“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha
Your body is the vessel in which all things flow. We can cause the physical body harm through many ways, harmful eating habits, poor mental and emotional health, lack of rest and more. How are you allocating your time? Are you giving more time and attention to things that lack importance? Remember, the things that we desire in life only thrive if we do. The allocation of your time is essential in life and has everything to do with how you feel about or take care of you. How much time you spend caring for yourself and your body is also a direct reflection of how you feel about you. Are you healthy? Are you treating you and your body well? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you not engaging in random acts of unprotected sex etc.? All of this is vital if you’re seeking to live a healthy life. A huge important act of self-care is the protection and nourishment of our bodies. How you clean, nourish and treat your body is all a reflection of how you feel about self. Bottom-line, nobody is going to protect you like you. Nobody is going to care for your body and love your body the way that you do. Below is a short list of ways you can invest more into your physical health.
Monitoring Food and Water Intake
Making sure we’re eating healthy, taking in the proper daily nutrients and drinking plenty of water should always be number one on our list. Fast food should never be an option. If you are a fast food eater, make sure you’re not in taking it on a consistent basis. Discover what diet plans and options best resonate you and maintain the plan you’ve established. Food is the fuel that your body needs to function well. The food we eat has a direct impact on how we feel as well as on our overall health. Studies show that in many cases, fast food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt (sodium) all things that are major health risk. This is in addition to all the other processed foods that are marketed to us daily. Just as much as we watch what we eat, what we drink is just as important. Our daily water consumption maters. Try at least a gallon a of ice cold water a day. Substitute your coffee for tea and soda for fruit infused water or a nutritious smoothie.
Sleep is healing. Quality rest is a gift. Resting your body properly is a form of self-care. Those who tell you “I’ll sleep when I die” don’t realize they’re saying they do not care about living. At some point, society adopted the idea that to sleep means you don’t care about your future, you’re lazy or unsuccessful. Craziest logic on earth and it is actually the complete opposite. Sleep deprivation is said to lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Lack of sleep also determines how well or not so well you function during the day. Getting the required 7-8 hours of sleep is not an option, it’s a life necessity. Make sure you’re properly resting your body.
Being Safe Sexually
There are more than just physical health risk when it comes to engaging in random acts of sex with people you hardly know. Sexuality has always been closely associated to spirituality. You’re having more than a sexual experience when you choose to be physically intimate with someone else. I’ve always been a firm believer in it being no such thing as “casual sex.” Each time we have sex, we create an energy cord with our partner. Their thoughts, feelings, desires, etc., are left as impressions in our aura, which unless cleansed, stays with us. Having multiple partners means the transfers of multiple lasting impressions that go on to affect us immensely in the future. In order to avoid that we have to be sure that we are being responsible sexually. The same health precautious we take when having sex should apply spiritually as well. Not having unprotected sex randomly is important. Be cautious of who you’re exchanging energy with when being intimate is just as important. Getting tested regularly and always having “the talk” with new partners is imperative. Never let embarrassment or fear stop you from protecting your body from short or long term harm. Remember that there is nothing that a man/woman says or does that warrants them access to your body. No means no, always. You are not obligated to give yourself to anyone just because they feel they’re deserving.
We have to be sure that our temples are clean. This means bathing properly several times a day. Watching what we eat and drink because what we fuel our bodies with has a lot to do with our hygiene. My doctor once told me that every woman has her own unique, natural scent, but it should never be foul. When it is you should be worried. Be mindful of certain foods that throws your PH balance off causing harmful bodily infections. As men and women we have to make sure we’re staying of anything that heightens long term health risk. Your health depends on your personal hygiene. “Good hygiene” is what we should all embody. Cleanliness is Godliness. You should always regularly and thoroughly wash your body, yoni and lingam care is a must. Washing your hair, hands, as well as brushing and flossing your teeth, regularly. Caring for your appearance and body odors is essential to your self-esteem. When you don’t have a certain upkeep about yourself you’re more inclined to feel a lack of confidence in your everyday life. Your body is your temple. Taking care of every part of you is another HUGE form of self-care. Invest in the nourishment of your body in every form. Take care of it and it’ll take care of you.
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