You drove me from society’s meanness and hypocrisy so that I can recover and arise anew far away from prying eyes.
You took me out of all I had been, sent me to the ends of the earth, crushing all my practices, making me consider all I have done and been through, questioning dogma and ritual.
You made me suffer in my body so that I appreciate the important things.
You have left me with nothing so that I may be ready for anything.
You have shunned and ignored me so that my ego may know humiliation and disappear.
You have whittled me down to nothing so that I may know the expansiveness of my true self.
You have shown me abuse, trauma, destitution, pain, destruction, betrayal, corruption, rape and murder so that I may know love, care, abundance, peace, creative bountifulness, bliss, fullness and the true life of the inner self.
I submit to the great teacher of experience who opens my eyes to its hollowness.
While I say the body is something we ‘have’ and not what we ‘are’ – it is our ‘temple’ i.e. ‘where’ we worship.
Many religious traditions discount the physical which lends itself to their followers to care less about the environment for example, because it’s ‘all going to end anyway’ (i.e. in the apocalypse or similar).
Once again, we have a ‘chicken or the egg’ scenario: is the world going to end because of prophecy or does prophecy say it will end because we are destroying it?
We are and are not our body. We are and are not our environment. Our body is intrinsically part of the environment – made of exactly the same material as everything we see around us.
We, though, our essence, is the breath of life that was breathed into us – the soul. Whether soul or body though – we are one. We are not different in essence. We may differ in understanding and ability but not essence. Our soul comes from the same place and nature.
Our bodies are of the same material. We breathe the same air, drink the same water, eat the same food. We are at essence the same. We are one.