Earthbound - Don't forget your body!

Celebrating my physical being is something I love to do. In fact, one of the first things I did on New Years Day was to go out in the snow, perform a few happy snow- sun salutations (the sun was shining brightly, the sky a welcoming bright blue), and I made a big ol' snow angel in an open sunny patch of untouched snow. Then I marched a large figure-8 (sacred geometry? I don't know, I just felt like it) in the snow and trudged boots marching for a nice new year walk. It felt great!

Here is a little article from Daily Om on just this topic. As we move forward on our spiritual paths... don't forget your body!

Enjoy.

Earthbound: The Pursuit of Conscious Wholeness
by Daily Om

Striking the right balance between our physical and spiritual aspects is one of the most challenging aspects of existence. We are dual beings by nature, spiritual entities bound to earth by physical bodies. In our lifetimes, we are charged with the duty of nurturing and tending both with equal devotion and love. Yet while both aspects of the self are deserving of honor and respect, there is a tendency for people who are more spiritually focused to ignore, avoid, or dismiss their bodies. Similarly, many individuals are entirely ensconced in the carnal realm and pay no attention to the needs of the soul. In both cases, an adjustment is in order. We are whole only to the degree that we embrace both sides of our beings.

If the soul is the inward manifestation of our consciousness, the body is the living, breathing expression of that consciousness. The physical self provides the home in which the spiritual self takes root and flourishes. Just as we must tend to the seed of the soul to ensure that it grows strong, so, too, must we care for the protective shell that is the body to make certain it is capable of playing its role in our development. Though there will no doubt be times in our lives when we feel more comfortable focusing on the spiritual self or the physical self, denying the fundamental importance of one or the other can lead to ill health, emotional distress, and a sense of incompleteness. Both facets of the human experience play a vital role in our well-being.

The body and the soul are the yin and yang of our current reality. They are, at this point of human evolution, irreparably bound together, and many spiritual teachers agree that the body is one of the greatest vehicles through which to access the soul. In fact, many believe that our spirit has chosen to be embodied as an essential part of our spiritual development. Consequently, it is the responsibility of each person on the planet to forge a marriage between the two, so that these disparate aspects bring out the best in each other, creating a vibrant, dynamic, and workable whole.

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Comment by Marianne on January 3, 2010 at 3:25pm
Thanks, Alexa. Much needed at this point in time!

Marianne
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