Body Talk: 4 Tips For Telling Your Body Thank-You!


By Cheryl A. Russel | Tut 


From your head to your toes, your body does a lot for you. Regardless of how you are feeling in this moment, what are your thoughts about your body? Are you truly thankful for everything it is doing on your behalf?

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Do you appreciate your cells? Your bones? Your organs? Take the liver, for example. According to the book Own Your Own Body by Dr. Stan Malstrom, “If the functions of the liver were reproduced, it would require the equivalent space of a square block, five stories high.” Talk about awesome. The liver definitely deserves a BIG thank you—often!

Using a practice I call Body ThankYouology, you can find all sorts of ways to thank your body—any time and anywhere. I recommend practicing this daily! Try these tips and see how easy it is to think thankful thoughts that will noticeably improve your health and well-being.

Create thank-you affirmations
Affirmations communicate positive energy to your body.  Here’s a simple and fun three-step process to get you started:

  1. Make a list from A to Z of positive adjectives such as “adorable,” “beautiful,” “exquisite,” and so on.
  2. Write an alphabetical list of specific parts of your body.
  3. Create thank-you affirmations by matching each part of your body with a corresponding adjective from your list that starts with the same letter. Example: Thank you adorable arms, beautiful brain, and happy heart.

Feel free to embellish your affirmations with profuse thank you’s, and use terms such as “grateful” and “appreciate.” The more you express your gratitude, the greater your body’s response will be. Recite your thank-you affirmations during any activity—walking, climbing stairs, driving, or doing household chores. You can even sing your affirmations, or if you enjoy writing poetry, try thank-you rhymes like this one:

Thank you to my exciting eyes.
You are both such a special prize!

Practice grateful meditations
For a thank-you meditation, sit in a quiet space and close your eyes. Using your A-Z affirmations, start either at the top of your head or with your feet, and say “thank you” to each part of your body during a focused visualization. This is a great meditation to help you fall asleep or resume sleeping if you awaken in the night. Your body will appreciate the extra TLC.

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