A friend of mine made a sarcastic post about being “excited to see all the new ‘You’s’ in the new year” and it got me to thinking…. we make such an effort to recreate, resolute, innovate and engineer ourselves into something bigger, better, faster and stronger – but why?
Why do we have to make such drastic changes and invest so much effort into our growth? Have we forgotten that without any trying – as infants we flipped onto our bellies, shuffled ourselves to a crawl, and hoisted up on our own to walk – without much guidance at all? Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part – this is the natural path we take as humans.
We have become so hard on ourselves in this present day and age, beating ourselves up and forcing ourselves to become financial gurus, social savants, athletic scientists and health dignitaries. I found myself paralyzed to the couch one morning last week with the mental pressure and anxiety I had put on myself about how I was going to reinvent my career to expand my revenue stream. AND. FOR. WHAT?
I had the opportunity to guide a couple dozen community members this morning in a yoga class and as they laid down in corpse pose for savasana, it dawned on me. We are already perfect. We have already arrived in this moment as the very best we can possibly offer the world. Just because we exist. Do you know, really, how amazing your body is, all by itself? Here are just a few really neat truths about the body….
1. It all began with ONE:
Your body is made up of approximately 100 trillion cells. Each came from the division of one single cell. 300 million cells die every minute, which is really just a small fraction of the number we have. We produce 300 billion new cells every day and your body is constantly repairing and rebuilding.
2. Your brain is a scientific work of art:
The brain can hold five times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Nerve impulses travel at 170 miles per hour. The brain is comprised of 80% water. And, it functions on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb.
3. Hair Care:
Every day, you’ll probably lose between 60-100 strands of hair. Most lose 50% of scalp hair before it’s even noticeable. Also, hair is virtually indestructible. Aside from flammability, human hair decays at such a slow rate that it is practically non-disintegrative.
4. To the beat of your Heart:
The human heart creates enough pressure to send blood 30 feet. That much pressure is needed to pump blood through 60,000 miles of veins and capillaries. The heart pumps 6 quarts of blood, circulating three times through the body every minute. In one day, your blood travels a total of 12,000 miles.
5. Magic touch:
Each square inch of your skin has four yards of nerve fibers, 600 pain sensors, 1300 nerve cells, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors, 75 pressure sensors, 100 sweat glands, 3 million cells, and 3 yards of blood vessels.
6. Eye see you:
Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man. We’ll blink once every four seconds. That’s because eyelashes act similarly to windshield wipers, keeping dust and grime from getting into the eye itself.
7. All the detoxing you’d ever need:
Your liver works tirelessly at over 400 functions, including detoxification, protein synthesis, and the production of biochemicals necessary for digestion. However, you could have two-thirds of your liver removed from trauma or surgery, and it would grow back to its original size in four weeks time.
8. Take a deep breath:
Your lungs have the surface area that could spread across a tennis court. To oxygenate blood, our lungs are filled with thousands of microscopic capillaries. The large surface area allows oxygenation to quickly and efficiently take place, getting the oxygen where it needs to go.
Well – there you have it. In case you forgot what an absolute miracle you already are, here are just 8 of the thousands and thousands of things you are already doing without even lifting a finger. Anything else you happen to make, create, say, give, do or contribute to yourself or the rest of the world is just the icing on the cake. So go ahead – kick ass this year. Make 2020 the very best you’ve ever seen, and beyond your wildest dreams. Because you can have your cake and eat it, too 🙂
In love and light,