Giving Thanks for What Our Bodies Allow Us to Do

A man extends his arms in gratitude.

Thanksgiving is more than turkey and trimmings. At The Emily Program, we’re celebrating the holiday by thanking our bodies for all the ways they protect, defend, and care for us.

We hope these quotes and poems help inspire gratitude for your body as well.

“a love note to my body:
first of all,
I want to say
thank you.
for the heart you kept beating
even when it was broken
for every answer you gave me in my gut
for loving me back
even when I didn’t know how to love you
for every time you recovered when I pushed you past our limits
for today,
for waking up.”
Cleo Wade

“Your body is the piece of the universe you’ve been given; as long as you have a pulse, it presents you with an ongoing shower of immediate sensate experiences.”
Geneen Roth

“today i’m grateful for this body.
how it still carries me after everything i put it through.
this is the love i’ve been looking for
and it’s been here inside me all along.”
AVA

“This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have never known.”
Marion Woodman

“look down at your body
whisper
there is no home like you”
Rupi Kaur

The Emily Program wishes you comfort, strength, and peace this Thanksgiving Day. If you are struggling with an eating disorder this holiday, or any day, please call us at 1-866-364-5977 or complete our online form.

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