I recently read that your body is the channel for your spirit's expression in the world. The idea is that there is something profoundly reverent about physical existence. In the Western world, spirituality is traditionally associated with the mind...quiet intellect, introspection, penitence, and grace. But my body is my temple is more than just a cliché. The body is one of the first places where we can begin to express love and compassion. How we fuel, use, and nurture our bodies can be deeply spiritual in nature, regardless of individual beliefs, and is indeed, very related to what goes on in the mind. We must love ourselves before we can truly love others, and our physical choices directly affect the world, from violence to sustainable consumption.
On a more grounded level, the body is often an expression of our internal wellness. While not all physical afflictions are necessarily indicators of internal unrest, many are inextricably linked to internal distress, as when stomach pain manifests from anxiety. And a healthy mental state is often a key aspect of physical healing. This is precisely why weight loss cannot be achieved and maintained through miracle pills or a scientific exercise routine alone. Such journeys begin with self-love and presence of mind.
The health and vibrancy of our bodies are, at the least, linked to our mental processes. And for many of us, the link is far deeper...our bodies can be a powerful means for self-transformation, and transformation of the world.