I’m Not Merely Using My Body As a Vessel
When I began to seek spiritual growth, it didn’t take long for me to see that my body was a vessel for my spirit. My physical form wasn’t “me” as much as it was a vehicle for my non-physical essence to experience human life. I understood myself to be a spiritual being having a physical experience.
I haven’t disavowed those ideas, I’ve simply fleshed them out. Pun intended. I now understand that it’s just as accurate to call myself a physical being having a spiritual experience.
Body and Mind/Mind and Body
We are our bodies. Our bodies feel things. Gently rub your palms together right now in a soothing manner. You are feeling a pleasant sensation as a result, correct? Your body is where feelings happen.
We are our minds. Our minds experience things. Close your eyes and envision something that makes you incredibly happy. You are experiencing a pleasant sensation as a result, correct? Your mind is where experiences happen.
Body and Mind Are Like the Chocolate and Peanut Butter in a Reese’s Cup
Our bodies and minds work in concert to produce our self. The more in synch your body and mind are, the more fulfilling your life is. Conversely, the more out of synch your body and mind are, the less fulfilling your life is.
See For Yourself
Try this right now: gently rub your palms together in a soothing manner, as before, while also closing your eyes and envisioning something that makes you incredibly happy. Your body is feeling a pleasing sensation and your mind having a pleasing experience. Your body and mind are in sync.
Now change it up: pinch your earlobe as hard as you can, while also closing your eyes and envisioning something that makes you incredibly happy. What happened this time? Your body is feeling a painful sensation but your mind is having a pleasing experience. Your body and mind are not in sync.
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