Have you gotten a bit more in touch with your body this past week? I’m happy to report that I have, and my body and spirit are both delighted.
This is the end of Week 2 of the 10 week online course “The Answer is Simple”. Sonia’s topic this week was to “Welcome Your Spirit” by loving your body as its sacred temple.
(If you’re just joining us, the entire course is offered free by Sonia Choquette, and some of us are working it together here with a discussion at the end of each week. Join us!)
Love Your Body
Sonia reminded us to be attentive to our body, to embrace it, and to give it what it needs to thrive.
I took it as a reminder to be more conscious of both my body and my indwelling spirit. For me, being more attentive brought to mind all kinds of ideas and experiences I’d like to share. (But as I started to, I realized that each one is a post in itself. I don’t need to overwhelm you with it all right now. ) But ultimately, being reminded of all these things helped strengthen my conscious connection between body and spirit.
Her main point, I think, was to appreciate our bodies as the sacred vessels for our life force or spirit. She points out that it’s our body that gives us the ability to “think and choose and move and create”, and that it’s a gift. And she goes on to encourage us to respect and honor it, to love it unconditionally, and then, importantly, to express and act on that.
Your Body as a Manifestation of Spirit
As to the fact that we’re often critical of our bodies, she points out that your body is the perfect one for you, and that it’s a gift. I totally and completely agree. I mean, how blessed are we? Crazy blessed, I’d say!
Like last week, though — and for the sake of our discussion — I would put it a subtly different way.
My own intuitive sense is that your body is the main (although not only) point of manifestation for your being. This is slightly different than the temple idea in that your body doesn’t encompass your being like a temple, since your being is not confined to your body. More accurately, your body is the part of your beingness that is manifesting directly in this 3-D world.
So by necessity and by definition, your body exactly matches who you are in your essence. It’s merely the more dense part of that same pattern which is you.
Do you have any thoughts on this? Or what did this bring up for you this week?
Be Attentive to Your Body
Sonia’s recommendations for putting these ideas into practice this week were:
1. Pay attention to how your body responds to things, e.g. to thoughts, to sound (including how you speak of it). She gave a lot of examples of thanking it out loud.
2. Give it the basics (water, rest and what it needs to get this e.g. pillow, white noise, lotion, foot rub, etc.)
I’d been in the process of some major “maintenance” , i.e. dental work, routine checkups, therapy on my arm and shoulder (if you’re a blogger or writer, watch your ergonomics!), etc. and have been paying much attention to this area already.
It’s not so much that I’m communing with and loving it in a lovey-dovey way as I’m doing the practical things that it needs.
Still, it does appreciate it, I can tell.
I also intend to keep a good bit of my time free over the holidays so I can tend to my health with some of the many effective holistic practices I enjoy.
3. Speak kindly to and about your body. It hears it. Spirit loves having a body.
Here it’s about loving your body unconditionally.
Sonia says that the more you love it, the more your body will become the body that you idealize. Hmmm, I’d not thought of it that way and haven’t experimented with this yet but I’m going to. Stay tuned for an updated, ravishing me!
She ends this suggestion by recommending you treat your body well and that if you do, you’ll attract all kinds of wonderful things.
4. Don’t let an hour go by that you don’t appreciate it or do something for it.
Wow. I tried this and it’s easy to forget. But it did help bring more body awareness and appreciation into my life this week, both welcome things!
Did you do any or all of these things? Or did you improvise some of your own? What were they and what did you find?
And now … On to week 3! See you again soon!
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