The joy of a mortal body

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By Uma Sanghvi

Uma Sanghvi is an anxiety-relief coach. She uses trauma-informed techniques to help people overcome anxiety, stress and worry. 

“So I stood up and did a handstand on my Guru’s roof, to celebrate the notion of liberation. I felt the dusty tiles under my hands. I felt my own strength and balance. I felt the easy night breeze on the palms of my bare feet.

This kind of thing — a spontaneous handstand–isn’t something a disembodied cool blue soul can do, but a human being can do it. We have hands; we can stand on them if we want to. That’s our privilege.

That’s the joy of a mortal body. And that’s why God needs us. Because God loves to feel things through our hands.” 

This quote from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert reminds me of my purpose.

Who knew my purpose is so simple?

My hands, my feet, my body – are here to FEEL JOY.

Specifically, to feel the joy of God.

That’s it.

Only that.

Just that.

Nothing else.

I’m here to let God feel the warm sand under my feet. Cool water on my lips. To receive pleasure. To know the electricity in a kiss. The fire of dance. The vibrations of song. The freedom of playfulness. And even the sting of pain.

I know this to be true for you, too.

You’re here to EMBODY the joy of God. Through your hands, your feet, your heart, your gut, your voice, your bones, your marrow and blood.

You’re here to EMBODY joy, not to think about. Or analyze it.

To feel it in your cells. Cellular joy.

I’m talking about the deepest, richest, juiciest, most gratitude-inducing joy you can possibly imagine.

And the sweetest, quietest, gentlest joy you feel.

You came here to embody that – as a gift to God.

That is one of the great gifts of having a mortal body –  the gift taste and touch and smell and sound and sight. They are more important than you realize.

Your senses connect you to your body. And body connects you to God.

That’s the gift of your body, dear one. Your body. Not your mind and thinking and thoughts and spinning in endless circles of analyzing everything instead of feeling it.

You didn’t come here to get stuck in your head.

To over-think everything.

To believe the negative thoughts in your head.

Thinking has it’s uses, but they’re limited. The intellect has it’s uses but it’s limited. You can think about God all you want. But to know and feel and live and breathe God – you need to be in your body for that.

You came here to let God feel things through your hands.

A spontaneous handstand, your child, slippery paint, warm sunshine, thorny roses, long hugs, crying while cutting onions. Smelly science and soft blankets. Cold puddles and bright, sticky honey.

Let God feel these things through you. Get your mind out of the way and let spirit feel this world directly.

Your body is a channel that connects this earthly world to the world of spirit.

Not your mind.

You came here to let God feel things through your hands.

[ Actually, it’s more accurate to say that You came to the third dimensional plane to feel things through a body. You’re God. But I digress! ]

Being a disembodied cool blue soul is the opposite of your purpose. Your purpose is embodiment. To live in your human body.

The privilege of being human is this: to feel things.

To feel sensations. The dense ones and the subtle ones. The pleasant ones and the unpleasant ones.

To feel. To feel. To feel.

If you’re thinking all the time, you’re not really feeling. And it’s time to turn that around. Because

God needs us. Because God loves to feel things through our hands.

This mortal, sensitive, temporary body is your direct line to the eternal.

Wild, right?

(Divinity loves paradox.)

If you were God (trick question, because you are!) what would you LOVE for your human body to experience today?

Do that.

Do that, divine one. It’s your purpose.

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