A spiritual life requires a healthy body and mind. There are Four Pillars to your life. They represent the strength of your life and the stability of your life. They represent your ability to withstand change and to take advantage of opportunity. Like the four legs of a table, they uphold your life. Read about your health pillar here.

“Health is vitality. It is the vitality born of living a genuine life—a life that is full of meaning and purpose, a life that has direction and a life that is meaningfully engaged with others and with the world. This produces a vitality, a will to live and a desire to contribute—a certain zest for life.” — Living the Way of Knowledge

“You are not here to work on a body.You are simply asked not to damage it so that you can accomplish something of importance here.” — Wisdom from the Greater Community Vol I

“If your health is broken down, either mentally or physically, you will not be able to follow a greater purpose, and, in most cases, it will never be revealed to you because you are not ready to follow it.” — The Deep Evaluation

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” — Gautama Buddha

“If your health is weak or has been neglected or faces serious problems, you must deal with this on both a mental and a physical level. This constitutes a great deal of the work of preparing yourself for a greater purpose in life. People who do not do this work will fail, and their failure will be very consequential for them and for others who are meant to be with them.” — Love and Relationships


“If your body is weak, if your body is out of shape, then it may not be able to sustain you as a vehicle in this world. Many promising people have fallen because their physical health was inadequate to sustain the life that they had assumed. Here again you must assess your strengths and your weaknesses. Everyone physically has weak links in their health. What are those weak links? Where is your body strong and where is it fragile? What must you eat that is proper for maintaining a strong constitution? You must exercise every day and find the time to do this.” — Building the Four Pillars of your Life

“The Pillar of Health deals with both your mental health and your physical health, both of which must be effective enough and sustained enough to enable you to seek for a greater experience in life. If you are crippled emotionally or psychologically, then that must be corrected, or you will not have the focus and the energy to recognize and to pursue your greater purpose for being here.” — The New Message for Young People

“A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us.” — Pema Chödrön

“Eat well. Get enough sleep. Have daily exercise. Engage with the right people. Follow what you know. And keep asking for Spirit. If you engage with the wrong people, it will undermine your health and well-being and will bring you back into confusion and disorientation. Follow what is simple and understood. Perhaps you have said to yourself, ‘I know I shouldn’t do this,’ or ‘I know I should do that.’ Go do it. Do what you know. Why hesitate? What are you waiting for? Do not wait until a crisis occurs. Do not wait until a little problem has become a big problem. There is much you know already that you need to do to maintain your body and to have greater health mentally. Do those things. Do not ask for more. For you cannot use more until you use what you have today.” — Living the Way of Knowledge

“If you do not have good mental health and strong relationships, you can fall into despair. If you do not have the resident wisdom that is necessary about living in the world, then you can be influenced by other powers in the mental environment, seduced into thinking things that are not true, or following things that have nowhere to go. Here your promise will be wasted because you did not have the clarity of mind and the sobriety about your life to see the deception.” — Wisdom from the Greater Community Vol. I


“Getting your life in order, then, involves also addressing the needs for your health—your mental health and your physical health. The mind requires some structure; it requires enjoyment; it requires companionship; it requires relief and rest.” — The Deep Evaluation

“Health has two aspects to it. One is the physical, the other is the spiritual. The body is your temple — don’t neglect it. Your foolish, stupid ascetics have been telling you to neglect it — not only to neglect but to destroy your body. What food is for the body repose is in exactly the same way for the soul: food nourishes the body and repose nourishes the soul.” — Osho

“Becoming ill is a part of life, a hazard of life, a consequence of life. There are many causes: exposure to dangerous substances, stress, disappointment, the desire to retreat from the challenge of one’s life, exposure to other people who are ill, depression, grief. Any and all of these things may be present to initiate illness.” — Illness and Health

“Your body is a beautiful instrument. It is marvelous in what it can do. But its real value is determined by what it serves. If it serves a conflicted agenda of the mind, then the body will do destructive things to itself and to other bodies in the world around you.” — The Gift of a New Life

“The purpose of the body is not to be beautiful. It is to be an instrument of communication, to be a vehicle and to participate in a physical world in a physical reality. Like an automobile, if it can get you where you need to go, it has done its job.” — Living the Way of Knowledge

“Healing comes as a result of recognizing a greater purpose in your life.” — Healing Relationships

“Health is a side effect of spirituality. If you are complete within yourself, being healthy is natural.” — Sadhguru


“If the problem is purely mechanical, go to a doctor and fix it. If it deals with your mind, which is often the case, or has a mental equivalent, well, you need to go work with someone a little bit to get back into relationship, restore your self-expression and gain some perspective on your life.” — Wisdom from the Greater Community

“There are many, many ideas—even philosophies—about healing. Beyond the purely mechanical repair of the physical body, there is a great deal of speculation on the cause and nature of illness and the reparation of illness. Remedies vary depending on how far you want to go. Because any dysfunction, mental or physical, is part of your total life here, it cannot be isolated and separated out. If you wish to address a chronic problem, you must address your entire life.” — Wisdom from the Greater Community

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” — Corinthians 6:19-20

“Health is vitality. Vitality is a will to live and to contribute. It contains an excitement about life. It contains a sense of purpose in life. And it communicates its natural affinity with life to everyone around you. This vitality can be in a body that is strong or in a body that is weak.” — Living the Way of Knowledge

“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” — Deepak Chopra

“This state of quiet is immensely refreshing … Here you are just floating, free from the aggravation, the stress and the turbulence of life at the surface. Now you are going deeper in the ocean of consciousness where things are much more still. Life may be raging at the surface but you are living now in a moment of stillness.” — Going Beneath the Surface of the Mind

“Life should be built on the conservation of energy.” — Herbert M. Shelton

“Life Force is within you. You can feel it at this moment. It is breathing your body; it is moving your blood; it is keeping your nerves alive; it is sparking your mental awareness.” — Greater Community Spirituality

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