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"The human body is beautiful. It is such a privilege to be embodied... In the deepest sense, the body is the most intimate place. Your body is your clay home; your body is the only home that you have in this universe. It is in and through your body that your soul becomes visible and real for you. Your body is the home of your soul on earth...

The body is the angel who expresses and minds the soul; we should always pay loving attention to our bodies. The body has often been ascapegoat for the deceptions and poisons of the mind. A primordial innocence surrounds the body, an incredible brightness and goodness. The body is the angel of the life...

The body is much sinned against, even in a religion based on the Incarnation. Religion has often presented the body as a the source of evil, ambiguity, lust and seduction. This is utterly false and irrelevant. The body is sacred...

The body is a sacred threshold; and it deserves to be respected, minded and understood in its spiritual nature...
The body is also very truthful. You know from your own life that your body rarely lies... Your body tells you, if you attend to it, how your life is and whether you are living from your soul or from the labyrinths of your negativity. The body also has wonderful intelligence. All of our movements, indeed everything we do, demands the most refined and detailed co-operation of each of our senses... Your body is, in essence, a crowd of different members who work in harmony to make your belonging in the world possible...

The body is your only home in the universe. It is your house of belonging here in the world. It is a very sacred temple. To spend time in silence before the mystery of your body brings you towards wisdom and holiness...

Your body knows you very intimately; it is aware of your whole spirit and soul life. Far sooner than your mind, your body knows how privileged it is to be here. It is also aware of the presence of death. There is wisdom in your physical, bodily presence that is luminous and profound. Frequently, the illnesses that come to us result from our self neglect and our failure to listen to the voice of the body. The inner voices of the body want to speak to us of the truths beneath the fixed surface of our external lives...

Your body is in the soul and the soul suffuses you completely. Therefore, all around you there is a secret and beautiful soul light. This recognition suggests a new art of prayer:

close your eyes and relax into your body. Imagine a light all around you, the light of your soul. Then with your breath, draw the light into your body and bring it with your breath through every area of your body...

When you bring cleansing, healing soul light into your body, you heal the neglected, tormented places..."

Extracts from Anam Cara - Spiritual Wisdom From The Celtic World by John O'Donohue

My morning meditation today.


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