Are you mindful? It's a question that needs to be asked in today's society, which is filled with stressed out, distracted and unfocused people. Mindfulness is now being taught in schools, health clinics and businesses to help people become even more productive yet calmer. The main focus has been on sleeping, eating and working. But what about pooping? Quite some time ago, Dr. Kenneth Prager wrote a piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on the part "mindful elimination" plays in the Jewish religion. And it's even more relevant nearly 20 years later, when our ability to pay attention is limited. As for its part in Jewish law, there is a blessing in the Talmud which discusses appreciating elimination as a miracle. It says, “… when one comes out of a privy he should say: Blessed is He who has formed man in wisdom and created in him many orifices and many cavities. It is obvious and known before Your throne of glory that if one of them were to be ruptured or one of them blocked, it would be impossible for a man to survive and stand before You. Blessed are You that heals all flesh and does wonders.” [bctt tweet="Aren't we all thankful for a needed elimination session?!"] So why is this practice so important? Because gratitude goes a long way, especially when it comes to our overall happiness, research has found. In Dr. Prager's piece, he discussed how unappreciative we are of the miracle of urinating. And when you think about it, our digestive health is pretty important to take note of. Did you drink a nutritious juice, and, an hour later when it exits your body, did you pause to think about how it's been absorbed by your GI tract, has entered your bloodstream, been filtered by your kidneys, made its way down your ureters and into your bladder and then exited freely into the toilet? When you think of it that way, it is pretty miraculous. Switching your perspective may even work to make you more mindful of what you consume in the first place. What do you want to eliminate? Take a moment to reflect on that and be gracious for the fact that your body is capable of this. Treat it like a temple like it deserves.