An embodied ideal

Jeremiah 31:7-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18

Whether we choose to believe it or not, we human beings are embodied creatures. There have been many times throughout the history of philosophy and religion when great thinkers have tried to minimize or deny the physicality of human existence. Simple phrases such as “mind over matter” and biblical passages such as 1 Corinthians 9:27, “but I punish my body and enslave it,” have contributed to the misleading belief that we are at our best as human beings when some spiritual core that is separate from our physical nature governs our lives. Experience teaches us, however, that we make the best sense of ourselves and our world when we understand the intimate connection of our lives to our bodies and to the physical ground upon which our feet tread.

 

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