But we don't measure ourselves on that amazing internal arrangement. We get in front of a mirror and judge ourselves from the outside - and in doing so, we create a division, a split between us and our body.
When this divide happens, skin and bone become an easy target for frustrations and unhappiness. Too fat, too thin, too old, too ugly - and in the blink of an eye, the body becomes a burden not an asset, an enemy rather than a part of who we are that can offer so much pleasure.
From this perspective, waging war with alcohol and drugs is just part of the conflict. In the worse case scenario, self harm and eating disorders can turn the mind/body split into a tragedy.
But what would it be like if we were to measure ourselves from the inside instead, if we concentrated on being rather than seeing ourselves?
From this position, we start to operate from a place of knowing what we're about on a very fundamental level, becoming familiar with the rhythms, the pulses and impulses that move us. We begin to notice how flexible and healthy we are from the inside and tune in to the many different ways that our body allows us to explore and experience the world – and how we can work with it as an ally.
Gut instincts and heart-felt emotion have room to express themselves because we learn how to listen to their messages and be guided by them. Stress and dis-ease can be nipped in the bud because we catch the physical warning signs early.
By getting familiar with those butterflies in the stomach or that sense of internal expansion when we're doing something we love, we create a dialogue, a feedback loop that operates on the most intimate level. When we're living the life we should be living, our body will tell us, and when we're not, the same applies. It's simple.
The best relationships are built on trust, respect, love and consideration - and the one between body and mind is no exception. So take a deep breath. Becoming friends with yourself is the start of something beautiful.