My Body is My Temple

I’ve noticed a shift in myself in the last few weeks.

I was in a car accident when I was 8 years old.  I’m not telling you this to get sympathy, because I really don’t want to identify with it any longer. I tell you this so you know what a big deal this shift is. After the car accident, I was told not to run or jump, because it would hurt my back. At eight years old, it was a great excuse to get out of my least favorite class – gym.

I still danced for many years – up until the rest of my class went on pointe, and I was the only one who didn’t. Ballet was really the last time I remember physical activity being enjoyable, other than swimming.

Love My ShapeFast forward to the last two years. In various books, card readings and from other sources, I’ve been receiving the message that to raise my vibration higher, I need to improve the health of my body. By comparison with much of North American society, I am pretty healthy. I rarely get sick, and I eat a mostly healthy diet. And yet, I am still overweight, according to my body mass index, and I feel pain more often than I like to admit.

Up until the last few weeks, exercise has been a means to an end. It’s something I have to do because I want to raise my vibration. I don’t really enjoy it. And I haven’t been able to stick with it for too long.

The last month, though, something has shifted. I already wrote that I have cut back on sugar. And now, I am wanting to exercise. It’s very strange for me!

And also, for the first time in…I have no idea how long, I really appreciate my body.  It’s not easy to explain. There are still things I want to change about my body, and I find it more beautiful than I ever have. I want to exercise because it serves my body. I want to eat well because my body really is my temple, and not just the flesh that contains my spirit.

My Body is My TempleI’m aware for the first time that enlightenment is not just a mental or spiritual feat. It encompasses all aspects of life – physical, mental, emotional AND spiritual. It is really a simple discovery, and so profound! I am grateful I understand this now, before any major illnesses struck me.  I serve my body, that my body may continue to serve me.



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