Honoring the Body

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14

The practice of honoring the body is born of the confidence that our bodies are made in the image of God’s own goodness. As the place where the divine presence dwells, our bodies are worthy of care and blessing and ought never to be degraded or exploited. It is through our daily bodily acts that we might live more fully into the sacredness of our bodies and the bodies of others. Stephanie Paulsell writes, “The practice of honoring the body challenges us to remember the sacredness of the body in every moment of our lives… Because our bodies are so vulnerable, we need each other to protect and care for them.” Ways to practice honoring the body include: bathing, adornment (clothing, jewelry, etc.); touching; sexuality and attitudes about body image. To read more about honoring the body and these practices, click here.

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