Mind With Matter

Mind With Matter
by Starcat

Many of us who are focused on our spirituality live more in our minds than in our bodies. Naturally, we are intrigued by new philosophies, ancient wisdom, and tools to create what we want to manifest. We understand that “thoughts become things,” and work to employ our “mind over matter.”

Yet we have come here to the physical plane for a reason (or perhaps many reasons). We chose to explore physical matter during this lifetime. By ignoring or downplaying the needs and pleasures of our bodies, we push aside a rich aspect of our lives.

Some religions view the body as “profane,” with the soul or spirit considered the only “sacred” part of us. Yet our bodies are part of the amazing creation that is the universe. When we allow for the possibility that all parts of us are holy, we are able to be more whole. When we share our spiritual love and joy with our physical selves, our health and enjoyment of life improve.

Here are some ideas for experiencing the delights of the physical body and encouraging yourself to integrate mind, body, and spirit:

  • Prepare your favorite meal. Savor it slowly, without guilt. Include a delicious dessert and feel the nourishment you receive for the flavors, textures, and smells of the food.
  • Exercise your body in a way that feels like play rather than work. Go for a swim in the river, enjoy some gentle yoga stretches, take a walk around your neighborhood, or play a game of tag with some kids.
  • Take a long bath or shower, letting your worries and physical tensions flow away. Relax fully into the warmth of the water.
  • Pleasure yourself sensually, whether alone or with a partner. Enjoy the delights of your body and admire your physical beauty. If you don’t feel beautiful, act as if you do. Let your imagination help you feel romantic and worthy of love.
  • Get or give a massage.
  • Ride on a rollercoaster or other amusement park ride. Let go of control and let your body be flung through the air. Delight in the thrill of the moment.
  • As you go about your daily tasks, notice how your body supports the work you do. Even if you are sitting at a desk, feel your back against the chair, your feet touching the floor, and your fingers moving confidently on the keyboard.