Our bodies love us, unconditionally. How do I know this?
At this moment, the body is working to heal itself.
That’s how my one-minute video of gratitude, Body, begins. Every culture has its standard of (impossible) perfection, a physical measure from which we all deviate with varying levels of self-criticism or even distress.
And yet, the body is a gift, at any size or any age, whether skin is smooth or wrinkled. Even a blemish is simply the body seeking balance.
I love Dr. Arlene Jiamco’s approach to thanking the body. In her recent YouTube video, Gratitude for your body, she describes making peace with her body after having children, wanting her daughters to view themselves with kindness, too. As a physician, she takes viewers on a journey inward through the senses, marveling at our heartbeats, the nourishment of breath and the connection between heart and mind.
Every body deserves kindness and love. May we be grateful. May we all be well.