"The amniotic fluid is completely replaced every few hours." I was 7 months pregnant and had to read this scientific fact a couple more times to believe it. "The amniotic fluid is completely replaced every few hours." I had no idea this was at play in my own body. How could my body take care of the baby-making business in such a perfectly organized way without me being conscious of it?
I felt a rush of gratitude. Gratitude for my body. For what it is capable of achieving. For its subtle magic. A perfectly well-oiled machine that I instantly decided to nurture more. This moment of gratitude changed my life: For the first time in 35 years, I knew without a doubt that I was part of something big, something bigger than myself even. I felt deep humility, my ego shattered, my controller shut up for a moment. I opened up the window for "God," "Spirituality" and "the Universe" to come into my life. It changed my destiny because I wouldn't be a spiritual entrepreneur and finding joy running a coaching business if I didn't have that "aha" moment.
A few more mind-blowing facts: When we, as human beings, are first conceived in the womb, we have over 100 trillion cells, more than all the stars in the milky way. Our eyes can distinguish roughly 10 million different colors; our system of blood vessels is over 60,000 miles long. That's long enough to go around the world more than twice. We can breathe up to 40,000 times a day. The atoms in our bodies go through a complete turnover about once every seven years. Our bones are about eight times stronger than concrete, and the human heart beats between 2.5 and 3 billion times in an average lifetime. "There are universes dancing inside your body," says life coach Kute Blackson. I couldn't agree more.
Being grateful for my body's perfectly orchestrated dance for creating and preserving life changed my perspective: While I could recognize that there was something bigger than me, "that" something bigger was also inside of me. I got it: We, as human beings, are limitless, we are not separate from the whole, and we are not separate from each other.
Yes, you and I have infinite potential, and this potential is also present in our inner desire to thrive. Rod Stryker wrote in his book "The Four Desires" that "Each of us is born with a ceaseless drive to thrive... Its intensity is never diminished, but it can be overshadowed by hurt, anger, fear, grief, and our self-defeating beliefs."
Indeed, our inner power is often clouded by fear and self-sabotage thoughts or habits. But our potential is still there, ever present, powerful, magnificent. You and I are good enough regardless of what our psyche is telling us, simply because we exist.
This moment of gratitude changed my life because it made me realize I cannot force myself into a state of fulfillment. I am already there.
It changed my life because it allowed me to be more tolerant and recognize others as miracles.
It changed my life because it started my journey to where I am today. It brought me the conviction that all of us have something unique and limitless to offer. This deep knowledge is what motivates me every day to show up as a coach and accept my mission to help others find their entelechy, that full potential, that inner strength and life force that guides our lives towards becoming all we are capable of.
There are a multitude of miracles happening each day within us. Yet we tend to forget. Remembering that fact is crucial: Even in the darkest times, it reminds us that we are innately programmed to thrive. It reminds us that being limitless is part of our DNA. It reminds us to let the infinite universe dance within us and love ourselves unconditionally.