My body is my temple
I often hear people say “My body is my temple”. It’s sometimes said jokingly but I truly believe we shall treat our body as it is a temple, something precious and holy.
I grew up in Vienna, the city of Applestrudel, Sacher cake and sweet dumplings. When I was ten I looked like such a big yeast dumpling. I was obese, addicted to sugar and not much into sports. At a young age I hated myself for being fat and for being made fun of by my classmates. And that resulted in more eating.
All that changed in my late teens. I started exploring health foods and exercise. I lived the extreme opposite, from vegan to raw food and fasting and extreme hours of exercise. I just needed to prove that I can be part of the “ripped” society. But again I was not listening to my body and its needs.
Luckily over the years I learned to listen, through meditation and through the realization that without my body, I cannot express my full potential. True, we are certainly more then just our bodies, but without it, we could not enjoy the pleasures of our lives here on earth.
It’s interesting to see how we often forget to treat our own body with respect. We sometimes take better care in servicing our cars. It’s as if our bodies will run for years and years without any tune up, and sometimes it is just an annoying thing, that needs to be fed.
But the truth is that a healthy body is the foundation to a happy life. It’s time to treat it with kindness, to appreciate and bless it. Our relationship with our body should be one of love and adoration.
It’s time to stop abusing and ignoring our bodies and time to listen to our needs and act upon them.
Ask yourself what you need today. Become sensitive to that voice within. Do you need some exercise, a power hike, some weight lifting or yoga? Your individual needs will change everyday. Check in with yourself. Maybe you need some rest. How about your nutrition? Do you abuse your body by not eating enough or do you overeat? What changes can you make in your meal planning? Feel the pleasure of nourishing yourself with good quality food. When was the last time you went for a dentist visit? Or a check up with a doctor or alternative health practitioner? How about your clothing? Is it comfortable and do you feel and look good in them? Change it if not. What else do you need? A cuddle perhaps? Make sure to get one. Take care of yourself. Today!
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