Our material body, or shell, is an imaginary solid corpse, a vehicle for this plane, guided by the Soul. We wouldn’t be seen, or have an ID without it, here, on this plane - so it is necessary in this stage of unfoldment. However, let us not “become” the illusion. Yes, this body is the only one we have right now and we must take care of it gently and lovingly. It’s our temporary home, house, of our Soul. Therefore, we must aspire to make it livable; keep it clean and healthy, so the Soul can expand and thrive.
The question begs an answer: Why do we at times abuse the body? By abusing our bodies, our mind cringes and stiffens. The Soul part of us (our spiritual self) wants to become free. It wants to return to its true home, the realm of Universal Consciousness, where it can regroup and reincarnate to another experience.
The unenlightened mind is deceived by likes and dislikes and shaped by past habits and old ways of looking at things. It seeks fulfillment and ecstasy in superficial endeavors. It looks in all the wrong places. It seems, that having more is never enough.
The enlightened mind, however, is searching for the truth and looks at it with indifference. It knows the truth is constant and unchangeable. The ‘understander’ will nourish the Soul, including his physical body, and enjoy life to its fullest, always appreciating what he has at the time. Striving for more understanding, rather than material riches or idle entertainment is the goal of a true searcher. Being wealthy is not bad - it is very, very good as long as you do not mistake it for “important” and “necessary” and know that you would be just as happy without it. This knowledge is true wealth.
So, let us enjoy this shifting and ever-changing experience of life. Let us appreciate our being to its fullest and let us flow easily with the current of life, wherever it might lead us, because we know that all is good.