BODY

Your body can be your greatest friend. Or your greatest enemy. It can serve you. Or it can enslave you. The question is: do you have mastery over your body? Or does it have mastery over you?

We live in a society which is obsessed with the idea of having physical perfection. Hence, if you don’t feel that you match up to this ideal of physical perfection, it is easy to feel inadequate, or even ashamed.

This is completely unnecessary.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. There is nothing to feel inadequate about. Your body fits you perfectly. If you let it, it will serve your purpose in life perfectly.

So, be grateful for it. Exactly the way it is. And exactly the way it isn’t.

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The body is there because it is the perfect means of bringing forth God and the divine in you. Of expressing God and the divine through you in a concrete and perceptible and unequivocal manner.

But don’t be attached to it. Once it’s gone, you will find some other means. As you have always done.

The body has got nothing to do with who you are. It is a vehicle which carries you along the journey of life, and which decays and dies like anything else. So why mourn its passing? That’s like holding a crushed beer-can and grieving for it.

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And, out of everything I say, this might be the most challenging part. To not be attached to your body. To not identify with it as being who you essentially are.

Well, every sense will scream at you: “You are a body! That is exactly who you are!”

This process started from the moment you were born, when your primary concern was survival.

Or, rather, the primary concern of the body, was to survive.

More so, being completely aware of your presence within it, that you – little old you – would do absolutely everything in your power, to ensure that it survived … And continued surviving … And continued surviving … Until the bitter end …

And you were too innocent to know any better. Too innocent to question this particular arrangement.

And the “survival of the body indoctrination process” became everything.

The primary concern of your doctor was that the body survived.

The primary concern of your parents was that the body survived.

The primary concern of society – seeing how much money and energy is devoted to physical health. So we can wheedle out a few more years – is that the body survives.

With all of these forces going very forcefully in one direction – that you are a body, and that it is your primary duty and responsibility to make sure it survives – it is very difficult to go in precisely the opposite direction: that whether the body survives or not, you, most certainly, remain.

Particularly, as most people cannot remember a time when they were not in a body. That makes it very, very challenging to see yourself as being anything else.

But, if you are able to do that, if you are able to detach yourself, completely, from your body, then truly have you won at the game of life.

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That doesn’t mean that you just disregard the health and the well-being of your body. No, you treat it with care and respect. You give it all the love and attention you can.

And when it’s time to go, you go.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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