The other day when I was jogging I was paying close attention to my body. I suddenly realized how much I love and appreciate this wonderful physical body I’m blessed to have.

I’ve been exercising and jogging over 45 years, most of my adult life. But until recent years I definitely did not love or appreciate my body, though I exercised faithfully. And still do.

My attitude was my body was my enemy. And one way I could keep it from falling apart was to exercise and jog. But there was no joy in it for me. Only resistance.

Sound familiar?

But now I love exercise, I love jogging, I love my body, I love my life. The end result? Now, in the autumn of my life, I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been.

I finally made my body my buddy.

Here’s Spirit.

Over the years we’ve said many times in many ways you are God in human form. Even some of your mainstream religions, and certainly other spiritual traditions, call your bodies “temples” of the divine.

And they are indeed temples of God. That’s how we see your bodies. Those of us in the realms of Spirit who’ve been physically incarnated get to enjoy ourselves through you, through your physical bodies.

It truly is a great joy for us to be able to do this. We would like to see more of you taking more joy in your physical experiences, especially your bodies.

We realize things can go “wrong” with your bodies. We realize it requires a bit of “due diligence,” if you will, to care for your bodies. For example, with beneficial exercise, food, rest, etc.

But many of you approach “caretaking” of your bodies as a nuisance at best or, at worst, a bloody chore you’d rather ignore — and often do. There is, as with John in his earlier years, no joy in it. Only resistance.

Friends, when you approach your bodies and see them with the awe and reverence we do, you will thrive. Take joy in being physical. Find all the pleasure and passion you can with these magnificent mechanisms, your physical bodies.

Your bodies are not your enemy. You, at the soul level, chose your bodies before you incarnated. Even those of you who chose bodies with what you might call “challenges,” chose well and wisely.

Your higher selves knew what they were doing. Trust that. It behooves you to begin seeing your bodies with the reverence and love your higher selves do — and we do.

Yes, you can sometimes come up with physical challenges, with dis-ease. But know this — your bodies’ natural state is that of well-being.

Your bodies are far more responsive to your thoughts and feelings than most of you ever imagined. And they are far more resilient than most of you ever imagined.

So honor and love your bodies by taking good care of them. See them as the temples of God they truly are. No matter what condition they are in, honor and love them at all times. They will respond in ways that will amaze you.

Your bodies know how to be healthy and whole. Trust that. Stay out of their way. Honor and love them. We know we’re repeating ourselves here, but for a purpose.

Make your body your buddy.