I do teach my clients, readers and viewers about weight loss, nutrition and health. But my underlying goal is to empower women to become their best selves and grow spiritually. I want to teach spirituality above anything else.
You might say oh, weight loss and getting trim and toned is so superficial, so selfish and not spiritual.
Well, no. I know how much women suffer from their insecurities about their bodies and negative self-consciousness. How their sense of wellbeing is impaired by being cut off from the natural energy they should feel, by not being comfortable in their own skin, and by not feeling free.
I know, because I used to be one of them. Although I’ve always been a spiritual and deep, thoughtful, person, like many women I allowed pressure from society to get me. The bad habits I allowed to flourish in my vulnerable state of mind robbed me of energy and drained me. Yes, these are at one level physical problems, but believe me they have profound spiritual consequences.
Let’s look at this metaphor: normally you don’t feel and don’t focus on your finger. But once you cut it, you focus on it because it hurts and you feel it all the time before it’s healed. It’s the same with your body – when it is not well – not nourished, not energetic and doesn’t look the way you want it to look, you are constantly conscious of it. Other more important things suffer until the body is healed.
Once you get comfortable in your body, confident about it, energised, well-nourished and healthy, you forget about it and start focusing on more important things. Once you develop good healthy habits, they become second nature and no longer require effort.
I want you to start growing spiritually and get to the next level. But first you need to become free in your body.
Not loving your body impairs spiritual fulfilment. Having bad habits and not taking care of your body distracts you from spiritual growth. My body is the home to my spirit, and I want my spirit to live in a nice place.
Controlling and nurturing your body is important in most Eastern Traditions. It has been there for centuries.
This does not mean that you necessarily have to do yoga to develop your body (although that’s not a bad idea). But developing your body and taking care of it is definitely an essential foundation of good spiritual practice.
So the next time you feel superficial or bad about yourself for wanting to lose weight, remember this old wisdom: your body is your temple. Take care of it, you get only one copy per lifetime.
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