We have such a conflicted relationship with our bodies in our culture, don’t we? We are either over feeding them or starving them, not exercising at all or exercising too much. We neglect, abuse and hate our bodies and then we wonder why it wears out, creating disease as it falls to bits. We spend more time, money and love on our cars and houses than our body.
But listen – all of the great spiritual masters say that our body is sacred, that our body is our temple. What does that mean? It means that our bodies are the gateway to the Divine, the doorway to the Infinite. It means that our body is the house of the soul. Without our body, we would not be able to have this Earthly experience. Let me tell you, this life we are living, it is a privilege. In order to be on Earth at this time, we put our hand up, we waited for the perfect time. There is potential to learn big lessons for your own soul here, as well as to assist humanity and the Earth.
To do this, we need a body. Our bodies are not designed to be perfect, because that is impossible here. I am telling you though, our body is what we make it. We can look at our body as a heavy, restrictive suit of meat that refuses to comply with our desire for perfection…or we can look at our body as a walking, talking, listening, smelling, touching, seeing temple of light that is a complete and utter miracle.
Imagine for a moment that your body is a child. If you are not well, then your body is a sick child. How would you treat your child? Would you say nasty things to your child, not listen when she tells you that she is hungry, thirsty, tired and cold? Would you do your very best to ignore her, snapping at her when she tries to tell you how she feels? You know you wouldn’t. Yet, we do all of these things and worse to our bodies each and every day.
Just for today, treat your body like a beloved child. Wash it carefully. Feed it mindfully. Move and stretch. Use your five senses consciously, as if hearing, smelling, seeing, touching and tasting are miracles, which they are. Bring your awareness into your body throughout the day; breathe. When your body tells you that is tired or hungry or thirsty, listen. It will serve you well if you love it and look after it. Makes sense, doesn’t it?