Your body believes every story you tell it…
… And it believes them.
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Welcome to Day 3 of your 7 Day Gratitude Kick Start programme!
How did you get on with yesterday’s technique – making a daily date with gratitude? Any insights? Any questions? I’d love to hear from you, over at our forum: Gratitude Kick Start Members-Only Forum!
Today we’re getting out of our minds and into our bodies. And I’d like to start with a question:
When did you last say thank you to your body?
We are so good at complaining about our bodies – everything they can’t do, everything that hurts or aches or limits us in some way. But how often do we notice all the things it can do? How often do we thank it for the fact that we’re still here – we’re still breathing, we can (somehow) read this message, we can do most of what we want to?
One of the great things about gratitude is that it helps you to focus on what is going well, what is actually here, rather than what might be missing.
Whether you’re a finely-tuned athlete or more at home on a sofa, your body is working for you, 24 hours a day, without any expectation of gratitude.
But saying ‘thank you’ to it, every now and then, can shift the way you think about your body, the way you treat it and, amazingly, even the way it performs.
Remember Roger Bannister and his famous sub-4-minute-mile, all those years ago? Prior to his race, people believed that no one could run a mile in under 4 minutes. What the athletes believed impacted the athletes’ performances. And after Roger broke that barrier, a flood of athletes soon followed.
You body listens to the stories you tell it – and it believes them.
If those stories are complaints, lamenting all the things your body can’t do, then your body will perform to match your stories.
If you change those stories to allow yourself to notice all the things your body can do, then it will give you more of that. But don’t take my word for it – let’s try it out with today’s technique!
Nothing and no one in life will ever do more for you than your body. How about taking a minute or two today to thank it for all it does for you?
Changing Your Body Stories – With Gratitude[audio:http://]
- During the day today, pause at a random point to notice what you body is doing for you in that moment.
- Become aware of the part of your body that is the ‘leader’ in that moment and say ‘thank you’ to it.
- Allow that feeling of gratitude to gently fill that area of your body – and to flow throughout your Being. Allow yourself to smile and relax.
- It doesn’t matter whether your body was brushing your teeth or taking you up the stairs at work, or reading this message say ‘thank you’ to it.
- Repeat this at random points during your day and you’ll soon be retraining your Monkey Mind to focus on feeling grateful for your body.
To each and every function in my body, I say ‘Thank you’.
I hope you enjoy today’s gratitude technique!
Remember you can share how you get on with it and get answers to any questions, over at your members-only forum: What Are Your ‘Body Stories’?.
I’ll be back tomorrow when we’ll be discovering the magic of every-day objects to help you take your gratitude to the next level.
See you then.