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A prayer of gratitude for our bodies

For all, especially those who have suffered physical pain, I want to draw your attention to an inspiring and meaningful perspective of our relationship with our body.

We all take our bodies for granted, we just assume it does what we ask them to, and it does, until we are ill or suffer a physical trauma. I came across a poignant and beautifully written

quote by a forest monk, Bjorn Natthiko which has helped me enormously to be grateful and compassionate towards my body and to help me accept changes that inevitably occur.

"Thank you body, for doing your best, all the time, every day. You're fighting an uphill battle now. I see you. You get absolutely nothing for free anymore. And yet you do everything you can for me.

I'm doing everything I can to help you. And I can see it's not enough. Not nearly. And yet, you fight on, giving it everything you have, day after day. You're my hero.

I promise never to be angry with you again when yet another movement becomes impossible for you. I promise to listen more and better to you than I have ever before. I promise not to ask more of you than you can and want to give. I'm sorry for all the times I did just that.

Last and most important, I solemnly swear that when I can't go on any longer, we'll do what you want. When the time comes, I'm going to do everything I can just to surrender and be grateful. To rest in trust and acceptance. To take joy from the amazing life we've had and to whisper to you with a steady and undaunted voice:

Thy will be done, not mine."

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