your body always.
Speak no word of
condemnation about it.
body is our primary feedback mechanism which can show us what
is and isn't working about our ways of thinking, expressing, and
living. As we live our truth more fully and freely, our body grows
stronger, and more beautiful.
The body has
to be looked after: one has to be very caring about
the body and very loving to the body. And then, its very
spontaneity purifies it, makes it holy.
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
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.
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.
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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
That's how growth takes place. That
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.
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.
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
|I see my body as an instrument rather than
If anything is sacred, the human body is
Your body is precious. It is our vehicle
for awakening. Treat it with care.
When you coordinate your mind and body, you have
access to the wisdom of the universe.
body is so important to me. My face, my arms, my legs,
my hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have.
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.
Anyone who works at a high
level of physical skill--as a good woodcarver,
athlete, or instrumentalist does--must trust his or her body
is tantamount to "forgetting." A shortstop or
concert pianist who wonders
for even a split second whether his or her hands are correctly
will flub that hard-hit ground ball or falter in the middle of
that fast-moving Chopin riff.
When we "forget" the body in this way, we learn
the true meaning of the old
saying that "the body has a mind of its own." Even
those of us who play neither
baseball nor a Steinway must learn to trust bodily knowledge
as part of our
inner guidance. As we do so, we, like the woodcarver, become
to external commands and more responsive to the inner teacher.
We start to live in closer conformity to our own souls.
Parker J. Palmer
have a physical body, which is a wonder. But this physical
will one day disintegrate. That is the truth we have to
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
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
from the ocean and she will go back to the ocean. If you
if your concentration and insight are powerful, with every step
touch your cosmic body and you will lose all your fear and
Thich Nhat Hanh
In general, however, human beings have ceased to develop the instruments
of the body. More and more we try to effect an adaptation to life by means
of external gadgets, and attempt to solve our problems by conscious
thinking rather than unconscious “know-how.” This is much less to our
advantage than we like to suppose. . . . we have been taught to neglect,
despise, and violate our bodies, and to put all faith in our brains.
The Wisdom of Insecurity
body is not who you are. The mind and spirit transcend the body.
keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise
we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and
keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds
the lotus petal, but does not wet its petals.
The body is the soul's house. Shouldn't we
take care of our house so that it doesn't fall into ruin?
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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
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
Professionals at living would not mar
their day's run of the human machine,
as most of us do, would not impair its marvelous expression, its output, by
overeating or undereating, or by irregular living. They would not allow
themselves to be crippled for days by burning out its delicate brain and
nerve cells with the fires of hot temper, by shocks of hatred, jealousy,
fear or worry. Instead, they would protect this marvelously delicate and
sensitive mechanism from its multitude of physical and mental enemies.
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difficulty is to learn to perceive with your whole body, not with
just your eyes and reason. The world becomes a stream of
rapid, unique events. So you must trim your body to make it
receptor. The body is an awareness; and it must be treated
enjoys a great share in our being, and has an eminent place in it.
Its structure and composition, therefore, are worthy of proper
Michel de Montaigne
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.
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
feels and believes and says, is always true.
body says what words cannot.
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
eat more wholesome food, express some feelings, quit your job, see
doctor, or it may have some other message for you, but there is
answer available to you. The key is to ask and then listen
honestly for a response.
have to stand up and be a human. You have to honor the man
woman that you are. Respect your body, enjoy your body, love
body, feed, clean, and heal your body. Exercise and do what
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
your body, you plant seeds of love in your mind, and when they
you will love, honor, and respect your body immensely.
Don Miguel Ruiz
Wherever you are, whether in a work meeting, sitting with your partner,
holding your child, or writing a report, you can relax any part of your body
that feels tight, release any tension that you may be holding on to.
because mind and body are one, by becoming aware of your body and
by learning to let go of the tension that it holds within it,
your whole being becomes calmer and more serene.
Choose the Life You Want
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.
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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.
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
some of your habits, and some of the things you're putting into
body. So, for heaven's sake, take better care of your body.
Little Book of Life
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
|I was in an eight-pound body, and I was in a body that was only
two and a half feet tall. I was in a body that didn’t have any hair
on it, and then it had a whole bunch of hair on it, and then it all fell
out again later on. I’ve been in lots of different bodies. But nothing
about me—not one physical cell that was in any of those bodies—is
in the body that I carry now. Every cell has been changed . . . yet I
can remember everything about what I did when I was 10 years old.
I am not a body with a soul; I’m a soul with a body.
Happiness Is the Way
Your body instinctively understands the energy of words.
You can benefit
from this inner knowledge by paying attention to words that describe the
feeling of your physical symptoms. Always ask yourself if the word you use
to describe your symptom also describes another aspect of your life.
“Aching, stiff joints” may reflect an inflexible work schedule or relationship,
while a headache that feels like “constant pressure” may describe your
current financial situation. In such cases, your body is begging you to take
notice of what’s happening in your life. Just recognizing that the symptom
applies not only to your body but also to your life shatters your ability to
ignore the unhealthy situation and motivates you to make the changes you need.
No Endings, Only Beginnings
|Nature's 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
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
Abilities such as walking, seeing, thinking, and peeing take care
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,
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. . ."
Wherever You Go, There You Are
should consider their bodies as priceless gifts from one whom they
love above all, a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty,
mystery beyond human conception, and so delicate that a word, a
a look, nay, a thought may injure it. Uncleanliness, which breeds
and death, is not only a self-destructive but highly immoral
if one observes, one will see that the body has its own
it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the
intelligence of the body.
The Flight of the Eagle
|The body itself, what we term the physical body, whatever may
be the facts regarding a finer spiritual body within it all the time
giving form to and animating and directing all its movements, is
of material origin, and derives its sustenance from the food we
take, from the air we breathe, the water we drink. In this sense
it is from the earth, and when we are through with it,
it will go back to the earth. . . .
We take the food, the water, we breathe the air; but this is all
and always acted upon by a higher force. Thus it is that mind builds
body, the same as in every department of our being it is the great
builder. Our thoughts shape and determine our features, our walk,
the posture of our bodies, our voices; they determine the
effectiveness of our mental and our physical activities, as well as
all our relations with and influence or effects upon others.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit"
has a part of their body that they don't like, but
I've stopped complaining about mine because I don't want
to critique nature's handiwork. . . My job is simply to allow
the light to shine out of the masterpiece.
And yet a lot of the time many of us completely forget we have a body.
Our body is there, but our mind is somewhere else, not with the body.
Our mind is alienated from the body. It is with our projects, our worries,
our fears. We can work on a computer for hours and completely forget
our body, until something starts to hurt. But how can we say we’re truly
living our life if we’ve forgotten we have a body? If our mind is not with
our body, we cannot say that we’re fully present.
We cannot say that we’re truly alive.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Living