I recently had a conversation with a friend I met in the aisle at Safeway that led to comments about how we care for our bodies. She was insistent that we need care for our body even though it is but a temporary vehicle for this lifetime. We both agreed it’s not who we are – it’s not our eternal self that we share with God.
My thoughts came back to this question later that day. I pondered the popular view that care of the body is to follow recommended guidelines in terms of nutrition, exercise, rest, vitamins, minerals, and so forth. Most would agree this is helpful, perhaps necessary, especially in terms of factors of age, present health concerns, and family history, to name a few. And then there’s science.
It appears people follow these principles to varying degrees. Perhaps it’s time we consider the bigger question: “Who do we believe we are?” Do we believe we are created in God’s image? Then we too, share God’s power and every attribute. We, like God, have dominion over all things. This is not a statement of arrogance, but one of spiritual fact. So how is it we can give power-over-us, to a virus, to DNA, to science or to the physical laws of science and the body? We all know someone who has healed what this model claims to be impossible. That’s the power of our mind in God.
Admittedly, it can be scary to choose to live outside of these guidelines and the beliefs we have been taught—all that we learned. For most of us, it involves a 180-degree turnaround. And that’s where healing lies—a permanent shift in awareness and of our beliefs. What one has accomplished is possible for all. This is the lesson of all spiritual teachers.
Do as we choose, with diet, exercise and such, we must come to know who we are through the practice of spiritual principles and to cease immersing ourselves in the thoughts of the ego. The ego will always tell us to watch what we eat but will never tell us to stop judging ourselves or other people and to simply forgive, relax, and take time to enjoy the day. It will never tell us to follow our passion and to trust God and to trust goodness; that joy is our birthright and divine love is what we are.
The ego will exhaust us with its endless mental imaginings, while the practice of simply getting still will lead us to an experience of divine love. The consciousness of divine love overrides all other “keys to health”. The light of divine love will replace our experience of sickness and pain. There is nothing outside of God’s love. People who claim and apply these spiritual facts experience miracles.
Our thoughts alone determine our feelings and our feelings express in our bodies as sickness or health. I will share this one more time: “We are the only creatures on the planet who can change our biology through our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them.” Deepak Chopra.
The beliefs and guidelines the world offers have great power in that what we choose to believe we will experience. As we think some behavior will make us sick, so it likely will. And while what we believe may not seem to be a choice, it is.
So, what do you believe will heal your body or achieve health and vitality? Is it “proper food and rest”? Is it the love of God? What could “proper food and rest” be but that which nurtures and restores us as we are in the stillness with God? Our sustenance is in God.
I’m certain, that when we’re experiencing greater peace and the comfort of God, we’re more likely to eat what is termed “proper food” simply because we’re not seeking for something outside ourselves. We will more likely enjoy a morning or evening walk as well as the practice of meditation and stilling the mind. And if we choose to eat a piece of birthday cake or enjoy some Cherry Garcia, we won’t judge ourselves or feel guilty. We won’t believe “it’s not good for us”. We’ll simply enjoy it.
As we choose to employ any guidelines to health let’s be certain to seek first, for an awareness of God in which we are guided in all our life choices, including what to eat and the ways in which we are to be active in our bodies—the care of the body.