When we focus on dieting and counting calories, it’s easy to create an environment of scarcity and lack. With such a perspective, we get into a cycle of negativity; as a result, our worldview and happiness can contract. When we focus on abundance, on the other hand, the good things in our lives thrive – and our happiness expands.
By practicing gratitude, we can break – and even reverse – this downward cycle of negativity and better align ourselves with both abundance and happiness.
To that end, here are 10 ways that I’m thankful for my body.
- I’m thankful for my legs. They’ve carried me through all my travels, and enabled me to meet so many wonderful people and visit so many awesome places.
- I’m thankful for my arms. They’ve allowed me to hold many of you tight – including a 14 year old girl who came out to me as gay during a recent meet-up in New Jersey. I was the second person she came out to, and through streams of tears, told me that her family would never accept her. I held her tiny, shaking body so tight – and did my best to comfort her and help her find the strength within.
- I’m thankful for my eyes. They’ve allowed me to take in so much beauty. Though it’s easy to grow accustomed to our surroundings, there’s unfathomable beauty all around us. Always. We just need to stop, get off Instagram or Facebook, put down our phones and simply be.
- I’m thankful for my strong hands. I love the power of touch, and I love feeling my boyfriend’s body in my hands. I love exploring and getting lost in his body; my fingers are like little adventurers discovering a new land.
- I’m thankful for my lungs. Whenever I get lost in the chaos of life or my own silly self-importance, I shift focus to my breath. Inhale. Exhale. My lungs are a wise teacher, enabling me to be present and aware.
- I’m thankful for my voice. It allows me to speak my truth and hopefully – even in some small way – help inspire others to find theirs.
- I’m thankful for my lips. They allow me to kiss. And, just as important, they receive kisses. I love and appreciate the connection that my lips help to facilitate.
- I’m thankful for my ears. They allow me to hear the words of my many teachers and the people who inspire me.
- I’m thankful for my stomach. I love to eat, and my stomach receives all the delicious foods that I consume. I enjoy experiencing the abundance of delicious flavors and fueling my body with the nutrients it needs.
- I’m thankful for my genitals. Yes, I definitely am. They have brought me so much pleasure and so much joy, and allow me to connect with other people at the level of their soul.
Even if you’re not at your goal weight or build, perhaps some of these reasons will also resonate with you. Even as you express gratitude, you can feel your entire mood – and perhaps even your spirit – shift to a higher level.
In the comments below, please share the ways in which you are thankful for your body.
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