What is the mind-body-spirit connection?
The mind-body-spirit connection is a wondrous thing. Understanding, supporting, and tapping into its power are three pillars of holistic healing and manifesting your true desires. Together, these three always-entwined aspects of oneself - the physical, mental, and spiritual - combine to make us who we wholly are. They inspire and inform our experiences.
For thousands of years, indigenous peoples have understood the unity of mind. body, and soul within each individual as well as the individual being a connected part of 'all that is'. You could no more separate sentient being from the whole of creation any more than you could separate mind from body or spirit. It has been part of their belief and heating systems for thousands of years. To strengthen and reinforce this understanding, they took part in elaborate rituals to make the mind work to heal the body.
But there is more to it.
Ancient peoples also understood that a healthy mind helps create a healthy body and a healthy body is important if you want a healthy mind.
Even when it appears that only the body needs healing, the cause may trace back to the mind or spirit. When that is the case, healing the mind can bring healing to the body. These understandings have also shaped modern-day mind-body medicine as well. For example, medical researchers know that mental stress is a contributing cause behind the majority of diseases.
Examples of the Mind Body Spirit Connection
Next time you feel stressed, notice the physical and emotional symptoms. You may have sweaty hands, narrowed vision, and a faster heartbeat. Your mind may be racing, feeling panicked, or angry. Your prayers, if you can pray, maybe furtive and self-focused. Meditation? Forget about it. However, when you feel peaceful and expansive in your mind, your body is relaxed, you can breathe. You may feel connected to your intuition, to 'all that is' and the divine. You may feel inspired to offer gratitude, praise, sing, and dance.
Here are a few more examples:
Consider when you hurt a part of your body or get sick. Your whole being is affected. The pain in a stubbed toe radiates through your entire body. It is difficult to think of anything else.
Consider what happens when you hear really good news. You feel excited, your body feels supercharged with energy.
In the 1600s, the philosopher Descartes popularized the notion of mind-body dualism. This means that the mind and body are separate entities. This influenced religious theology as well as medicine. Our conventional allopathic medical model is one of treating parts instead of the whole person.
Despite this erroneous teaching, people seem to have an innate knowledge of their mind body spirit connection.
You have probably heard or used expressions like these: "He has a broken spirit" or "I knew it in my gut" or "I feel it in my soul." If your hair ever stood on end when you felt afraid or excited or felt love in your heart, you have experienced the mind-body connection.
Before they learn to mask their feelings, children demonstrate how the body and mind integrate into perfect synergy. Shrieking screams, tears, red face and flailing arms and legs clearly express their feelings of anger and isolation. Sparkling eyes, full rosy cheeks, cackling laughter, and clapping hands express their delight.