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the body really is the temple

Many of us grew up with the scriptural teaching "remember that your body is the temple of God", though translating that teaching into actual practice has never taken any real hold in the Christian world. The implications are staggering, if you really dwell on it as a teaching, and not just an old adage to prevent people from having sex before marriage.

This year I am engaged in a course with Robert Sardello, learning, at this advanced age, to truly open to the astounding significance of the need to include body experience as equally significant with mind dominance, which has been the story of my life. I am finding it more difficult than I believed possible...and yet - isn't that what it means to learn something new?

The following quote from Sardello's book called Freeing the Soul From Fear (p. 66) reinforces for me why I need to continue this learning and practice, perhaps for the rest of my life:

If the body becaomes dulled, the soul has limited means

of engaging the world. How do you tell?

...degrees of rigidity in our attitudes...

intolerant? dogmatic? inflexible ideas?

prone to fanaticism? oppose necessary change?

find it necessary to conform to outer authority?

I find traces of all these in myself, some more than others, and even the worst ones at different times, depending on what is going on in my life. This passage alone is enough to give me incentive to continue my work with Sardello, and even - especially - when the course ends!

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

30.07 | 19:22

As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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