The next time you’re feeling down or discouraged remember that there is no need to despair. In this short article you’ll find out why.
The Miracle Is You!: How Our Bodies Work Wonders Every Day
If I client came in to my office and she/he was experiencing personal issues, I would go through the following exercise with them. Stay with me. You will find this content very helpful. I guarantee it!
Have you ever stopped to marvel at the amazing feats that your body performs every day? You might not realize it, but you are a living, walking, talking miracle. Every single second, your heart pumps about 10 quarts of blood, which adds up to 600 gallons per day. That’s enough to fill a small swimming pool! Your red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body and removes waste and carbon dioxide. We’re not even conscious of this are we? It just happens!
But your heart is not the only organ that works tirelessly to keep you alive and healthy. Your digestive system, for example, uses a series of muscular contractions called peristalsis to move food along your esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
You don’t have to think about swallowing or digesting your food; it happens automatically. Your digestive system also breaks down the food into smaller molecules that can be absorbed into your bloodstream and used for energy, growth and repair.
It involves waves of involuntary contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the walls of the hollow organs, such as the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Peristalsis ensures smooth digestion and elimination of waste products.
Peristalsis is the rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the smooth muscles in the walls of the gastrointestinal tract that propels food and waste through the digestive system. Peristalsis is controlled by both the autonomic nervous system and the enteric nervous system, which are the two main components of the involuntary nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system regulates peristalsis through the parasympathetic division, which stimulates peristaltic activity and the sympathetic division which inhibits it. The enteric nervous system is a network of neurons and nerve fibers embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract that can function independently of the central nervous system and respond to local stimuli such as distension or acidity. All of these processes are going on outside of our conscious awareness. Once again, it happens without you even thinking about it!
And what about your lungs? We breathe without thinking about it don’t we? But did you know that you inhale and exhale about 12 times per minute, or 17,280 times per day? That’s a lot of air! Your lungs take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to your blood and expel carbon dioxide and water vapor from your body. Your lungs also filter out dust, pollen, bacteria and other particles that could harm you.
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the human body and that it is constantly renewing itself. The process of skin cell turnover, also known as desquamation, occurs every 28 to 30 days meaning that we have an entirely new skin every 30 days! During this process, old skin cells are shed from the surface of the skin and replaced with new ones. This process is essential for maintaining the health and appearance of the skin, as it helps to remove dead cells, prevent infection and protects the body from environmental damage.
These are just some of the examples of how your body works wonders every day. But there is much more going on at the microscopic level! A world renowned cellular biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton, tells us that you have about 50 trillion cells in your body, each one performing a specific function.
Dr. Lipton goes further and tells us that each cell undergoes about 100,000 chemical reactions every second! That’s a staggering amount of activity and it’s really impossible for the human mind to come to grips with numbers of this magnitude!
Moreover your cells are constantly communicating with each other, repairing damage, fighting infections, producing hormones and making new cells. All of this activity is going on without us even being conscious of it!
These processes are coordinated by your nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and nerves. Your nervous system is like the control center of your body. It receives information from your senses, processes it and sends signals to your muscles and organs. It also regulates your emotions, memory, learning, creativity and consciousness.
You might be wondering: how does all of this happen? How does your body know what to do and when to do it? The answer is: genes. Genes are segments of DNA that contain instructions for making proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of life. They determine how your cells function and how you look. You inherit your genes from your parents, but they can also be influenced by your environment and lifestyle.
Your genes make you unique. No one else has the exact same combination of genes as you do! That means that you have a unique set of talents, abilities, preferences and personality traits. And I’m here to tell you that you also have a unique purpose in life. You are here for a reason. You have something to offer to the world that no one else can!
So at this point in the exercise I would ask my client “what is all of this? What causes all of these things to happen completely outside of our conscious awareness?” Most people would respond with “well, that’s just life.” Well, that may be true but that response doesn’t explain all of this does it? So what is the explanation?
You Are a Miracle! | And So Is Everyone Else!
You are a walking, talking miracle! And so is everyone else! We are all part of the same human family, sharing the same planet, breathing the same air. We are all connected by our common biology and our common destiny. We are all here to learn, grow, love and contribute.
So the next time you feel down or discouraged, remember who you are: the miracle is you!
You have a powerful and amazing body that works wonders every day. You have a brilliant and creative mind that can solve problems and create beauty. You can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. You can think and feel emotions! You have a compassionate and loving heart that can heal wounds and spread joy. The simple truth is that you have a divine and eternal soul that is connected with God and everyone else.
You are a miracle. And you are not alone.
What do you mean ‘you are not alone’?
So many people struggle with feelings of loneliness, isolation or disconnection from others. Sometimes, these feelings can be overwhelming and affect our mental health, well-being and happiness.
The phrase ‘you are not alone’ can have different meanings depending on the context and the person who says it. Here are some possible interpretations:
You are not alone in your feelings or experiences. Other people have gone through similar situations or challenges and can empathize with you. You can find comfort, support and inspiration from their stories and advice.
You are not alone in your journey or goals. There are people who care about you and want to help you succeed. You can reach out to them for guidance, encouragement or assistance when you need it. They will be there for you along the way.
But, above all else, you are not alone in this world. There is a higher power, a divine source, a universal energy that loves you and watches over you. Can you accept that everything happens for a reason and that you have a purpose and a destiny? The truth is that you can connect with this omnipresent, omnipotent spiritual force through prayer, meditation or gratitude.
The message behind ‘you are not alone’ is clear: you have value, you have potential, you have hope and always remember that you are not alone. You don’t have to face life’s challenges by yourself. You can find strength, comfort and joy in your relationships with others and with yourself.
Above all, understand who you are:
“I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ Psalm 82:6
“…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? John 10:34
So many people get discouraged, despair and even fall into depression! They self-sabotage the success they might otherwise enjoy because of issues they have with their own self-image. Some people won’t even try new things because they do not consider themselves able or worthy of success or they think they don’t have the intelligence, the right connections, the right education and so on. An inadequate or damaged self-image is, in reality, an unnecessary, limiting belief.
Over the years I have learned that the image one has of one’s own self in their mind’s eye is a critical determinant of how far one goes in life. It determines one’s ability to succeed, not only financially, but in their relationships, even in their ability to be a good parent! In a word, the self-image determines the ‘realm of the possible’. As Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right”
As we touched on earlier, other things I like asking people about is whether they have ever thought about the science behind sight or of hearing or any of our other senses. Of course, with sight, we know that our eyes take in the light reflected from an image and this image is translated from the back of the eye into electrical impulses sent to the brain which interprets the image we actually see.
Now don’t expect me to explain the science in any more detail than that. The point is that the ability to see is a complex phenomena that most of us don’t really understand. We just know that it is there. The same can be said of our hearing and all of the other of our senses. All of us take so much for granted don’t we?
Why don’t we now go one step further and ask ourselves “What about my ability to think, to set goals, to communicate with others, to feel love, empathy, gratitude or any other positive emotion? Or, alternatively, what about envy, jealousy, anger, fear or any of the negative emotions? What are feelings anyway? We only know that positive emotions make us “feel” good and that negative emotions make us “feel” bad.
But the deeper question becomes “How do we explain all of this?” What is an emotion? Or how do we explain that our heart keeps beating, even while we sleep, without any conscious thought? Albert Einstein recognized that, once you start to understand the universe, you cannot but realize that there is intelligent design behind it all.
So getting back to the question of what is all of this? What power keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your 50 trillion cells cranking out 100,000 chemical reactions per second? What is the power that gave us the gifts of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell? What is the power that gave us all the ability to feel emotion, to communicate with one another, to think, to make plans, to imagine, to make choices. What is the power that keeps us alive every second of every day? The answer my friends is that the conclusion is obvious. Have you figured out what it is? I am sure that by now at least some of you have.
We are walking, talking miracles, all of us! You don’t need to go to Lourdes to witness a miracle. You don’t need to read the Bible to discover all of the miracles that Jesus performed. Would you like to see a miracle? Look in the mirror!
When you begin to digest and accept this truth, the view you have of yourself in your mind’s eye cannot help but change. An inadequate self-image begins to undergo a profound change in light of this new consciousness. You may find that the relationship you have with your spouse will start to improve. You will realize an increased capacity to be a better parent. When you begin to fully digest and embrace this truth you will cannot help but feel more confident and, over time, that confidence will allow you to become a better employee or employer. You will become more successful in all areas of your life. Your outlook on life will begin to improve. Even your physical health will begin to improve as well!
So you see, we are all connected to a higher power. Accept and embrace this truth and change your life. But remember that we are all connected to one another as well. This is what we need to remember in this divided, chaotic world. We are social beings. Isn’t it time to recognize that we are all one?
This sense of belonging at a community and even broader level contributes to your individual sense of wellness also. Here’s a post where the sense of community is explored and how that sense contributes to individual wellness.–> Community Wellness
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