Body Prayer of Thanks
Stand. Begin this posture from either your head or your feet. Touch your head, eyes, hands and feet (or do so in reverse order). When touching your head, eyes, hands or feet, curl you whole hand around that part of your body. Let the warmth or coolness merge from your hands to the body part; hold the touch as long as necessary to feel the interaction between skin touching skin, muscles acting against muscles, cells interacting to make up your body. If you traveled up you body as you prayed, now travel from the top down – or vice versa. Thank God for the gift of life and for the opportunities to participate in the continuing story of God.Lord, in this prayer, I thank you for my body.
May I use all the abilities in my head to praise you,
May I see the lives through which you are active in this world,
May my hands further your story of creation,
May I walk in the ways you have established.
For this body, I pray.
Another example from the book BODY PRAYER: The Posture of Intimacy with God by Doug Pagitt, poetry by Kathryn Prill and illustrations by Colleen Shealer Olson.