Body, Mind & SoulPosted on: August 8, 2018, by : David
What if it truly doesn’t matter what you do but how you do whatever you do? What if your contribution to the world and the fulfilment of your own happiness is not dependent upon discovering a better method of prayer, not dependent upon reading the right book or attending the right seminar, but upon really seeing and deeply appreciating yourself and the world as they are right now? What if there is no need to change, no need to try to transform yourself into someone who is more compassionate, more loving or wise? What if the task is simply to unfold, to become who you already are in your essential nature – gentle, compassionate, and capable of living fully and passionately present? What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am? What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognising and receiving the people and places and practices that offer us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold? What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world will arise form deep within and guide you every time you simply pay attention and wait? How would this shape your stillness, your movement, your willingness to follow this impulse, to just let go and dance?
Most of, deep down, don’t need to be convinced that there’s a connection between our body, mind and soul. We have sensed and/or experienced that connection often enough: when stress or anxiety exhibits as physical illness, when a restlessness of the soul or dissatisfaction with life is expressed as negative self-talk (it’s all my fault!), or when unanticipated outcomes are internalised as evidence of incompetence (I can’t do anything right!). The interplay between body, mind and spirit is evident and powerful. So why don’t we attend to it more intentionally?
The opening paragraph is an excerpt from The Dance by Oriah (Harper, 2001) in which the author invites us to explore how paying attention to the interplay between mind, body and spirit can enrich our lives and empower our relationship with the world. The significance of this connection ought not be unfamiliar to us. For it was Jesus, when asked which commandment is the greatest, who said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” [Matt 22:37] The mind/body/soul connection is actually a core tenet of our faith! And to take it seriously, to explore it intentionally, holds the promise of deep peace, pure joy and great impact.
I hope you will be able to join us as we explore this connection over two Wednesday evenings in August. On Wednesday 8th August we will watch an excellent movie, The Connection, which researches the science and tells stories of how the connection between body, mind and spirit has changed the lives of people. And on Wednesday 22nd August we will hear from some who have discovered the benefits of this connection, and learn some practical ways to apply the wisdom in our own lives. Flyers are available with more details – why not invite your friends? It’s an important and growing area of awareness. I look forward to sharing these Wednesday evenings with you.