C’mon say it. Whether you’re feeling hot to trot or a bit at odds with your love handles, your body deserves accolades for what it will do for you today.
- heart will beat between 86,400 – 144,000 times
- lungs will breathe between 17,000 – 30,000 times (around 11,000 liters of air, or about 550 liters of oxygen)
- eyes will blink up to 28,000 times
- kidneys will process about 200 liters of blood, with around1-2 liters of waste leaving your body as urine
The point is, your body does some amazing things every day, hour, minute, second – without you having to even think about it. The involuntary actions it undertakes whether you’re sitting, standing, sleeping, exercising or eating are AWESOME.
When it’s out of synch we feel it, but most of the time it just does stuff to automatically optimize its function. And I’d like to suggest you take a moment to be grateful. Really, give it a hand. Let’s even go beyond providing applause and find some generous ways to support it today.
In my coaching work, I emphasize the importance of listening to your body (MOJO Maker #5) – it’s likely telling you something important!
That indigestion after eating? Skin irritation? Fatigue? Headache? Yeah, those are signs. Take notice and explore them to understand what they’re trying to tell you. If those reactions happen consistently after eating a particular food, participating in a certain activity, or being in a certain environment, I suggest you experiment with making some adjustments – there’s a good chance they will subside. Really, I’m not kidding.
I have a strong averse reaction to bell peppers. I used to love them, but now just the smell of them makes my stomach cringe. People often suggest that I “just take them out.” I wish I could – there are so many dishes that incorporate them! But to my body they are a contaminant. The simple act of eating a food that has touched a bell pepper causes immediate indigestion and discomfort. So I don’t do it to myself. I know people who found that certain items or activities don’t agree with them, yet they still do them. Hello self-sabotage at work!
Although your body may let you get away with things for a short period of time, it won’t forever – especially as we age. Our digestive enzymes and the body’s tolerance for such reckless and might I suggest even childish behavior gives out at some point. Let’s nip that in the bud and demonstrate some self-love instead!
The body is resilient – it wants to heal. It’s built to heal! When I hear about people doing radical cleanses it breaks my heart a little. Your body has automatic cleansing mechanisms – fuel it with whole foods, full breaths of air, hydration, sleep, supportive relationships and activities and it will reward you with energy, glowing skin, regular digestion, weight control, and reduced reactions such as headache, bloating, fatigue, constipation or whatever go-to experience your body falls back on when it’s trying to tell you something.
And when your body is fighting an illness, recovering from an injury or mending from a difficult emotional situation, it’s even more important to pay attention to the omens along the way.
When I injured my knee, for months it took a massive effort to get to the bathroom or the mailbox. Now that I’m able to re-integrate exercise and activities I’ve missed, it’s feeling strong and functioning almost back to normal again. I nearly don’t even notice it – something that would have been unfathomable even a short time ago. Ever experience a sudden stomach virus? At the time you think you’ll never feel the same, but once it’s over you’re like new and raring to go. Thank your body’s resiliency!
I like to think that’s your soul at work. In my humble opinion, your soul is a voluntary muscle and you choose whether to flex it or not.
You can be alive and body functioning optimally, but without a thriving soul, why bother. I read somewhere that “Without the soul, the body is like a light bulb without electricity, a computer without the software, a space suit with no astronaut inside. With the introduction of the soul, the body acquires life, sight and hearing, thought and speech, intelligence and emotions, will and desire, personality and identity.”
With an attentive soul and optimal function body, you will thrive!
So let’s marry these folks. Reach down into your soul and thank your body for three ways it’s serving you right now. Even thank those love handles. Stand in front of the mirror naked and say, “I love you,” regardless of the flaws you tend to focus on. No negativity allowed during this exercise!
Please share what your grateful for and how you will reward your body for its hard work.
Please note what signals your body is sending you, and what you’re going to do about it. What actions will you take? What mechanisms could you put in place to measure the outcomes?
Your body is amazing and I applaud it!
Chief MOJO Maker™