The modern empowerment culture tells you to love your body. But nobody explains why, beyond the functional purpose of raising our society’s perennially low self-esteem. On the other hand, many traditional spiritual teachings carry the implicit connotation that the body is a burden, that whatever you experience through the body is unenlightened and ephemeral. The truth goes much beyond either. The truth is that your body is your portal of connection between consciousness and matter.…