- Veronika Tracy Smith, PhD, PCC, NBC-HWC
The Mind Body Spirit Connection
Learn about the connection between your Mind Body and Soul to create sustainable balance for Health and Wellness in all areas of your life.
Well-being, as a whole, encompasses the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our lives. Nurturing the mind body spirit can result in a better state of mind, more contentment, a feeling of well-being and, ultimately, a better outlook on life. In order to do this, a we may need to undertake different activities that are meant to nurture a single aspect of our selves and then begin to integrate these three, seemingly opposite parts. Listed in this article are some of the things that you can do to nurture yourself mind, body and spirit.
A person’s mental health and wellness can be nurtured through meditation or through any activity that clears the person’s mind of any negative thoughts and inhibitions.
A good example would be visualization. Visualization is a good exercise that can be performed at home without the need of any materials. Visualization can be done by imagining a a hot air balloon that is on the ground. You take all of your stresses, worries and problems inside the balloon. Now, imagine that you can cut the ropes that keep the balloon on the ground. See the balloon begin to float up into the sky and see it become smaller and smaller until it disappears. In this moment, you have let go and been relieved of your stressors and problems leading you to a better mental mindset.
Changing our mindset or our thinking can have a huge impact on how we feel both mentally and emotionally. Take some time to listen to your self talk as this will give you clues to where you can change this language and attitude towards yourself. If this change is difficult to make I would suggest working with a coach or even a therapist. There is so much to be gained in having another person hold the space for you as you do personal and even professional exploration. Of course there have been many books written on psychology and how our thoughts lead to feelings and reactions and I am just skimming the surface here.
A question to ask your self is… “what would bring me more calm and contentment in my life and what can I do to create this?”
Nurturing one’s mind body spirit would not be complete without the care of one’s body. To do this, you need a break on a regular basis and that means taking time to relax and let go of the problems of life. A visit to a spa or a relaxing resort would be nice and yet most people don’t have the time and money to do this consistently. Aside from this, nurturing your body also involves eating the right kind of food and daily exercise. There is so much about this in our world it is almost information overload. Despite this fact I see so many people who do not take time to care for their bodies.
A great question to ask your self is… “how would I really like to feel, now, in 10, 20 and 30 plus years?”
If not now then when will you see that you cannot just drive your body without consequences. I know this from personal experience as I ended up with Chronic Fatigue.
Another aspect of our well-being is the spirit or soul. Nurturing one’s spirit is a good way to improve spirituality and achieve a deeper sense of well being. This has nothing to do with religion, although you may connect through your religion. Connecting to your spirit will help you live your values more completely and feel better about the choices you make. When we deny this part of ourselves we just don’t feel right. We may self-sabotage because we are not living within our own integrity.
Something that has been so important in my own life is learning more about Spiritual Intelligence. I work to live up to the definition of Spiritual Intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth. She defines it this way… “Spiritual Intelligence is the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace (equanimity) regardless of the situation.” I know that sound like a lot to live up to and it is. That is why it is so important to know yourself from a deeper place and give time to your spirit so you can live the life you came here to live. If you are interested in taking a deeper dive I coach people on spiritual intelligence and life coaching. There are more leaders who are incorporating this deeper dive into there personal and professional lives. John Mackey the CEO of Whole Foods is a good example of bringing this deeper work into their leadership program and has done much work for Conscious Capitalism.
A great question here is… “who have I come here to be?”
The Mind Body Spirit or Soul Connection
The connection of the mind body and spirit can be best understood not so much by isolating each part of us but instead by finding the interrelatedness of each of these. It is in our internal process of being mindful of how these parts show up in our daily lives that we begin to understand our own depth.
One incredible way to explore this connection is through mindfulness. Taking the time to be in the present moment. To fully embrace what you are feeling, thinking, experiencing around you. Try using the 5 senses more completely in the moment. By committing some time each day to attend to your experience through these 5 senses and then expanding into your 6th sense or intuition you will be guiding your whole being, mind, body and spirit, through the integration process.
About the Author
Veronika has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Board Certified Personal, Executive and Leadership Coach. She has been a psychotherapists in private practice for over 28 years as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is certified as a Spiritual Intelligence Coach and Trainer through Deep Change. Veronika has done coaching and presentations in business, law enforcement, spiritual communities, Employee Assistance Programs, and with non-profit, county and state agencies since 1994. Read More About Veronika.
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