We strengthen the body to still the mind -- and we still the mind so as to free the spirit. The power of this intention is often lost in the pseudo-spiritual gesturing that has regrettably become the hallmark of ‘New Age' teaching. What it really boils down to is be the best you can be with the resources that you have available to you because what you have available to you heralds its own sort of perfection.
The body is the only house that we ever truly own, and, even then, it is something of a rental. It is vitally important that we care for this house in the same manner that we attend to the not-so-necessary "necessary objects" of our daily lives. Rather than let the body sit around and get flabby, or fill it with poisons, or drive it mercilessly away from rest, take the time to invest in this fragile vessel that provides us with a tangible vehicle to do the work of mind, soul and spirit.
Investing in ourselves means investing in a lifestyle, and developing a personal culture that thrives on holistic health and wellness. That investment will look different for each of us, and the degree of diversification in that investment will depend on the resources, in this case physical resources, that we can muster.
Some of us may lift weights, while others jog or row. Some practice Yoga, Tai Chi or the martial arts. We may swim, walk or climb mountains. The point is that we do something, and we do a something with which we connect on a very primal level.
Attention to the physical component of the "body-mind-soul-spirit" continuum is essential for wholistic human development and the realization of our potential. It is through this that we build a bridge from our exterior world of experience into our interior life and landscape.
Each of us has a complex of dormant archetypes or templates that have the potential, when activated, to inform who we are and how we operate in the world. It is in choosing this path of personal culture that we can activate the Warrior archetype. Without activating the Warrior through a physical practice of some sort, we will not develop the internal temerity to get things done. Just as the Alchemist is our creative and transformational template, the Lover our template for social interaction and the King/Queen the template for our divine nature, the Warrior is our doer. So, go do something.
Once we have satisfied the demands of the body principle, our task becomes a matter of ‘taming the wild horses of the mind', which we will consider next...
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