The Bodist religion is one which focuses on the human body, and sees its development and modification as the most efficient way to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Through exercise, sport, adventure, Tattooism, biohacking, Eroticism, body modification etc, the Bodist finds that they are better able to control their world and find meaning in the tangible aspects of human life.
While some religions have denigrated the human body, seeing it as inferior to the more abstract and seemingly-transcendental human mind or spirit, many traditions diverged from this mainstream view. Tantrism in India used the physical senses as a means to transcend the ego and the idea of separateness. Hedonists in Greece saw physical pleasure as the best path to wholeness. Other Greek cults such as Eroticism also saw cultivation of physical perfection and beauty as the highest goal of the human being. Bodily modification and training has existed in many religions – from ritual tattoos and circumcision, to fasting and exercises like yoga and t’ai chi, the body has played an integral part in many spiritual traditions. Bodists today employ physical activity and somatic cultivation to enhance their well being and psychological fortitude.
By sublimating the discomfort and pain of strenuous physical activity into spiritual resilience, the Bodist also trains themselves to deal calmly with any discomfort in life — intellectual, emotional, economic, or psychological. Additionally, by humbly worshiping their bodies as temples, they pay gratitude to the universe for the ultimate gift of life itself. For the Bodist, physical health and other healths (psychological, spiritual) ultimately go hand in hand.
Exercism, Gymnism, Fitnism
Going to the gym is great for your body, but it’s also great for your mind.
— Rory McIlroy
The real secret to lifelong good health is…Let your body take care of you.
— Deepak Chopra
You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you.
— Phil McGraw
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