Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sacred Garment

"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, it should be treated with honor."  - Martha Graham

So, how do you treat your body?  We forget that our bodies house our spirits, our connections to
the universe, whatever higher power we believe in.  We loathe our bodies, we feed on processed
food, and drink.....some of us pickle our bodies with alcohol, and others try to numb it into oblivion
with drugs.

We try to pound our bodies into Wall Street's airbrushed perfection.....and when that doesn't happen,
we get depressed or angry and think we are failures.  We tend to forget, that each of us is like a snowflake, all different, all unique.......shapes, sizes, colors.

I can tell you from personal experience, let the loss of good health knock on your door and suddenly we look at our bodies in a very different light.  The thought of the loss of that garment( death) makes us want to treat it as the treasure it is.  Soda or water? fresh food or fast? a little fresh air and exercise or sit in front of the tv/computer? does not involve rocket science, this caring for this exquisite garment, we call the body.

Bodies change so much through our lifetimes......accidents happen, life happens, disease.  We mourn for the bodies of our youth, failing to celebrate our body that is now.  Honor that garment, show gratitude for all that it is today, it could be much less tomorrow.

A sacred garment, wow, when you describe the body like that........what a difference.   My sacred garment is showing some wear and tear, but I try to remind myself everyday......there is not another one like is an original.


  1. Wow :) Thanks for this truly inspiring post!!

  2. I always think of the term "temple" when I think of our bodies...mine is crumbling even as I write this! I see the inside of bodies all day at work (surgery) and can tell first hand what happens when they are abused. Our bodies are wonderful machines that try so hard to repair what we destroy. There are many things that we can't control in our own health...but there are some that if a few changes are made it makes a ton of difference in how we feel and how our bodies can heal. Yoga can make a big difference in helping with stress and fitness and you have the privilege of bringing that to many people. Have a great weekend!

  3. I treat my body terrible most of the I really should take better care of it.......