We have such strange messages about our bodies....too fat, too thin, not toned enough, not tanned enough, not strong enough, not soft enough, too short, too tall, the list can go on and on and on.
The thing is that the body is the temple. It is the only one we have this time around. The temple is for holding. This speaks to a number of layers. From the time we are born to the time we die we all need to be held. It does not matter how much time passes between these two major events. We still need to be held. Our bodies heal faster with human touch. Our emotions heal when we are held. And our bodies also hold our soul energies while we are here. Our bodies are the temples of our souls. This is why we simply need to love it, bless it, and keep it as healthy as we possibly can with the cards that we are dealt. If we abuse our bodies or if we dirty them up with silly stuff, we are abusing our souls. We need to appreciate our bodies for what they are and to celebrate our bodies as something of the Divine, instead of something that is out of "original sin", whatever the heck that is supposed to mean. We all have a piece of God/Goddess in us. That makes our bodies as Holy as any Deity. Our bodies are sacred vessels that house our souls and through which our spirits are able to express themselves.
So for all of us who have ever in our lifetimes had negative messages about our bodies, I encourage a real re-evaluation of the validity of any of these messages as well as a serious infusion of Holy consciousness into who and what our bodies and ourselves really are.