Gratitude. We are taught at a young age to be gracious for people being kind, for holding the door, for pouring a glass of water before making the request, for a gift that was unexpected. When was the last time you thanked your body?
Think about the amount of punishment, torture, and pain your body experiences on a daily basis. Humans were designed to be active – that’s why we stand on two feet and legs! Humans were designed to move freely. The majority of our work day consists of sitting – in the car, at the desk, in a conference room, at the dinner table. Some of us head to the gym or the track or a trail for 30 – 90 minutes. And some who may not get to the gym during the week make up for it on the weekends with a 5 mile hike in the woods lugging water bottles, slickers, snacks, and family members. Gosh – if you did that to your old car, would it run efficiently for you? Imagine you have an extra car in the garage which you take out on the weekend twice a month. Without a regular oil change or topping off the fluids or even filling up the tank, that old classic will have a tough time getting you from point A to point B. In fact, you may not have much confidence it will even make it half way down the street without a little push! But we do this to our bodies on a regular basis!
Many of my clients hear me talk about the power of our internal dialogue. That conversation you have with yourself every morning before you get out of bed is one of the more important ones of the day. When was the last time you said to yourself, “OMG, I do not want to get up!” or “This day is going to suck!” WHOA – what are you doing? You’re setting yourself up for a crappy day! When was the last time you began with gratitude? Have you ever said to yourself, “I am grateful for the chance to make a difference today.” or “I am grateful I have a body that is strong enough to carry me through today.” Now smile
When you can appreciate your body for all it does – it heals when it gets cut, it carries you in high heels, it digests foods that may or may not be healthy, it can hold the same position for hours, and it can even provide protection to those you love.
Give this a try. For one week. Every morning before you open your eyes and every night before you fall asleep, repeat to yourself, “I am grateful for the strength my body provides, I am grateful for my health, I am grateful for those basic necessities that I may take for granted.” Feel free to add your own positive spin. See what happens in one week’s time and then let me know how it goes! Let’s Get Moving!