I have a body but I am not my body. I have a mind but I am not my mind. I have thoughts but those thoughts are not me. I choose which thoughts I want to make manifest in the world.
This realization came to me when I left my body in 1997. At age twenty five, I had a life-changing experience (similar to a near-death experience) that transformed the way I look at and experience the world. I will write and share about that at another time but suffice it to say, the experience transformed the way I view my body, mind, and spirit.
Whether you've had a profound, life-altering experience or not, you already know what works for you. You've experienced, experimented, and explored growing up, all the while discovering what works for you as much as what doesn't. Living life brings us the self-realization we seek.
If we are not careful though, we can fall into the trap of buying what society is selling – that we need to be changed, fixed, and improved. The idea that our body needs a certain product to stay young, or a new diet to stay healthy, or a new job to fill the void that we fill inside at times. The cycle perpetuates itself and society benefits from promoting the idea that others know what's best for ourselves. Businesses and brands literally benefit from us buying into this paradigm.
However, there is nothing more powerful and effective than your innate wisdom – your inner knowing of what works for you. No cosmetic line, brand of clothes, fitness app, or eating regime can compete with that.
In this three-part blog series, I share some self-discovered nuggets of wisdom gained after decades of seeking, searching, and training with different lifestyle choices, eating regimes, diets, modalities and healing therapies. This is what my wisdom wants me to remember as I seek to be in right relationship with my body, mind and spirit.
Regardless of where you are on your life journey, you know what works for you. The question is, are you listening? Are you following those quiet whispers that guide you to try new things? Are you doing the things that already work for you? Are you stopping the things that don't work anymore?
What works for you? Write it down and extract the wisdom below the surface. You have all the answers you're seeking.
Here's my growing list to help you get started...
Relationship with Body: What Works For Me?
Phew. That's a list! And, it's likely not even close to what works for me. You see, so much works, and it changes over time. We just need to orient our focus inside and out to that mindset.
What works for you? Your wisdom knows. Please share in the comments below and keep your eyes out for the second part of this series on relationship with mind.
Editor's note: This blog was originally published in April 2018. It has been revised, updated, and expanded.