Last month I wrote about presence, perspective and possibility. Truly, that starts with each of us in our own physical bodies. I like to refer to it as our Earthly vehicles. When is the last time you considered the amazing ways our bodies work? How recently have you shown some empathy to your body? It is imperfect and aging but still deserving of respect and awe.

Consider these facts: Our feet have a quarter of our body's bones. We have an estimated 60,000 miles of blood vessels throughout our body. The surface area of our lungs, an average of 750 square feet, is the size of a small apartment. It takes twice as many muscles to frown as it does to smile.

When we wake up each day, it is our bodies that allow us to delve into the hours ahead and be contributors. This includes our minds and hearts, and our spiritual existence as well. We all have limitations, but also unlimited potential to make a difference. There are many ways to nourish our bodies, and living gratefully is one. Paying kind attention to ourselves helps us to better pay kind attention to others and our surrounding environment.

Bring your body and insights to the next Rivertown Gratefulness Gathering at 6:30 p.m. April 16, at ArtSpace River Lofts in downtown Hastings. The theme for April's gathering is "Treasuring the Body as it is." Pause as you draw in your next breath, take your next step, feel your next genuine emotion. Treasures indeed.

Gatherings are free and open to the public. We are meeting monthly throughout 2019. Each meeting is stand alone, so make the ones that you can. Contact local host Lisa Valentine at gratefulnessgatheringsmn//

Each person who takes part in a Gratefulness Gathering makes it more than it would have been without you there. We hope to see you on April 16.

Lisa Valentine