The game of rejecting your own body

I was talking to a yoga teacher about creating an event about acceptance of own body. And as I was thinking around the subject it struck me how absurd it is that we would need something like that. Ooh! The Internet is full of articles about how to become more accepting of your own body.

I can imagine Divinity talking to Itself:

“Where else can We create separation in order to contemplate the Creation as separate from the Creator?”

“Hmmmm… How about creating separation between the spirit and its physical body?”

“No, that will never work! The spirit is in love with the body that it has created and is inhabiting!”

“It will work! We will be very subtle. We will start from love. The spirit loves its mind and its body. We will allow the spirit to become completely absorbed into the love of the mind until it filters all its experiences through the mind. That will create a first level of forgetfulness and separation. Then we will allow the mind to become absorbed into the love for another body. It will become so absorbed that it will forget where the love came from. It will forget that it loves because the spirit IS love. As forgetfulness takes over, it will start thinking that the other body is lovable. It will then decide on reasons why the other body is lovable. Often times, it will not be able to apply the same reasons to loving its own body as bodies are different. And, boom! Separation!”

“Sounds good. Starting from love and hiding the source of love along the way. But what if the mind IS able to apply the same reasons for loving its own body? How do we create separation then?”

“We could get the mind not to trust the body.”

“Whaaaat? Not to trust the body that is supporting it? How would that be possible?”

“Oh, we will be very subtle. We will start from love. The spirit loves perceiving its creations! We will allow the mind to become so absorbed with contemplating the creations that it will forget where the creations came from.”

“Really?”

“Yes! The mind will gradually forget that it is creating the experience of the body. It will forget, but it will continue to create. So some of the creations will seem random. Distrust towards a body that displays random phenomena will ensue.”

“Really?”

“I’m telling you!”

And yet, leaving aside this game of forgetfulness, accepting, no, loving our own bodies must be natural. It must be the easiest thing in the world. Have I perhaps chosen to make it (way) more complicated than it needs to be? Yes, yes, I know, the Internet is full of articles about how to become more accepting of your own body. But I think I will just pretend that it is the easiest thing in the world, so natural that I never forgot how to do it. I think I will play this game for a while.

Oh, and look out for the upcoming event on body acceptance. We will make it work. We will start from love…

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