Originally Posted by terrienne
As I have worked on my weight loss I have came to realize that what I need to focus on is not just the weight loss, but also being healthy and fit. I was taught and have always believed that the body is a temple and now I have the mindset that treating my body as a temple is not just about not smoking or not using drugs or engaging in other destructive behaviors, but also means eating nutritious food, exercising and being as healthy as possible physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I agree that our body is a temple, specifically the temple of the Holy Spirit. And seeing the spiritual aspect of it helps to keep us motivated and have a deeper reason. We must care for the temple.
However, I also feel that God is a God who wants us to be happy, to be healthy, to enjoy a good life. And so we care for ourselves not just because we are a temple, but because God believes that as human beings we are important enough to care for ourselves. We are valuable to Him, and therefore we must care for ourselves.
To see it only as a way for us to 'care for the temple' than we aren't caring for ourselves. For so long I have practiced spirituality and cared for spiritual things, but those did not involve my self worth. I think that if you're going to become spiritual about weight loss, than you must know that it isn't just a religious tradition or ritual to please God, but it is because God cares for our well being and in His eyes we are valuable and He wants the best for us.
Religious traditions, especially dietary restrictions, have been a huge part of spiritual rituals. And although I believe those restrictions were for the well being of the people -especially those found in the Torah concerning the people of Israel - I believe people have made rituals and traditions as rules to be accepted by God. Rather, I believe God has placed those rituals and traditions because he wants more for us and wants to protect us.
So if you're going to use spirituality as a means to help you stick to the program, then make sure it is because you are learning the value that you have in the eyes of God, and not because you must follow rules and regulations to become closer to Him.