What is the union of body mind and spirit? At first glance it seems to be a contradiction of terms. Integration is a noble pursuit, we aim for in order to be a vibrant well-balanced human being.
We spend a good part of our early life wondering whether to listen to the head or the heart. Do you follow your gut instinct or do you rely on logical thought? When I was younger, this was an eternal battle. Trying to decide which was right. Now I know the gut instinct is never wrong. One still needs to access things logically to afford ourselves integration of all the components of ourselves. A shift in our consciousness occurs we we reach beyond the comfort zone, transcending from earthly materialism to forces which exist outside our natural world. It is only fear that holds us back.
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No one can be sure of the nature of the mind. It is an ancient mystery which keeps us in awe. The search leads us to uncover more, so we may understand ourselves and humanity. A never ending search, we contemplate with thoughtful reflection.
The nature of the mind questions what is reality, illusion, existence. How do we know the answers to any of these? Unless we are telepathic, we can not possibly know what goes on in the internal introspective world of each individual. The nature of things continues to be a mystery.
The mind-matter distinction is not a new concept. It was brought to prominence by Descartes in the seventeenth century, although the concept has been found to exist in ancient Hindu writings. Plato, first to coin the phrase, was considered to be the first dualist. Aristotle had written on this subject as well. Much study has yet to be done on how mind and matter interact.
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