I recently came upon some intriguing quotes from Mechtild of Magdeburg, a 13th Century mystic who is believed by some scholars to have influenced Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Here is one of my favorites:
Do not disdain your body, for the soul is just as safe in
its body as in the kingdom of heaven — though not so certain.
It is just as daring — but not so strong.
Just as powerful — but not so constant.
Just as loving — but not so joyful.
Just as gentle — but not so rich.
Just as holy — but not yet so sinless.
Just as content — but not so complete.
Why do some of us “disdain” our bodies?