The Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit Connection
Many are seeking holistic and integrative approaches to health and wellness. We have all heard the words “mind”, “body”, “soul”, and “spirit”. We know they describe aspects of a human being, but do we really stop to think about what these words really mean and their profound impact on our lives? If there is a body, mind, soul and spirit connection, it must be true that anything directly affecting a person in one of these areas, must affect all other areas as well. For example, an event or disease affecting the body must also affect the mind, the soul and the spirit. An event or dis-ease that affects the mind must also affect the body, the soul and the spirit, etc. We are whole human beings and our component parts, while seeming unrelated, are intimately connected.
Let’s briefly define these four aspects of humans:
The body is the physical aspect of the human being. It consists of roughly 50 trillion cells which organize to form tissue, nerves, bones, and organs. The body expresses itself in the language of matter, atoms, particles, and molecules.
The mind is the mental/emotional aspect of the human being. The mind processes thoughts and ideas as well as feelings and emotions. The mind is consciousness, memory, and imagination.
The soul is a non-physical aspect of the human being. It is our personal and individuated expression of the divine or spirit. The soul is that part of us that longs to have meaning and seeks answers to the great questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? The soul is eternal and communicates in the language of creative expression such as music, art, and poetry.
The spirit is the vital force within all things. Spirit may be called God or Creator. It can also be called the Quantum field, the field, or the unmanifest. It is the indescribable organizing principle of the universe and its language is pure energy.
The body, mind, soul, and spirit are the components that, collectively, comprise and define our species. If we are sick or suffering, we must work holistically to completely heal. If we do not, we are missing the connection and in all likelihood will never reach our potential for wellness and vitality. If we do not consider the whole human being, we will most likely work to alleviate symptoms of a problem and never address the root cause.
If we are to be integrated, balanced, and healthy, we must find and deepen our connection to our bodies, our minds, our souls and our spirit. We must find ways to nurture ourselves in each aspect of our being.