Tag: body mind and spirit

Revealing the Human Spirit

My focus has been on the triune human being—body, mind and spirit. Today I would like to change focus and settle in on the intricacies of the human spirit.

We’ve heard in the past saying such as, “my spirits have been dashed,” and “my spirit is heavy.” We’ve heard alcohol being called spirits. We call someone who is animated and joyous, spirited. But what exactly is spirit?

The dictionary defines spirit as all of the above, plus as a noun meaning: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul: we seek a harmony between body and spirit.

  • such a part regarded as a person’s true self and as capable of surviving physical death or separation: a year after he left, his spirit is still present.
  • such a part manifested as an apparition after their death; a ghost.
  • a supernatural being: shrines to nature spirits.

So, most people believe we are a body that has a spirit. You don’t have to be spiritual to see that if you are breathing, you have spirit. If you are dead, you have lost the ability to breath and have no spirit dwelling within or animating you. If this were true, then is spirit made of matter? Can we actually see it? Or is it completely invisible to all.

We can’t see air in normal temperatures, but we know that it exists. So, I get to wonder if there is a metaphysical meaning to all of this. Are we trying to see our spirit with the naked eye without any enhancements? Would it make a difference if we tried viewing the spirit from a different perspective or a different environment?

Certainly, the autonomic system of the body let’s us know that spirit or life exists when there is breath. But has any one ever monitored breath leaving the body in finality? Has anyone ever tried to capture the last breath of a human being? I wonder if it would have a different attribute than the breath of one that is living.

I did a cursory Google search and couldn’t find any passages explaining trying to examine the final breath of a human being. Maybe I’m the founder of a new thought process. If any of my readers know anything about any experiments of this kind, please let me know.

My sister witnessed my father’s passing. She said she saw his spirit escape through the corner of the room closest to the door. It was as if he stopped there, waved and then went on to some place filled surrounded by light.

I have helped a few people pass on during terminal illness. These experiences have been some of the most edifying times of my life. I understood how ephemeral and fragile each breath is and how the body, though it is mostly strong when breathing, becomes gray and smelly quite quickly after death.

I know a mortician. I have been around a few dead bodies. At first, I was freaked out about them. Then it became more intriguing than strange to observe a lifeless body. There was really nothing to feel about my observation at all. I didn’t know the corpses I observed, so I had absolutely no emotion attached to this empty shell.

I appreciated the idea that people want to see their friends and family one last time before they let them go, but after watching the process of a mortician, I think I now prefer the idea of creation for myself. Actually, most of my family feels the same as I, and none of them experienced what I did in the mortician’s room.

So, spirit, though it may be invisible and impossible to capture, is actually quite probably the most amazing and significant aspect of life. Without it, we wouldn’t exist. Yet we know so little.

My time in meditation brings me to a place of understanding the part of the human mind that observes. This is the closest I get to identifying the part of myself that is not completely human.

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Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com. FOR COMMENTS: Go to the Bo Sebastian link under the title and there is a place there to create a comment. Thanks.

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Satisfy My Soul!

Thirty testosterone-filled men yelling and cheering at a football game, absorbed and elated at the idea of watching sports, brings to mind soul satisfaction.

As a life coach, I often ask the question, “What would satisfy your soul’s desire?” Most well-adjusted and successful people haven’t a clue. I have spent most of my life searching for that feeling I saw in my living room as a child filled with sports-watching men!

A few things have brought wonder and excitement to my mind. Snow skiing definitely makes me happy. Watching gymnastics gets me excited. Spending time with friends talking about authentic topics or playing games can be joyful. But absolutely nothing turns me into a raving lunatic because I’m so excited about it.

So after fifty three years, I have to wonder if satisfying my particular soul is a slow movement toward peace and elation, rather than blasts of excitement contingent upon opposing teams fighting over an oval, brown ball. I’m okay with that search result.

Satisfy my heart!

Most people know exactly what it is that would satisfy their hearts. I believe true love is probably the answer most people give. There are others who will say that a solid relationship with God satisfies their hearts. But both relationships mirror each other. A good emotional and intimate relationship with a human will always bring you back to your relationship with God.

Our hearts are communal in nature. Everything in our physical body, especially our sexual organs, draws us to another individual with attraction and sensuality. When we find the satisfaction of another’s arms and the security of a partner’s love, a space gets filled we didn’t often know was all that empty.

When that desire for intimate love remains empty for too long, we begin to fill the space with intimate friendships instead—a sort of surrogate feeling of the more passionate and physical love. This is a great substitute, as it provides the much-needed connection we all desire to feel functional in this world.

Satisfy my body!

This is the question that gets sticky. Many things can satisfy a physical body, but not many of them are prudent for our growth and health. For instance, a cigarette smoker may feel that satisfaction lies in going outside on a break and taking long puffs of tobacco to get away from the tension at work. An overeater may satisfy the body’s urge with a large cupcake with mounds of sugary sweet icing to overcome anxiety. A sex addict may feel like a quick online tryst will get him though the day or the week.

You can easily see that any of the above could be detrimental to your health. The cigarette smoker is liable to get cancer; the overeater will probably gain weight; and the sex addict may open himself up to undisclosed diseases.

So, we all need to govern the satisfaction of our bodies. I call this being the adult MIND watching the childlike BODY. The relationship of the mind and body completely mirrors the relationship between a parent and whining child. If you let the child get over on your too often, eventually the child takes over the household. The parent must listen to the child, but give him/her healthy parameters with which to guard and guide him/her to safety and health.

No good parent is going to let her child eat ten cookies and a bowl of ice cream before dinner. No healthy adult would want to see a five year old smoking a cigarette. And fathers, especially, don’t want to see a teenager satisfying sexuality too young and certainly without love and security.

We see that satisfying our souls and hearts are about reaching inside and finding that which gives us joy and peace. But satisfying the body takes a strong, governing part of the mind to fulfill the needs of the physical self without harming it.

If you don’t know what would satisfy your soul, you should be spending every day on the pathway to discovering that very thing. Soul satisfaction is what opens our heart and makes us listen for the subtle messages of life that lead us on toward happiness and peace. If you disregard your soul, you disregard your life’s purpose, cutting yourself off from the most important part of life: your purpose and your fulfillment as a human on this earth.

Wake up today and begin to reach inside for your soul needs. Don’t be afraid you won’t ever get what you desire. Your future is contingent upon you imagining the honest and authentic truth for you that will satisfy even the most desperate soul.

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Bo Sebastian is a Hypnotherapist and Life & Health Coach, available for private sessions to QUIT SMOKING, Lose Weight, New Lap-Band Hypnosis for Weight Loss, CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! at 615-400-2334 or www.bosebastian.com.

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