From my vantage point, the idea that faith and meaning and all the other important things happen in your mind or your soul where no one can see them is one of the worst byproducts of modern Christianity. We are, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, physical beings. And physical isn't negative. If we didn't have bodies, we couldn't feel the sun on our faces, or smell the earthy, mushroom-y rich smell of the ground right after a rain. If we didn't have bodies, we couldn't wrap our arms around the people we love or taste a perfect tomato right at the height of summer. I'm so thankful to live in this physical, messy, blood-and-guts world. I don't want to live in a world that's all dry ideas and theorems.
-Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet