Spring into joyful celebration of change.
What an exciting season. Mother Nature dazzles every one of my senses in Her spectacular performance of rebirth and renewal. Last month’s little green nubs are today’s kaleidoscopic tulips and golden daffodils. The delicious aroma of freshly mowed grass inspires me to pause for some really deep breaths. Barefoot stepping over lush, cool moss not only delights my feet, but also brightens my already good mood. Songbirds serenade me into wakefulness each morning like those endearing opening scenes of Walt Disney’s Cinderella. The exquisite taste and crunchy texture of the first fresh-picked asparagus from the garden is irresistible.
Ahhhh, change feels soooo good right now, I’m taking this opportunity to celebrate my amazing body’s biodance of change. What’s happening around me in Nature is also happening within me. Changes (the renewal, replacement, recycling, and turn-over) are constantly occurring in my body, atom by atom, molecule by molecule, cell by cell, hour after hour, every minute, every second, day and night, whether I am awake or asleep. It is indeed paradoxical that change may be the only constant aspect of our bodies! And bodily changes are something to celebrate for supporting both longevity and quality of life. Because they occur microscopically they only seem subtler than the macrocosmic spring spectacles that are so sensually captivating.
• All Life Biodances •
Larry Dossey, M.D. states in his book, Space, Time and Medicine, “Biodance -- the endless exchange of the elements of living things with the earth itself -- proceeds silently, giving us no hint that it is happening. It is a dervish dance, animated and purposeful and disciplined; and it is a dance in which every living organism participates.
“Each body structure has its own rate of reformation: the lining of the stomach renews itself in a week; our skin is entirely replaced in a month; the liver is regenerated in six weeks. Some tissue is relatively resistant to the constant turnover, such as the supporting tissue called collagen and the iron in the blood’s hemoglobin molecules. But even though these rates of replacement differ, after five years one can presume that the entire body is renewed, even to the very last atom.”
• Atoms Come and Go •
Do you have any idea how many atoms there are in your body? Science estimates there are about 1028. That is one followed by 28 zeros -- 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. One billion has nine zeros, so 1028 is a humongous number. Dossey cites scientific research using radioisotopes to trace chemicals entering and leaving the body. Every year 98 percent of your body’s atoms are replaced.
“These observations simply defy any definition of a static and fixed body. Even our genes, our claim to biological individuality, constantly dissolve and are renewed. We are in a persistent equilibrium with the earth.
“We renew our physical body just as we regrow hair and nails. We are on the move. Five years ago we didn’t exist, all our atoms having been replaced in the interval. Here today, completely gone in five years, renewed down to the last single atom, we endure only in the shape, form, and pattern that are assured by our genetic blueprint,” Dossey states.
“Our insistence on seeing ourselves as genetically unchanging individuals, even for our own lifetime, ... turns out to be an illusion. For genes are made of DNA, the basic component of all genes, and the life span of DNA in the body is brief. A single DNA molecule is short-lived, existing only for a few months. Our restless genes are continually renewing themselves, exchanging bits and pieces for replacement parts. A continual streaming and reshuffling goes on so that over a period of months our entire genetic structure is renewed. To put it another way, nothing in our genes today was present in them a year ago, having been totally renewed in the interval.”
Since our bodies respond to acknowledgement, just like people, pets and plants, why not direct some of your seasonal enthusiasm to celebrating what you now know to be going on within your very own cells? I speak praise to my wonderful eyes for seeing so well as I pluck those stray brow hairs. I vocalize gratitude for my bones and muscles as they walk me through verdant fields. I thank my teeth and tongue and stomach for working so well to release flavor and nutrients from wholesome foods. With all the enthusiasm I feel seeing the bright splash of a bluebird in flight, I marvel at my amazing hands resting on Harley’s handlebars.
Get excited, animated, ebullient about spring and about your body’s ongoing renewal. And when somebody asks, “How old are you?” you now have a myriad of true responses to choose from.
- Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion. firstname.lastname@example.org