The phrase “Body, Mind, and Soul” describes an interconnected (interdependent and symbiotic) system between the individual and the multiple realms, and dimensions of life. Each dimension (component) affects the other. There are actions in which the individual could take to increase the health (wellness) of each component, as well as the entirety of the system.
The “Body, Mind, and Soul” model extends accordingly, on an individual level, an organizational level, and / or on a societal level. This model could be used on all forms of structure, whatever they may be. It too can be used on the most abstract form of connected nodes and fluid non-structures.
Applying this model on an individual level is the most impactful, and in turn, affects every other dimension of reality and life.
Serving as a foundation for the entire “Body, Mind, and Soul” system, the body is represented as the physical form of life. The body is what we see, what we can touch, and what we feel with. The body exists in, and represents, the physical realm and plane. The physical plane is the realm of material objects, such as trees, mountains, the sky, water, plants, buildings, and the earth. The physical plane is where manifestations occur (manifestations are the actualizing of abstractions, such as ideas). As an example, the idea of building something is actualized in the physical realm when it is built. (First the idea is created in the mind, next the idea could be expressed or communicated, and finally the creation is built – actualized in reality, the physical domain.)
What one does with the body affects the mind, and the mind, in turn affects the spirit (or soul). The movement that occurs is called energy, and energy is the only thing capable of moving between these realms. The movement is multi-directional and fluid which means that what one does with each of these dimensions affect each of the other dimensions.
The physical realm (body) is, out of the three dimensions, the most easily controlled, measured, and observed. As an example, we can see what we eat, and know when we exercise, and we could quantify our exercise movements. Quantifying such actions is a simple task, such as writing down how many exercises one does, or keeping track of what one eats, or keeping in mind the number of glasses of water one has throughout the day. Quantifying could be used as a tool to better understand actions, though quantification is optional.
There is a natural form of quantifying that is called sensing. One could decide how actions best affect the system through natural means (sensing) such as feeling, observing, tasting, smelling, listening, and seeing. Sensing naturally the effects of actions on a system is something similar to the concept of intuition.
Being kind to the body increases the health of the body and also the brain, and the brain is the physical representation of the mind. Good health of the body and mind will in turn affect the spirit (soul) with good health. This energy ripples beyond ourselves exponentially.
Pathways to treating the body well:
- Eating and drinking healthy.
- Adequate and refreshing sleep.
Eating and Drinking
There are certain principles of nutrition that have been agreed upon as to their benefit to one’s body. These principles include the concept of hydration and keeping a balanced diet.
Hydration is the practice of maintaining adequate levels of fluids in the body. Keeping hydrated will help to lubricate every process within the body, maintaining and increasing the effectiveness of their functions.
A balanced diet is achieved through eating and drinking a variety of sources. Doing this ensures that the body receives adequate and complete nutrition needed to function.
Dietary needs vary for each individual, however there are some foods and drinks that carry with them extraordinary health benefits. It is worthwhile to consider including these foods and drinks in one’s diet.
Fermented foods and drinks:
One might find it beneficial to be mindful of serving sizes, eating with purpose, and consciously enjoying the food being consumed.
When available, homegrown, local, natural, and organicly grown food and drink are preferred.
A continuous seven to ten hours of sleep on a nightly basis is beneficial for the individual. This allows muscle growth as well as recovery and repair of one’s mind and body.
Phases of sleep: There are two main phases of sleep: Non-REM and REM. Non-REM consists of three stages of sleep in which each stage is deeper than the last. REM sleep is “rapid eye movement” and this is when the sleeper is dreaming. Cycling through these stages of sleep naturally is beneficial for one’s health.
Circadian rhythm: The circadian rhythm is a consistent cycle in which your body goes to sleep and wakes naturally. Having a natural circadian sleep cycle is most beneficial for one’s health.
When possible, thirty minutes or more of exercise, every day, will greatly contribute to one’s health.
One purpose of exercise is to improve the functioning of the body. Exercise increases circulation which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the proper places throughout the body, among many other health promoting effects.
Warming up and cooling down is a concept in which one begins and ends an exercise session with low intensity exercises. This slowly adjusts the body to an increased or decreased intensity of exercise. Walking, jogging, and stretching are considered warm up and cool down activities.
There are many types of exercise to partake in, and it is up to the individual to decide which exercise best suits their comfort level.
To allow the body proper recovery from exercise, one to two days of resting the muscle group(s) that were used is recommended.
The body’s processes are highly intelligent, and learning to trust your body is part of it’s wellbeing.
Besides exercise, there are many activities that increase one’s health and well-being, which include therapeutic activities. These activities are nature-oriented, and among them are:
- Mineral bath
- Soaking in water
- Deep breathing
- Being in nature
Feed the mind as you would the body: with stimuli and substance that is beneficial to it’s health.
The capacity of the mind is vast and ever expanding.
The mind is naturally adaptive, flexible, self-calibrating, self-balancing and centering, impressionable, sensitive and intelligent, and with the concept of plasticity, one learns that the mind recovers, heals, and rebounds with natural elasticity.
Learning is a beneficial activity for one’s mind. Through learning one seeks the attainment of knowledge. Activities such as reading, mentorship, self-study, practice, and completing classes through educational establishments help to expand one’s horizons and opportunities.
“Will power” is the art of controlling where one expends their energies. “Will power” is a renewable resource. There is a limited amount of “will power” that is accessible until one has to replenish it’s supply. “Will power” is strengthened through intentional practice and exercise. To replenish one’s will power one must sleep or eat.
“Attention allocation” is the practice of choosing where one directs their attention. By allocating one’s attention, one creates experiences.
Experience defines reality. Through experience one gains knowledge. The knowledge gained from experience becomes an individual’s truth.
Imagination and visualization are both the practice of forming a visual representation of reality or non-reality in one’s mind. Imagination and visualization are considered processes in the act of creating.
There are many ways to use the mind and the most beneficial use will increase the health and well-being of one’s Body, Mind, and Soul. Through sensing one learns what the most beneficial activities of the mind are.
The Soul and Spiritual Health
Attaining spiritual health is accomplished through the practice of tuning your being to the spiritual realm. There are many paths one could take on their spiritual journey, and there is truth to be found on every path.
The teachings of Christ, among many other holy people, embrace the principles of loving one another and the golden rule. Every individual deserves dignity, respect, and human rights.
Consciousness is when an individual is completely aware of the spiritual world and it’s vastness. Being spiritually conscious opens up new worlds within and without one’s self. Every being is capable of achieving spiritual consciousness. There are multiple levels of spiritual consciousness, and the more active an individual is in exploring this consciousness, the more conscious they become.
In being compassionate, one sees the alikeness and similarities that all individuals on this earth share.
Every human emits spiritual energies from their being. These auras of energy have been conceptualized as energy centers within the body. Through prayer, meditation, and visualization, one cultivates these spiritual energies and learns how to interact with them.
The act of creating, in the infinite varieties of creation there are, is one’s wellspring of eternal life. This is because one gives of their self to their creation, which carries with it the creator through the life of the creation, and beyond, in a continually renewing cycle.
This explains why God is within, and throughout every living being. This has always been and always will be since the beginning of time.