Mind Your Body

15 July 2012

The greatest of all gains is health,
Nibbana is the greatest bliss.
The Eightfold Path is the best of paths,
For it leads safely to the Deathless.
MN 75 : Magandiya Sutta

It was a contemplative session during Service Sunday as Sis. Tan Yee Yong shared on the meaning and importance of physical well-being, quoting numerous teachings from the Buddha’s discourses.  Good health is essential for spiritual practice.  We were also reminded to practise moderation in our eating and reduce ailments.  Learn how to take care of the sick, and we are well-prepared to look after ourselves and others in times of need.

During a simple exercise, devotees were asked to write down three of the most treasured physical things in their lives.  Examples included one’s own body, family, house and car.  When impermanence strikes and takes away these precious things or people, how devastated does one feel?  Understanding the inseparable connection between mind and body, we should gain insight into our attachments.  Freeing ourselves from clinging, we dwell in peace and serenity.