Caring for Earth & Our Bodies like the Temples they Are {column on Elephant Journal}.

The human body, it’s a miracle.

Our body is not only our vehicle and outer shell, it’s also a mysterious whole of particles, body cells, and star stuff, a place where secrets live. There’s still uncharted terrain when it comes to the human body. We still have questions about our bodies that no scientist or specialist has answers to (yet).

It seems I only pay attention to my body when something is wrong—when I feel sick, when my stomach hurts, or when a painful tendon in my upper arm makes it hard to relax in Shavasana pose (the delightful Corpse pose at the end of a yoga practice).

When it all seems to work fine, I don’t really think about it much; I take my healthy body for granted. And I know this isn’t right, my body needs more consideration. Especially as I know how the verdict of a doctor about what’s wrong can turn a life upside down, just within a split second. Life abruptly changes by a cruel and clear message, coming from the mouth of an expert. All of a sudden, our health is no longer an unchangeable given.

No, I don’t want to take my body for granted anymore.

A healthy body is something to be extremely thankful for; it’s a treasure. The body is a sacred temple. Yet, we cause our sacred temples harm by feeding it processed food, meat and pesticides and by enabling our addictions to rule over our bodies and minds. We cause them harm by being bad gatekeepers. For whatever reason we are doing this, it’s time to stop further destruction and not only so we can save ourselves.

The body is a sacred temple that needs to be loved with passion, sweetness, tenderness.
If you can say you love your body completely, then you can be true when you say, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” For to love one’s body is to love the Earth. To destroy one’s body, is to destroy the Earth. To make one’s body beautiful is to embellish Earth.”

~ Quote by Don Marcellino, from the Permaculture book Miraculous Abundance written by Perrine & Charles Hervé-Gruyer (beautiful book about two French farmers).

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Hopefully this column will be of benefit or give some inspiration to nourish our body (and mind) with kindness and sweetness, so we see this wonderful and crucial act isn’t only about ourselves, but much more!

Con Amor desde Mallorca,

Eva