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5 Ways To Care For Your Body

Spiritual Wellness – It’s More Than Just Soul Health!

Many of us discount the importance of having a healthy body in our path of spiritual growth. People would argue that being spiritual has nothing to do with the physical body – I would firmly disagree with this notion.

No matter how spiritually evolved we may consider ourselves to be, the fact remains that we have been sent here to experience the human existence.

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Perhaps in our next life, on the next plane, in the next dimension the need for a physical body may not exist. However that does not erase the fact that in this life, our body is the sacred vessel in which our mind, heart, and spirit resides in tandem.

Why Is Physical Health Important For Spirituality?

Think of your body as the foundation for all that is you.

If the foundation of a temple is falling apart, how can we expect spiritual communion to truly flourish?

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When one’s body is riddled with disease and pain, we feel fatigued and ill constantly. The ways in which those symptoms of illness manifest will be different in each of us – for some this can result in headaches, mental health problems, nightmares, insomnia, digestive problems, poor energy levels, back pain, feeling constantly drained.

When trying to juggle all the physical manifestations of poor health, it is nearly impossible to truly awaken to our full potential, spiritually or otherwise.

5 Ways To Care For Your Spiritual Temple – Your Body

1. Fuel

What kind of fuel we are consuming? Are we eating foods that are high in nutrition and good for us or are we eating processed junk masquerading as “food”?

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With the excess of choice and rampant uninformed consumerism we have in modern western societies, it has become exceedingly complicated to know what to eat anymore. Part of this is because “food” corporations want to keep us confused by having too many choices (we’ll examine this more at a later date).

In the words of influential writer and activist Michael Pollan – “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Eat food that looks like it actually grows out of the ground – not processed, packaged, factory-manufactured foods. If the “food” in question looks like it doesn’t grow out of the Earth, it probably doesn’t.  

Keep it simple.

2. Get Physical

What kind of physical activity are we participating in? Are we in motion on a regular basis or are we leading a predominantly sedentary lifestyle?

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Think of the principles of Newton’s First Law here – an object at rest tends to stay at rest, an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

Sometimes the most challenging part of incorporating an exercise regimen into our daily practice is simply beginning – overcoming that initial inertia. If we want to grow spiritually, we must constantly be in motion in order to invite change and attract the same frequency of energy from the Universe.

This starts with making sure our body is in tune.  

3. Self Care

What kind of hygiene we are practicing? Are we treating our vessels with the proper love and care we deserve?

It is important to make sure we treat our bodies with respect and dignity. This means showering and grooming on a regular basis, making sure we maintain our body with cleanliness.

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There are very few things we do in our daily lives that are centered around the self. Creating a bathing ritual is a chance to establish a deep connection with our physical form.

This could include using your favorite natural, cruelty-free soap, incorporating essential oils into our bath or using them after showering, listening to calming music and focusing on the sensation of being immersed in water life force.

Each individual has the beauty of choice in what works for you. Try to remain in a state of mindfulness during your bathing ritual to really show appreciation for all your body does for you.

4. Rest

What quality and quantity of sleep are we getting? Are we taking enough time to recharge and waking the next day with enthusiasm and rigor?

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Many of us in this rat race lifestyle have difficulty unplugging from our stressful work days in order to wind down enough to sleep, or sometimes we encounter the opposite problem and feel so tired that we oversleep.

Activities like exercise and having a bathing ritual can help to ease the mind, soothe the spirit, and relax the body.

Take at least an hour to unplug from all electronics before bedtime and try unwinding by reading, journaling, meditating, or peacefully engaging with nature. Doing these unplugging rituals daily helps us to still the mind in order to allow our bodies to get the best rest possible.

5. Gratitude

Have you thanked your body today?

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Our bodies do so much for us every second of every day – making sure we keep breathing, keeping our hearts pumping, fighting off harmful bacteria. How amazing is that?!

It is time we take some initiative to show our vessels the same love we receive from them. Treat your body with the care and reverence it deserves!

 

How do you show your body extra care and love? Share your tips and comments below!

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