If anything is sacred,
the human body is
You are not your body. It is just
something you wear for a while,
because living in the earthplane is infinitely more meaningful and
involved if you are encased in its trappings and subject to its
rules. -P.M.H. Atwater
human body is a magazine of inventions, the patent office,
where are the models from which every hint is taken. All the
and engines on earth are only extensions of its limbs and senses.
keep the body in good health is a duty. . . otherwise
we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
it be wonderful to have a wise and intuitive counselor
available 24/7? You're in luck--you already have one.
Your body! Our bodies carry ancient wisdom. We literally live within a
of intuitive and instinctive wisdom. Sometimes we pay
and access body wisdom; but unfortunately, the aphorism "Mrs.
lived a short distance from her body" is sadly true for many
of us. -Sue
body is not who you are. The mind and spirit transcend the body.
The body is the soul's house. Shouldn't we
take care of our house so that it doesn't fall into ruin?
the mistake of identifying themselves with their body, then if
something happens to a person's body, they think something has
to the person. When you think about it, that's as ridiculous
that if something happens to the clothing I'm wearing, something
has happened to me. Our body is just what we wear. . . We
to take care of it, but it's not who we are.
-H. Frederick Vogt
body is so important to me. My face, my arms, my legs,
my hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have.
My body has taught me many things, all of them
filled with soul: how to dance
and make love, mourn and make
music; now it is teaching me how to heal. I am learning to
heed the shifting currents of my body--the subtle changes
temperature, muscle tension, thought and mood--the way a sailor
rides the wind by reading the ripples on the water.
I saw my toes the other day.
I hadn’t looked at them for months.
Indeed, they might have passed away.
And yet, they were my best friends once.
When I was small, I knew them well
I counted on them up to ten
And put them in my mouth to tell The larger from the lesser. Then
I loved them better than my ears,
My elbows, and heart.
But with the swelling of the years
We drifted, toes and I, apart.
Now, gnarled and pale, each said, j‘accuse!—
I hid them quickly in my shoes.
care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see
through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is
Wolfgang von Goethe
body has its own way of knowing, a knowing that has little
to do with logic, and much to do with truth, little to do with
and much to do with acceptance, little to do with division
and analysis and much to do with union.
|When you coordinate your mind and body, you have unlimited
access to the wisdom of the universe. -Koichi Tohei
people treat their bodies as if they were rented
from Hertz--something they are using to get around in
but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.
William Blake says the body is "that portion
of Soul discerned by
the five Senses." I live with that
idea. I sit and look out
my window here in Canada and the
autumn trees are golden
against the blue sky. I can feel
their "food" coming into my eyes
and going down, down,
down, interacting inside, and I fill up
with gold. My soul
is fed. I see, I smell, I taste, I hear, I touch. Through the orifices of my body, I give and I receive. I am
to capture what is absent. It's that interchange
embodied soul and the outside world that is the
dynamic process. That's how growth takes place. That
is life. -Marion Woodman
body is a machine for living. It is organized for that,
it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it
defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it
by encumbering it with remedies.
|I see my body as an instrument rather than
an ornament. -Alanis Morissette
your body always. Speak no word of condemnation about it.
Your body is precious. It is our vehicle
for awakening. Treat it with care. -The Buddha
if one observes, one will see that the body has its own
intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe
the intelligence of the body. -Jiddu
Krishnamurti, The Flight of the Eagle
should consider their bodies as priceless gifts from one whom they
love above all, a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty,
and mystery beyond human conception, and so delicate that a word,
a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it.
Uncleanliness, which breeds disease and death, is not only a
self-destructive but highly immoral habit.
harmony is around us and within us at all times. Perceiving
it is an occasion for great happiness; but it is often only
appreciated in retrospect or in its absence. If all is going
well in the body, it tends to go unnoticed. Your lack of a
headache is not front-page news for your cerebral cortex.
Abilities such as walking, seeing, thinking, and peeing take care
of themselves, and so blend into the landscape of automaticity and
unawareness. Only pain or fear or loss wake us and bring
things into focus. But by then harmony is harder to see, and
we find ourselves caught up in turbulence, itself containing, like
rapids and waterfalls, order of a more difficult and subtle level
within the river of life. As Joni Mitchell sings, "You
don't know what you've got till it's gone. . ."
You Go, There You Are
|If it ever occurs to people to
value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body,
we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled
sort. -Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night
|You take your
car in for checkups more than you take your body in for checkups.
And you change the oil in your car more than you change some of
your habits, and some of the things you're putting into your body.
So, for heaven's sake, take better care of your body.
Donald Walsch, Little
Book of Life
|It is the physical
body that relates us to the physical universe about us, that in
which we find ourselves in this present form of existence.
But the body, wondrous as it is in its functions and its
mechanisms, is not the life. It has no life and no power in
itself. It is of the earth, earthy. Every particle of
it has come from the earth through the food we eat in combination
with the air we breathe and the water we drink, and every part of
it in time will go back to the earth. It is the house we
inhabit while here.
We can make it a hovel or a mansion; we can make it
even a pigsty or a temple, according as the soul, the real self,
chooses to function through it. We should make it servant, but
through ignorance of the real powers within, we can permit it to
become master. -Ralph
have to stand up and be a human. You have to honor the man
or woman that you are. Respect your body, enjoy your body,
love your body, feed, clean, and heal your body. Exercise
and do what makes your body feel good. This is a puja
to your body, and that is a communion between you and God. . . .
When you practice giving love to every part of your body, you
plant seeds of love in your mind, and when they grow, you will
love, honor, and respect your body
Miguel Ruiz, The
you are feeling tired or ill, rest. Your body will always
want rest and ease if it's sick. When you become quiet, ask
your body what you need to do in order to heal yourself.
Your body may tell you to change certain habits, eat more
wholesome food, express some feelings, quit your job, see a
doctor, or it may have some other message for you, but there is
always an answer available to you. The key is to ask and
then listen honestly for a response. -Shakti
body says what words cannot. -Martha
|My great religion is a belief
in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect.
We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and
believes and says, is always true. -D.H.
you want to experience the body, you must live in the body!
That's why the ancient sages and saints didn't know what to do
with their bodies: they left them when they meditated, so
the body didn't participate at all. -The
enjoys a great share in our being, and has an eminent place in it.
Its structure and composition, therefore, are worthy of proper
consideration. -Michel de Montaigne
have a physical body, which is a wonder. But this physical
body will one day disintegrate. That is the truth we have to
accept. On the surface, there is birth and death, being and
nonbeing. But if you go more deeply, you recognize that you
also have a cosmic body that exists outside of birth and death,
being and nonbeing. A wave on the ocean doesn't last very
long. A waves physical body lasts five, ten, or twenty
seconds. But the wave has her ocean body, because she comes
from the ocean and she will go back to the ocean. If you
walk mindfully, if your concentration and insight are powerful,
with every step you can touch your cosmic body and you will lose
all your fear and uncertaintly. -Thich
Nhat Hanh, How to Walk
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