Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Have you ever stopped to think about your lungs? Air passages branching off, once below your throat, again in each lung, two in the right, three in the left and again and again and again. Smaller and smaller until the air spaces look like a million little leaves. Turn this upside down and you have a tree, a head of cauliflower. When nature finds a good design she tends to reuse it.
Feel the rhythm of your heart beat. This pulse so intimately linked with your breath. Blood traveling from body to heart to lungs, back to the heart and then out into the body to begin again. These tiny cells picking up vital oxygen and taking it just where you need it, clearing out the waste and taking that to be exhaled, released, let go of. With every exhale you let go of what you no longer need.
Your muscles and bones, the structure that makes you who you are. The definition of your physical self. The face you see in the mirror, your ability to move, to dance – to sit quietly, nobly upright, stable as a mountain. The good sore you feel after you’ve pushed yourself to your limit and maybe just beyond as your muscles re-grow, stronger than before, more able to take what comes.
Miles of electrical wiring, more intricate than the most advanced computer. You breathe with no thought, you stand and walk and talk with utmost simplicity because of this miraculous design. Motor output, sensory input and an ever-changing and incessant feedback system to make it all just so.
This is your body. Your beautiful, miraculous, one-in-a-million body. The only one you get. Give thanks and take care of it.