This is a very memorable passage from the book “The Zahir” written by Paulo Coelho that influenced me the most, and changed my perception of going to a temple/church/mosque, etc…
“On seeing the restoration work going on at a cathedral:
And suddenly, in the middle of the central nave, i realize something very important: the cathedral is me, it is all of us. We are all growing and changing shape, we notice certain weaknesses that need to be corrected, we don’t always choose the best solution, but we carry on regardless, trying to remain upright and decent, in order to do honour not to the walls or the doors or the windows, but to empty space inside, the space where we worship and venerate what is dearest and most important to us.”
In a metaphorical sense, if we realise that our body is the temple/mosque/cathedral, etc. which is ever-changing, ever being done the restoration work upon by the regeneration of cells and tissues, and all we have to do is preserve and venerate the inner sanctum of Space that is within us, then how beautiful Life would indeed become!
Respect the body like you would respect a place of worship…for it is one.
And worship thy Self.