“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
I love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh. It helps me to realise that, whilst the physical form may be superficial and fleeting, it is still precious. A flower dies within days of blooming, but don’t we enjoy it, celebrate it, nurture it and revere it while it is alive?
With the discovery of a newfound spiritual practice there can be a tendency, as I suggested earlier, to think that it is futile or even arrogant or shallow to take care of the body, to enjoy in or appreciate the physical form.
But this quote says no–your physical form is a gift, inextricably linked to all of the most beautiful and mysterious things in the universe. It is a manifestation of life, of the divine, and should be appreciated as such. And doesn’t taking good care of something seem to be the best way of expressing gratitude that there is?