.Awakening - Your Body
The previous articles explain that you are not the body that you see everyday in the mirror, but you are the one who makes that body work. You are the controller of the body. You are the driver of your body, the processor of your computer. You are a powerful creator. Your brain does not think. You (the mind) are the one who thinks, decides, feels, and perceives. Deeper than that is the fact that it's not "your mind". You are the mind. For now, let's at least be clear that your physical body is only a medium, an instrument, a machine that cannot work without YOU. Everything that goes around in your body is due to all that is going on inside of YOU. If there are cells / organs functioning well or not well, it is all the direct reflection of all that is going on inside of YOU.
If you have come into this physical body (despite you being non-physical energy), there are reasons for your being on this planet in the physical form.
Many-a-times, as people come to realize their inner being, they forget that the physical body, an important and precious instrument that is the medium to express, explore and experience, also needs to be taken care of. It is now understood that "I am energy, not this body", however, this does not, in any way, imply that we should disregard or dishonor the body. We are not here to transcend the physical reality. We are here to embrace and enjoy it. As Wallace D. Wattles rightly says through his book "The Science of Getting Rich",
we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul.
No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable,
and no one of the three - body, mind, or soul - can live full
if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression.
It is not right or noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body;
and it is wrong to live for the intellect and deny body or soul.
Soul vs Body
The soul is considered as the controller of the body. It has also been scientifically proven that it is the energy of thoughts that affects each cell in your body. Today's great scientists like Bruce H. Lipton, and some others have started proving these theories.
However, even if the soul controls or affects the body, the soul cannot nourish or sustain the body. In order for the body to survive, sustain, refresh, and replenish, nourishment in the form of food is mandatory. That's the way nature is. We can prove why plants need water, but we cannot question why plants need water. Same applies to the body.
On the other hand, doing something only for the body assuming that the soul will be happy is always momentary. Well, by that I'm not saying that one mustn't 'do' anything. Look good. Get your photos clicked. Dress well. Buy clothes. Eat the food you like. Work. Study. Pursue your hobbies. Travel. Do everything that your body needs. However, if you only perform all of these physical actions with the primary intention of feeling good, you might as well feel good, but it will be short-term, temporary, conditional, and limiting.
Therefore, taking care of the (physical) body is equally as important as taking care of the (non-physical) mind / soul, and the means for both of those are different.
Often, people, who come to the point of realizing that the soul is the root of everything, begin questioning their biology. They begin devaluing their body, trying to work on forgetting it and detaching from it. Let's understand that the soul is the root, but it is of no meaning without a body. Just as a seed is of no use until it grows into a plant. One does not need to devalue or forget or begin disliking the body. It's just that running too much behind the maintenance of the body (especially using today's artificial means) is like running behind the perishable, besides, if done with a negative focus, it backfires.
Let's understand this with the help of an example:
✕ Eating something just because you want to keep your body running is not something great. Everybody does that.
✕ Eating something in order to feel good is trying to make the non-physical happy on the basis of physical actions. As mentioned above, it is temporary, conditional, and limiting.
This is where spirituality comes into picture:
✅ Eating something with happiness and making the most of that food while enjoying every bite of it, appreciating all that life has given you... is the spirituality I'm talking about.
You can come up with more examples similar to the above analogy of eating.
The Food that you consume
Everything in this world is overpowered by your thoughts and the vibrations you emit. This includes food. Therefore, no matter what food you eat, it's the thoughts and vibrations you emit at that point of time (and later too until that food is digested) that determine how effective that food will be on your health.
Have you seen some people eat a lot, but still stay fit? And some who hardly eat anything but get obese? Some people eat lots of chocolate, but still have no belly, whereas some hardly eat junk food, but are still unhealthy. It's the same substance being consumed, and if that substance was powerful enough, it should have had the exact same effect on everyone in the world.
Doesn't mean that you consume Hydro Chrolic Acid tomorrow and say, "How I feel is important, I'm happy now, so I should be able to overpower this." It has been found that HCL cannot be eaten. Similarly, it has been found that non-vegetarian food is a bit less healthier than vegetarian food. It has been found that the environment and the mood in which you eat food is important as well. It's important to use one's discernment and logic and then decide one's course of action.
It is, therefore, to be understood to not blame the substances we consume. It's what we think and how we feel and what we vibrate that plays 99% of the role.
It also becomes important to understand that it is not really a "sin" to consume non-vegetarian food. Just try to understand its health benefits / effects, and then decide on your own. Remember, it's your choice first, then an addiction. I am personally a pure vegetarian person, so I am biased towards vegetarianism. I cannot kill an animal and put it in my stomach. That's just me.