“An attachment to maintaining or improving one’s physical appearance will always lead to anxiety and disappointment, for the simple reason that the human body is constantly in a state of change. Despite this obvious fact, each year millions of people spend literally billions of dollars worldwide in an effort to either obtain or preserve a more youthful and attractive physical appearance.
To clarify, I am not referring to a fundamental caring for the body through exercise, proper diet, and grooming, or cosmetic surgeries required as a result of illnesses, accidents, or other traumas. I am referring to those nonessential medical procedures: (i.e., face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, breast implants, and so on) that are designed to improve body appearance as a means of enhancing self-esteem. The key problem with these types of procedures is that they are grounded in the premise that our external packaging is who we are…
What you really are is a divine spark of God, an eternal being who inhabits a particular physical body for a finite period of time. You are therefore a spiritual being having a human experience, and your body is the means for both experiencing this planet and expressing yourself. So while you must never forget that your body is a miraculous creation that deserves proper care and respect, also remember to avoid becoming attached to its appearance. Your continually changing body is merely a container that houses the real you—your Spirit.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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