November 27


Today's Quotation:

Pause then at this thanksgiving season and give thanks for the miracle of selfhood.  Give thanks for yourself, for your health and strength and energy.  Ponder the miracle of your body, which, without your conscious thought, controls heartbeat and respiration, digests food, compounds chemicals, renews cells, combats disease, heals wounds, and maintains equilibrium among its huge and intricate array of separate parts.

Wilferd A. Peterson

Today's Meditation:

How easy it can be to take ourselves for granted!  How easy it can be for us not to notice just how well our bodies function day after day, week after week.  At a time of the year that is dedicated to the concept of gratitude, how important it can be to stop for a few minutes and ponder just what is going right with us, just what our bodies are giving us in the way of performance and health that is simply miraculous in its scope.

It truly is amazing that our bodies do all that they do without our help.  Yes, we feed them and exercise them, and we put band-aids on cuts and visit the doctor when we're sick.  But the rest of the time, our bodies are doing their work without any effort on our part, and doing it well.  Who knows how many viruses and bacteria have entered our bodies during our lifetimes, only to be destroyed by our bodies' immune systems?  We simply can't know all of the amazing things that our bodies have done over the years.

If we can be thankful for our bodies and all that they do, our lives can be richer as we become more conscious of just how fortunate we are to have bodies that function well and allow us to take advantage of all the great things that this world has to offer us.  These wonderful vessels are ours for a lifetime, however long that may last, and it's very important that we be aware of the great gift that we have.

Questions to ponder:

1.  How much work has your body done today without you being aware of it?

2.  What would life be like if our bodies weren't as dependable as they are?

3.  How can we start to feel gratitude for all that our bodies do for us?

For further thought:

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.  The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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