Stewardship of the body is a spiritual practice in which we listen to what our bodies are trying to say and then follow our body’s directions. Westerners are terrible at listening to our bodies, at least in part because of the abundance of cultural messages that encourage us to keep going even if it kills us. For far to many of us, that is exactly what happens. Are you tired? Then you should rest! Are you in physical pain? Then take a Tylenol or similar product and if that doesn’t resolve the issue call your doctor. Are you emotionally worn out? Rest and talk with a close friend or therapist. The truth is we will all die one day, but that doesn’t mean we need to rush the process by neglecting ourselves!