. Despite the usual issues that I and many women have after wearing heels and poorly fitting shoes in our youth, they still carry me around!

    3 years ago
    1. J
      JDS

      Oh yes !
      I have been a walker/ hiker too for years .
      So appreciate my legs and feet !
      I was lucky in my profession ( nurse )that I was able to wear athletic shoes in the work world all these years .
      Saved my feet so I can still do those miles now !

      3 years ago
  12. O.Christina

    Today, especially my fingernails and the dirt underneath, as they speak of the time today when I felt happy and grateful for the chance to digging in the soil for caring for the place outside, while the sun was shining on the delicate white-rose roses on top of the rose arbor. A moment of inner peace and joy, for which I am grateful to share with all of you here.

    3 years ago
  13. Debra

    I am appreciative of my health and my body as a whole. If I singularly focus on a body part that I treasure, it is my eyes and the gift of glorious sight.

    3 years ago
  14. B
    BasicMarsh

    As one can tell from the array of responses, this question was a toughie. So…trying to stay true to the question posed…I came up with two parts…both because when they were injured or out of commission for a period I came to appreciate them and realize how much I take them for granted. And those two parts are…my ribs and my hands. Try doing the most mundane things when you have broken ribs or a hand in a cast and you’ll understand my response.

    3 years ago
  15. Holly in Ohio

    I welcome this time to appreciate and care for my body, which cares for me and allows me to do and appreciate so much.

    This week I am especially appreciative of digestion. I have had increasing digestive issues (not sure if it is a food allergy or IBS), but I have decided to be proactive to help it, and find habits and foods (and maybe probiotics) to heal it. I welcome this partnership with my body and the communication that it gives me, as well as the multitude of ways, each day, it serves me.

    3 years ago
  16. Holly in Ohio

    It’s like our children… mustn’t have a favorite! They are all different, and all good!

    3 years ago
  17. Ed Schulte

    First off, it is NOT “my body” …it is on loan to me so I, as eternal Spirit-Soul-Self, can use it as a vehicle to travel in and experience the “Kingdom of the Heavens” .

    So, ALL of it is “cherished” …to the highest degree of love and respect I can give to the Intelligences who maintain this “vehicle” for me, Archangel Gabriel being the highest of the highest in that respect, though the Power or the Holy Spirit.

    3 years ago
  18. Maeve

    At first, I found this a strange question. but as I write, and name all the different activities I am able to do, I see the value in being very specific: There are so many activities I can do, and here is an opportunity to be very specific.

    I treasure and appreciate that I have a strong working body at the age of 69. What parts of my body? All of it, as many have said: my legs, arms, torso. My legs, lungs and torso are strong enough for me to hike in the White Mountains. Not as fast as I used to do, but still can do. My knees are cooperating with the ups and downs. Thank you, knees! Oh, my feet as well! Healthy and attractive after years of going barefoot. My hands too. This morning I picked up my recorder and played “Morning has broken”– I can move my fingers with agility. Also good strong hands to garden, as I have done a lot in the past week.

    This has turned out to be a good, short appreciation writing….

    3 years ago
  19. sunnypatti48317

    The sum of the whole! It took 48 years, but I have finally learned to love my body and all of its imperfections.

    3 years ago
  20. G
    Gregoire

    My feet. That lead me on the path of life. My eyes allow me to see those in need and my heart because it allows me to share the love it harbors.

    3 years ago
  21. Carla

    I join with others and say “All of me.” My body is all integrated to make up my physical being that exists on this planet at this time. I admit I do have a fondness for my natural curly hair😊

    3 years ago
  22. Kimmy

    My brain.

    3 years ago
  23. DeVonna

    My spirit because it is eternal.

    3 years ago
  24. Michele

    It would be easier to say which part I do NOT treasure at the moment, however, I will say that I do treasure my body as a whole, down to the microscopic level. Truly an incredible vehicle for our soul.

    3 years ago
  25. Patricia

    It’s a whole package, isn’t it? It’s all of me, including those mysterious parts – mitochondria, gut bacteria, the lining of my insides… Thank you to all of you for your work and your very being!

    3 years ago
  26. GratefulOne

    Every single one of them. There is a nice mediatation in Kristi Nelson’s book “Wake Up Grateful” that I often use. You think of 3 body parts as you wake up from sleep and you say that you are grateful for each one. Today I am grateful for my eyes, my heart and my back.

    3 years ago
  27. Trish

    To be clear, I treasure all the parts~even the ones that aren’t so adorable….perhaps I can treat those parts today, lavishing extra attention & love upon them. Sometimes I forget the importance of that.

    3 years ago
  28. Howie Geib

    My eyes (and their ability for sight) allow for the inspiration for so much of what brings value to my experience moment to moment, quickly followed by all the other sense related organs. For it is my ability to observe and appreciate the variations of contour, color and delineations of the landscape I am contemplating along with the interpretation of the expressions of those whose paths cross mine that I rely on for so much of what I do to entertain myself and occupy my mind and imagination.

    3 years ago
  29. EJP

    My heart which provides me with strength, courage, peace, love and joy.

    3 years ago
  30. SK

    My hair. My hands because they remind me of mom’s hands. My legs that take me places. My smile.

    3 years ago
  31. Christine

    Every part. I walk with my feet, I bend with my knees, I dance with my hips, I feel with my heart, I can be kind with my mouth, I hear with my ears, I smile with my eyes, I work, play the piano, gardening, and so much more with my hands…..this reflection can be a mile long I think 😊.

    3 years ago

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