“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroy God’s temple, God will destroy that person; the temple of God, which you are, is holy.”-I Corinthians 3:16-17
As I continue the journey within I find more and more references to our bodies housing the Divine in scriptures. I wanted to site where Paul shares his insight on the subject as there are certain facets of Christians that feel Paul is the only one speaking to Gentiles. I know it’s a silly concept but I want people to be comfortable with meditative practice and to understand that it’s acceptable in the eyes of scripture, no matter their translation or creed.
What Paul is saying here is an echo of Christ’s teachings on the Kingdom of Heaven being within. Mystics don’t tend to struggle going inward for guidance as it is their path but the dogmatic tend to be more exoteric in their approach. If you are of the latter category take this as a sign to treat your body with reverence. Abstain from things that are unhealthy and nurture your physical being. If you are of the former category, a mystic, then learn to guard your thought life and treat your internal dialogue with the same reverence that you treat your body with. Now, if you want to experience tremendous spiritual growth do both and and bring balance between the two.
The way we carry ourselves marks who we are. So let the way you live your life be an outward sign of an inward desire. Let that desire be to cherish the life force within our being. It’s good to be alive.