Sunday, February 24, 2008

cleaning house

Our bodies are our own sacred spaces in which we experience life in this world. We experience life through our bodies. When our bodies cease to exist, so does our earthly existance--this of course, is a common sense idea, yet one I believe we frequently take for granted. If not, we would all be treating our body like the spiritual housing it is. Our bodies house our spirit while on earth--perhaps by focusing on this thought we will make treating our bodies with care and honor a top priority.

And, as we know, our bodies and minds are intricately connected. This excerpt from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle describes how our bodies can naturally fill up with toxic energy from our thoughts:

"Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it were a reality. It doesn't know it is just a thought. To the body, a worrisome, fearful thought means 'I am in danger,' and it responds accordingly, even though you may be lying in a warm and comfortable bed at night. The heart beats faster, muscles contract, breathing becomes rapid. There is a build up of energy, but since the danger is only a mental fiction, the energy has no outlet. Part of it is fed back to the mind and generates even more anxious thought. The rest of the energy turns toxic and interferes with the harmonious functioning of the body." pg. 134

This is why it is so important, first, to practice surrendering worries and anxiety, and second, to make sure we are finding ways to release this toxic energy stored up in our bodies. If we don't, it continues to build up in the body and can lead to illness and disease.

Here are some ways you can do some spiritual house cleaning:

*get massages
*practice yoga
*have sex
*practice deep breathing

All these activities will help clean the body of all the stress, tension, and negative stuff stored up in it. It is necessary and essential. Honor your body--clean house regularly.


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