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Dear Body, Thank You


Dear body, I’d like to take a moment to thank you. Thank you for being here for me every day. Thank you for breathing in and out, filling my blood with oxygen so that I can respire, even when I forget to be mindful of my breathing. Thank you for pumping my heart muscles, pushing that blood all throughout me, often at unnecessarily elevated rates due to my silly worries and anxieties.

Thank you for figuring out what to do with all the photons of light that hit my eyes, turning them into images for my brain to ponder. Thanks for getting along with the contacts that I wear. Thank you that I can clearly see my doggers snout in my face as I first wake up.

Thank you for detecting sound waves so that I can listen to beautiful music, the chirping of birds, the nighttime crickets, the rippling brooks. I know the noisy neighbors, blaring car alarms, and overhead helicopters aren’t your fault. Thank you for detecting minute airborne particles so that I can smell the incredible scents of jasmine, tangerines, cloves, sage, and rain.  And so I know when it’s time to shower.

Thank you for doing something with all the food I eat. Thank you for the strength in my muscles for yoga, for sustaining the energy I need to hike, and for keeping my brain in good shape for science. Thanks for taking the brunt of all the stuff I eat emotionally, making you find places to store the excess. Sorry about that. You deserve better.

I’m really amazed how hard you work day in and out just so I can carry my racing thoughts about. Metabolizing, synthesizing, repairing DNA, reacting enzymes, pumping against gradients, fighting off foreign bodies, cohabitating with native bacteria, sorting, processing, eliminating, generating energy, using energy, replicating, recycling. Damn impressive. I think I will thank you more often.

I’m really grateful for you, body. I’m grateful you’re alive. I’m grateful for all the health I do have. I’m grateful for all the things I can do.

Dear Body, Thank You.


  1. Wow Julie!
    That was wonderful. I’ve been thanking my body since before the surgeries, and asking the right hip for “just one more day, then you can retire.”
    We know how important gratitude is but I have never chunked it down to that about of detail.
    Today will be different!
    And thank you Julie, for the reminder.

    • Thank you Shelle! Monday I wrote one paragraph of support for my body and it made such a huge difference, I decided to write today’s whole blog in support of my body! It feels SO WONDERFUL! I’ve also been thinking supportive thoughts, but something about writing it down makes a difference. I think you get increased impact in this order think<write<share! 😀

  2. This is such a beautiful follow-up to your I LOVE YOU JULIE post. An emerging way of being, of seeing yourself and your life. So beautiful, thank you for your gentle and strong reminders. 🙂

  3. Thinking is huge. Speaking empowers by 10x. I don’t know what ‘writing’ does but I think it’s time to try and find out!

  4. This is LOVELY. I’m going to send it to my son who’s still recovering from life saving surgery and to his wife, too, so we can all turn our thoughts to his continued good health.
    PS Thank you for following me, too!

  5. Reblogged this on Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife and commented:
    This is so lovely and a great idea for being thankful to US. Something to think about other than Loubies and Chanel. And also will serve to kick off my theme for October….Healthy Living

  6. This was so beautiful it made me cry. Thank You.

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