Challenge 8: Your Body: Your Temple, Your Pet

Posted on August 26, 2011

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“Do you not know that your body is a temple of God?” ~The Bible

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”  ~Buddha

“Keep your body pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”  ~B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health

In almost every society, culture and religion, there is a reference to the spiritual importance of maintaining a healthy body. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, one cannot deny the pragmatic aspect of keeping the physical body as healthy as possible. 

For anyone who has been sick or who has suffered some kind of medical intervention because the body was not healthy, you know what I mean. When the body malfunctions, we cannot live our lives at full capacity. For those who’ve never experienced any kind of illness or surgery, it may be easier to take the health of the physical body for granted but even so, one cannot deny the link between one’s happiness and one’s health.

In addition to practical aspects, the way we treat our bodies speaks volumes about our self-worth. Since we have to live in our bodies and because we are dependent on them for life, taking good care of one’s body shows that one cares about one’s self. So the ways in which we treat our bodies demonstrates our levels of self-value.

In order for you to increase your self-worth, you need to honestly examine the way you treat your body. Do you overeat? Overtrain? Undereat? Not exercise? Do you smoke? Drink too much alcohol? Have unprotected sex? Do you starve your body? Do you feed it unhealthy food? Do you drink too much caffeine? Not take vitamins that you need? 

In order for you to truly value yourself, you must honor your body. It is your temple and the way you treat it demonstrates how well you honor yourself. 

Challenge #8: Treat your Body as Your Pet

Think of your favorite pet. Would you let him get too hungry? Would you feed him nachos and beer every night? Would you NOT walk him or let him get exercise? Of course not. You wouldn’t want him to get sick. You love your pet so you take care of him. 

Start thinking of your body like you would your pet. And for the next three days, check in with yourself throughout the day to see if you are taking care of your pet body. Are you feeding it good food? Are you giving it enough water? Did you let it play outside? Did you give it some exercise?

Although a complete body transformation and health program will take some time, you can get started today by completing this week’s challenge. At the end of the three days, record what you’ve noticed about the ways in which you treat your body. Then, start making a list of things you’d like to change as far as your eating, exercise and sleep habits go.