Thursday, June 10, 2010

On Maintaining the Health of the Body and Soul: Get some exercise, in nature

I worry about the health of my friends. Sometimes they don't look well-rested. Like they are moving up the date of their arrival in the Abha Kingdom by not taking a breather. I want to tell them to go do something fun. Get some exercise. In nature, preferably. It can be positively prayerful. -gw
Since the body is the vehicle of the rational soul in this life on earth, it is important to maintain and care for it. Bahá'u'lláh strongly discouraged any form of asceticism or extreme self-denial. His emphasis was on healthy discipline. Therefore the Bahá'í writings contain a number of practical laws relating to the care of the human body: proper nutrition, regular bathing, and so forth. Underlying these, as with many other aspects of Bahá'í belief, is the principle of moderation: things that are beneficial when kept within the limits of moderation become harmful when taken to extremes.

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