Saturday, August 17, 2013

Our Bodies As Temples

The Bible says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; …Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)  The above Bible verse calls it a temple, but depending upon your beliefs, you may use different terms.  You may even just call it a vessel and that you are honoring life.

Since beginning my spiritual journey, I have learned that our temple is made up of mind, body, and Spirit.  In order to be totally healthy, it takes a balance in all three areas.  When one is out of balance, it throws off the balance of the whole. 

For our minds, it begins with changing any negative thoughts to those that are positive and loving, not only for ourselves, but for others.  Our thoughts are extremely powerful and we become what we think.  We also need to be careful of the thoughts we think because those thoughts will manifest into the life we create for ourselves. The mind is a delicate entity that can break at the snap of a finger, and yet it is so strong that it can survive the most traumatic events.  When we can quiet the mind, as some do through meditation and/or prayer, it helps alleviate stress and we can feel more calm and peaceful.

We also need to take care of our physical bodies.  There are so many people who are suffering from the most horrific health issues and my heart goes out to them.  If we don’t begin taking care of ourselves now, at some point, we may end up losing our own health.  To start, this means eating healthy and not putting non-nutritious foods or chemicals into our bodies.   Easier said than done; I know.  We don’t die of old age; we die of diseases and illnesses.  The body has an amazing ability to heal itself and many health issues can be overcome just by changing our diet and lifestyle.  Dr. Emmet Oz said, “Real wellness is much more than the lack of disease.  Health is about vitality and vigor and energy.  It’s about excelling at the many challenges that face humans daily.”  Besides eating healthy foods, the body needs to be exercised and moved on a consistent basis if we are able.  We don’t need to be fanatical about it, but the more we do for our bodies, the healthier we will be.

Spiritually, Jesus repeatedly said that the Kingdom of heaven is within you.  Everything we need to know is within, but sometimes we need to read other’s writings or listen to others speak so that we can remember.  We can go directly to Spirit for our answers and learn the truth of who we really are.  Being healthy spiritually also includes being loving, compassionate, kind, and having an attitude of gratitude. 

Oprah Winfrey said, “It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control.”  It is our right to be healthy in all three areas that make up the whole, but until we really believe the magnitude of who we really are, we will always find excuses to neglect taking good care of these earthly vessels.  It is up to us to be proactive in all areas of our health.  Regardless of our religious or belief systems, we are all living miracles and that’s pretty awe inspiring.

So many of us take our good health for granted and it is only when we lose our health that we come to the realization just how sacred our bodies really are, and then we wish we could go back and do things differently.  We only have this one body while gracing the earth with our souls.  Love it, nurture it, and strive for it to be its healthiest in mind, body, and Spirit.  You deserve to be the best that you can be!

Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper August 16, 2013.

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