I share below some of my favorite spiritual embodiment quotes. Sprinkled between these quotes from poets, dancers, teachers and others are audio presentations and videos.

I hope that not only are you inspired by the spiritual quotations themselves but that this encourages you explore the journey I invite under the term “Spiritual Embodiment.”.

Presenter of the Embodied Podcast  Mark Walsh writing in his book Embodiment says

Embodiment is a birthright, a wild ride and gentle (and make no mistake ) revolutionary adventure in becoming.—Mark Walsh

I hope you will join us on this revolutionary adventure that is spiritual embodiment.

Spiritual Embodiment Quotes

spiritual embodiment quotes - rumi

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Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. – Rumi

When you take wisdom teachings literally, you are searching among the branches. When you take the teachings metaphorically, then you go to the roots.

spiritual embodiment quotes - mary oliver

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You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Mary Oliver – from Wild Geese.

spiritual embodiment quotes - martha graham

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Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

The body says what words cannot. – Martha Graham

When the body calls us back, we begin to find that we have a partner on the spiritual path that we didn’t know about—the body itself. In our meditation and in our surrounding lives, the body becomes a teacher —Reggie Ray.

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it. – Elizabeth A. Behnke

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense-Henry Miller..

Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead – Henry David Thoreau.

spiritual embodiment quotes - Thich Nhat Hanh

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Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

This spiritual embodiment quotation refers to the practice of walking meditation which this Buddhist teacher specializes in.

Walk the path to peace with expert guidance in a unique form of meditation

Take my hand.
We will walk. 
We will enjoy our walk 
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

—Thich Nhat Hanh

What if every step you took deepened your connection with all of life, heightening your perception of the infinite wonders of the present moment? With Walking Meditation: Easy Steps to Mindfulness, you will discover an instructional program for a serene spiritual practice that will help you walk with presence and peace of mind, whether in the stillness of nature or on a bustling sidewalk in the city.

Just as sitting meditation draws focused attention to the breath, walking meditation centers the practitioner in the aliveness of the present moment through movement. As taught by the esteemed Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and one of his principle students, Nguyen Anh-Huong, Walking Meditation illuminates the central tenets of this powerful art.

Now including online access to complementary audio and video guided meditations, this book features progressive instruction in basic mindfulness techniques such as conscious breathing and walking mindfully in nature, then proceeds to methods for meditative walking anywhere and anytime—even in busy public spaces. You will also learn:

  • How to recognize the miracle in simply walking—not as a means to an end, but as the opportunity to touch the fullness of life
  • Reversing “habit energy” through the union of body and mind
  • Using walking meditation to work with difficult emotions such as anger and anxiety
  • Learning to walk with apranihita—joyful and appreciative aimlessness

With Walking Meditation, practitioners from every spiritual tradition will find “our home in the here and now, as the long road we all must walk turns to quiet joy.”

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The Body is the Temple of your Soul.

Follow the body. Never in any way try and dominate the body. The body is your foundation. Once you have started understanding your body, ninety-nine percent of your miseries will simply disappear.

(Osho The Wisdom of the Sands Volume 2)

Thriving begins when we embody the skills that come with

being a Divine Expression of Creation in a human body.

Suffering ends when we give up the idea that there was

ever such a thing as being ‘merely mortal’.”

~ Jennifer Hough

The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body — Gabrielle Roth

The body is our house—and how we live in it and where we occupy it are uniquely ours, as well as being part of the common human experience. The body is a treasure trove and an exquisite vehicle for our practice of waking up and being with what is. —Jill Satterfield

The Spiritual Life is about becoming more at home in your own skin – Parker J Palmer

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The best gift you are ever going to give someone: the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough.” ~ Hannah Brencher

The Poetry of Embodiment

The Peace of Wild Things”
Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Vacillation IV shares you an experience of spiritual awakening that clearly comes through the body. As a result you can declare. “I am blessed and can bless.”

from Vacillation – IV

W.B. Yeats

My fiftieth year had come and gone,

I sat, a solitary man,

In a crowded London shop,

An open book and empty cup

On the marble table-top.

While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;

And twenty minutes more or less

It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessèd and could bless.

In this conversation, we talk about embodiment as a line between suffering and wellbeing. We explore many topics including ensoulment, the importance of creative process for its own sake, about parenting during this time of climate crisis, and so much more. And of course, we asked Brooke to read poetry from both of her books. It’s stunning!

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Our bodies are brilliant that way. They act like compasses, letting us know when we’re headed in the right direction – and when we’re not.- Lisa Rankin M.D.

Most self-improvement programs train people to identify and solve problems by grappling with them endlessly, often to no avail. Executive coach Steve Sisgold, however, knows that the body–not the mind–is the most reliable and effective pathway to realizing your innermost desires and achieving success.

His unique, body-centric approach will show you how to get out of your head and take charge of every area of your life with increased awareness, clarity, and confidence.

Whole Body Intelligence teaches you how to become aware of subtle body sensations–such as gripping the phone or clenching your jaw during a tense conversation–and how to interpret their meanings, linking them to negative thoughts and behaviors that are impeding your success and happiness.

You will recognize the patterns and imprints that have shaped your experiences and decisions for your entire life and learn how to change these thoughts and behaviors before they become self-sabotaging.

No more overthinking! Decisions will become easier to make and you will stay engaged, resilient, and relaxed in any situation.

With an easy-to-follow 30-day plan, body centric stress management tools, and inspiring stories of people who have changed their lives using this system, Whole Body Intelligence empowers you to channel the power of your body to achieve your wildest dreams.


Listening for Learning Embodied Spirituality.

In this episode we discuss:

Christine Caldwell’s new book, Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, & Waking Up in This Life

Bodyfulness happens when you look at embodiment as physical, psychological, and contemplative

8 principles of Bodyfulness and the 4 aspects in the practice of Bodyfulness

Difference between the stories that the body would tell and the verbal narrative we have laid on top of it

Bodyfulness is activism at its most basic level and how it can shift forms of activism

Obstacles to Bodyfulness include the oppression of the body by many societies, making our bodies and other bodies “wrong”, and Bodylessness, in which the body is seen as a project

An enlightened body and body wakefulness – being “awake” is a bodily experience not just in the mind

Notes from this Episode from Body Awake

What a joy to get to chat with Brooke Thomas, whose podcast the Liberated Body* may be familiar to some listeners here. Brooke and I talk about the subject/object paradox of both having and being a body, using felt sense as a navigation to begin and end projects, and a whole host of other topics we might camp under something like “embodied spirituality.”

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