Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Your body is your temple. We always hear variations on that theme, but really, what does that mean? Well let's look at the word body. Webster describes it as the physical structure and material substance of a human, animal, plant, or other physical organism. Now let's see what the dictionary says about the word temple. It is an edifice or structure, a building, dedicated to the service or worship of deities.
Well, now we see that if our body is our temple, then that means our physical structure should be dedicated or consecrated. By that I'm saying: as Ethnic Beauties, we should maintain a positive body-image whether we're thin, heavy, tall, short, black, beige, yellow, olive, brown, or anything in between. However, seeing ourselves in a positive light just isn't enough. If we don’t take care of these beautiful bodies, then we will yet do ourselves a disservice.
When we really grasp the concept, and believe that our bodies are our temples, we won't be so quick to desecrate our temples. By that I mean, we'll think about the things that we put into our bodies that may not be good for them. Look at it like this. We go to temples, churches, synagogues, and mosques, right? Those are our earthly temples. Well our bodies are our physical temples. Now with our earthly temples, most of us wouldn’t go into these buildings and start fires, write on the walls or, dump trash. That would unthinkable! It would be the equivalent of desecrating the place that we have designated as sacred, and holy. Well in that same light, let us take a look at our physical temples -- our bodies.
Ethnic beauties our bodies are sacred. Let us not have more respect for our places of spirituality than we have for the place where our spirit dwells. The same way we wouldn't desecrate our earthly temple, let us not abuse our physical temples. Let's choose not to destroy our bodies with alcohol, drugs, and unprotected sex. Let us not eat until we're so full we can't move. Let us not shun, or refrain from physical activities. Let us not deprive our bodies, our temples, of the essential nutrients, or the sleep that we need to restore our souls.
In treating our beautiful bodies as the temples that they are, let us see about ourselves. If you're a woman over fifty, you need a mammogram. Men need prostate exams. Young women and expectant mothers need to see the gynecologist or the obstetrician for pre-natal care. We need exercise, even if it's just a short walk. In believing, not just saying that our bodies are our temples, let us love ourselves, and practice actions that show this love.
Let us reverence ourselves -- our temples. Let us not allow ourselves to be pushed around. We are not to be slapped, punched, kicked, or disrespected. We cannot allow others to speak to us in manners that are inappropriate, because we must maintain respect, for ourselves and others.
We are sacred. Our spirits connect with the Great Spirit that dwells in our bodies, our temples. We, and our bodies are divine, to be honored, loved, and cherished, and those with whom we chose to share ourselves should also see us in that light.