I’m talking about your physical body.
Let me explain.
I love using my body to experience a wide variety of fun earthly activities: walking around the city, hiking in the woods, playing handball with friends, hugging people, making whoopee…
It may sound odd to say that, right?
I assure you, it’s not odd at all.
It’s actually very important that while we are here on this earth, we understand the concept and the reality of a physical body.
Human beings are born into a body that has 2 arms, 2 hands, 10 fingers, 2 legs, 2 feet, 10 toes, 1 head (and all of its lovely amenities – brain, eyes, ears, nose, mouth), heart, liver, gallbladder, lungs, small and large intestines, reproductive organs, a bladder, a couple of kidneys and various other parts and pieces.
The human body is an unbelievably amazing creation that is designed to function optimally on planet earth.
And, as fate would have it… the vast majority of these bodies function exactly the way they are designed; to experience a fully-engaged life on earth.
What we need to understand about our body is that it is only hosting us for a brief period of time while we are.
In the blink of an eye, you will go from one year of life to ten years, to twenty, to thirty, and for some reason from thirty we usually skip right to fifty, and then from fifty there’s a big leap to eighty… or at least it seems that way.
In other words the older you get, the quicker your time inside a body seems to get used up.
While you are here on earth it would be really wise to use your body because before you know it, you will NOT be in a body anymore.
That is why, for me, it is so important to use all of my body’s various parts and pieces to experience all I can while I am here, on planet earth.
My job, as the host occupying this human body, is to maintain its proper functioning as best as I can.
That means eating well, exercising, and taking care of myself to the best of my ability.
Some of my favorite ways to experience life in my body include climbing mountains, swimming in lakes and oceans, smelling the sweet aromas of flowers, hearing the birds sing, and viewing the spectacular landscape of this beautiful playground called earth.
My body is the vehicle that is allowing me to experience all of these amazing things.
I’m very clear that I am NOT taking my body with me when I exit out of this life. It is staying here to be recycled.
I’m also very clear that there may come a time in life when my body simply won’t be able to do all that it is designed to do as the parts and pieces wear out with age.
But, until that time comes, I’m committed to using my body and I highly encourage you to do the same.
Don’t get me wrong.
You can certainly use your body to lay on the couch, order fast food or junk food, watch tv or scroll through the internet and social feeds all day watching videos that showcase other people using their bodies.
That is certainly one option.
We have many choices on how we want to use our body, care for it, and reside in it while we are here.
My sage advice… get your butt off the couch or away from the screens for a while, and go out to experience life on earth in your beautiful body before you lose this amazing opportunity.
And, you don’t have to climb a mountain to use your body. If you live in a big city, you can use your body to play at one of the local parks.
For example, here I am teaching my nephew what it’s like to be out of a video game and in the world.
In a video game, he uses his hands, fingers, and eyes but the lower portion of his body sits in a chair for hours on end.
Getting out and using his whole body is really good for him. And, for me too.
How do you like to use your body?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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