As young children, most of us are raised with an equitable focus on each of these; the mind, the body, and the soul. For example, we are taught the importance of an education and intellect, we are put through endless doctor appointments and fitness activities, and the teachings/power of faith and spirituality for our soul. Then, as young adults and forward, we begin to have the freedom of choice. We can CHOOSE what we want to spend our time/energy on. And more often than not, we choose to do what feels good to us, not what feels good for us. This may not necessarily mean that your choice was the wrong choice, but what it does mean is that the other areas do not get the attention needed to allow you to be at your highest self. For example, I may choose to spend all my time and energy in my mind; thinking about what I should have said, should have done, or comparing myself to others. If all my time is spent here, then my body and soul will begin to feel the suffering. In another case, if I choose to spend all of my energy on healing my body, then my mind and soul will feel out of place. Scenarios in which the mind, body, and soul are not in harmony is the suffering that leads to illnesses, diseases, and addictions.
There is no separation between the mind, the body, and the soul. We must put care into all of these in order to feel aligned. Think about how many times we find ourselves saying, in our minds, “I need to lose weight, I’m so fat, I used to be skinny, my hips aren’t big enough, my waist isn’t small enough.” All the while, not actually putting any attention or effort into what your body is actually telling you that it needs. You think about it and think about it, to the point that it consumes you, and then your body and soul suffers, or you become addicted to that which you are trying to heal from (food or other).
I may have gone too deep, but the message here is that if you find yourself in suffering, you may want to take a look within your mind, your body, & your soul to find which of these is lacking.
I’ve recently put a lot more focus onto my Body. I began feeling as though my body was out of alignment, not just physically. I was growing in my mind and thoughts, on a journey of healing in my soul, but my body wouldn’t keep up. So I made the CHOICE of going on my walks again, setting time apart to get a good workout in, and going to the chiropractor, as well as eastern medicine. Through this effort I found I am slowly, but surely leveling up to my highest self, in which my mind, my body, and my soul, are all working in harmony.