Over 2,400 years ago, the great philosopher Plato Aristocles wrote, “No attempt should be made to cure the body without curing the soul.” When I speak of spirit, I speak of life energy and its relation to your soul.
Of all the life essentials, spirit is the most abstract because it differs from person to person in beliefs. I will address both the tangible and intangible aspects of this essential part of your life.
Even though the concept of spirituality is intangible, science is able to prove that it can have a very tangible and measurable benefit to your health. Researchers have found that people who meditate, pray or practice some sort of religious or spiritual connection tend to live happier and healthier lives.
Please know that I am not here to tell you what you should believe. That is not my purpose. Your reality is for you to determine. My goal is to give you all the tools you need to master vitality and recover your health so that you can live in optimum health in every aspect of your life, including your soul. So let’s take a look at the connection between the powers of spirituality and its impact on the wholeness of human wellness.
We are all spiritual beings. Our bodies grow, function, maintain, and repair themselves without us even having to think about it. Babies are born, thunderstorms strike and flowers bloom. Who’s running the show? Whether you are religious, spiritual, or neither, I think we can all agree (even Albert Einstein) that there are miracles in life that just cannot be explained. Our existence is one of them. And even though we apparently cannot bring ourselves into existence, we can certainly create a life of vitality that is deeply fulfilling and highly meaningful by simply understanding the connection we have with life energy, also known as spirit.
Everything in our bodies works together like a sophisticated symphony, from complex systems and organs to tiny cells and particles. The conductor is our brain, firing electrifying messages to keep our bodies alive and well. When everything in your body is working as intended, you are physically healthy. When your mind is in harmony with your outside world, you are mentally healthy. When you have a connection between your body, mind and soul as well as the life source that created our universe, then you my friend, are spiritually healthy.
The question of life source is never more obvious than in the moment this spirit leaves the body. As a Hospitalist myself, I see people at some of the worst moments in their lives such as when they have lost a limb, been diagnosed with life-threatening disease or just lost someone they truly loved. It is times like these that people connect even deeper with the spirit in which they believe.
We are all a part of the same universe. Just as your body is interconnected within you, you are interconnected with your outside world and those around you. We travel this journey called “life” together – each of us in our own way, our own time and with our own perspectives. It is natural for us to desire connection with each other as well as a higher power. Some of the best ways I have found to do that is with regular practice of faith and meditation, prayer or even yoga. There is a blurred line between the definition of meditation and prayer, depending on what your ultimate beliefs are about connection with spirit. Crossover between the two exists, and people have different approaches to both.