But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you. Deepak Chopra
Meditation: The idea that “our body is taking care of us” is intriguing to me. We usually hear the sentence that “we are supposed to take care of our bodies”. I am also intrigued by the thought that our body is “God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in us”. While unfortunately many sentences in the New Testament devalue and put down our bodies as mere “flesh” that pales compared with our minds and souls, how amazing and valuable that our bodies are here named to be God’s temple and a dwelling space for God’s Spirit.
Both of these quotes see our body as a subject and as an authority in its own right. Our body is not just an object that we use or allow to be used however we or others want to. If we allow this truth, then we begin to listen to our body telling us what we need, instead of doing with our bodies whatever WE want to. If we allow our bodies to be guides and authorities in their own right, we will find health, serenity and a spirit filled journey.
Prayer: God, thank You for valuing our bodies and for not reducing us to our minds or to our spirits/souls over and above our bodies. Thank You for an inherent wisdom and an amazing ability for our bodies to heal themselves. Help us to listen more closely to our body so we follow its lead. Let us listen to Your Spirit living in our body. Health and wellbeing will come from this our listening to Your Spirit and to our body’s inherit wisdom. Amen
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ESV)