Body, mind and spirit should be understood for one to achieve health.
This phrase, Body- Mind- Spirit, has been resounded in the media profoundly for several decades. Many people understand that concept to mean embracing metaphysical or new age practices such as dream therapy, clairvoyance, and astrology. Let’s consider it as being at the core of health.
This refers to the physical body of flesh and blood. It is comprised of trillions of cells organized into incredible systems. When out of balance, it will manifest symptoms. Imbalances can be as a result of nutritional deficits or excesses, toxic exposures and overload , injuries, lowered immune function, poor digestion, lack of optimal movement or exercise, congestion or stagnation, and other lifestyle factors. The physical body can also manifest symptoms stemming from the next two dimensions since we do not merely function in the physical one.
What we think about, dwell upon and internalize has major health impacts. We know that negative self-talk lowers immune defenses. Much has been brought to light in understanding both mental and emotional health. Limiting beliefs (what you keep telling yourself) and emotional traumas equate to stress with their resultant physical manifestations.
On the mind, I like this quote by Albert Einstein:
The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books—-a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”
I vividly recall at age four swinging on the neighbor’s swing and looking at their rusted metal barrel used to incinerate paper trash. I followed the smoke rising up, up, up and became fixated on the fluffy white clouds in the azure blue sky. My thought was this sky must go on forever. After a few minutes, I looked down at the ground and noticed a bunch of ants all in a row, busily trekking to somewhere. At this precise moment in time, I perceived a glimpse of the enormity of the universe, and how we must be like those tiny ants underfoot. I also reflected upon the order and beauty surrounding me–trees, birds, insects, flowers, grass, and sky. I instantly knew this order and beauty had to have a maker– one who designed it all. I looked up and said, “I want to know you. Teach me.” That brings us to spirit.
Our spiritual side is readily seen in how we perceive our world and our responses or actions in harmony with this. We have heard people described as having a gentle spirit or that person is contentious. Whether you consider these as personality traits or how one thinks, we go about life with what we have cultivated in our minds and hearts. The human spirit is the you that shows up to achieve, accomplish, be happy and victorious in this life or bitter, hateful and contentious. Our spirit can join harmoniously with God’s spirit if we fill ourselves with His thoughts and ways–in other words, humble ourselves and be taught by Him. (1 Pet. 5:6,7) This dimension needs nourishment as much if not more than the physical body. Jesus said:
Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
As a wellness coach, I have seen the negative drain on one’s health from physical neglect, mental and emotional stress as well as spiritual scarcity. We are not functioning on the physical level only. Within a true holistic approach, there are numerous helps to address these conditions honoring the body’s marvelous design and our Creator. To have inner strength, vitality, and the ability to navigate balanced in a world rampant with upheaval, nourish body, mind and spirit optimally.