It made me think how we can take our body for granted, and how even when ill or after such a severe intervention as she has had it is still possible to then feel grateful for how our body is working, or recovering and how it sustains us.
When I learnt to meditate the emphasis was on seeing the body as a hindrance and reflecting on the loathsome elements of the body. This is designed to break down attachment to one’s own and other’s bodies. But it was taught 2,500 years ago to people who had a healthy sense of self worth. It seems in our modern world we first have to have a healthy sense of good will towards ourself before we can learn to let go.
This meditation explores bringing care and appreciation to our body and also of letting go of any shame we may feel.