Working on the Whole Self

When we recognize the talents and the stronger attributes we’ve acquired, often times, we tend to direct more attention to these areas in our lives and allow other areas to be neglected. Too often we overcompensate in what we’re good at, thinking it will make up for the time we don’t give to other areas in which we are lacking. But in order to create a balance in our lives where we continuously grow in every way, we must work on each area of our lives to include the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. 

Taking the time to work on our bodies is absolutely necessary, especially as we get older. There are those who love to work out and love the results of working out even more. Some put a lot of time into working out, even up to seven days a week. Such hard work would deem that one has mastered the task of taking care of their physical being. Another important aspect of working on our physical being is watching what we eat, what we take in.  Although we are to enjoy the food we eat, we must also learn to respect our physical being with what we consume on a consistent basis. A way to master the ability of being mindful of what we eat, is to understand the difference between living to eat and eating to live. It is much more beneficial when we simply eat to live and only enjoy some of the less healthy consumptions from time to time. But once we actually master the ability to take care of ourselves physically, no matter how much we love to work out, groom ourselves, and look good, we must also give time to other areas of our lives, such as our mental being.

The position of our mental being has a tremendous effect on our daily existence, every single day, and on how we manage our day. The mind being one of the most important functions of the human being, is often times one function that is taken for granted the most. Often times, we give our thinking power to others and we discount our own in order to conform. We spend more time satisfying what others think, rather than respecting and grooming our own thoughts. In order to take care of our mental being, we must make it a habit to fill our minds with productive forces. We must read, read, read, not a bunch of junk, but information that enlightens, encourages, and expands the mind. We must practice critical thinking in the decisions we make everyday, think things through, especially identifying the long-term effects each decision will have on our lives and the lives around us. Many have succumbed to the habit of making feel-of-the-moment decisions in life, yet find themselves perplexed about their current situation and circumstances.  Until we consistently feed our minds with information filled with substance, our mental capacity will continue to reap the consequences of not doing so.

Even as we try to stay on top of continuously nurturing our physical and mental being, another important area of our lives is spiritual nutrition. It is much more likely that the spiritual aspect of our lives will flourish when we have a genuine concern for our physical and mental state of being. Having any level of spirituality requires quite a bit of thinking and understanding about our own personal lives. It also requires us to be acceptable of who we are which will at some point refer to our physical being and what we think of ourselves. Our spirituality will most importantly involve our relationship with God, a superior and supreme being who expects nothing but our best. When we include this belief in our daily spiritual life, we will automatically desire to examine ourselves in every aspect of our being. A spiritual life requires reading about and learning what is expected of us to maintain and also strengthen our relationship with God. In doing so, He will equip us with the desire to respect ourselves physically, mentally, and indeed spiritually.

Working on the whole self is imperative if we are to see any real and lasting growth in our lives. Continue to strengthen the areas in life that bring joy, success, and financial rewards, but also find a balance where other important areas in life are also being nurtured. True success is when we learn to have a productive balance between each area, the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.



Tawana R. Powell

(Author of Life Fulfilled, The Ultimate Goal)

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