Pastor’s Corner: Body, Mind, and Spirit

September 8, 2021

The body, the mind, and the spirit are not separate. We live in all of them, at the same time, in this life.

That means that as you’re trying to soothe your mind and strengthen your spirit in this ongoing pandemic, your body has a part to play. Our ancestors knew this. It’s why they practiced kneeling as an opening to prayer. It’s why they clasped their hands or extended their arms wide in prayer. Physical position has an impact on our spiritual position. The shape of your body influences the shape of your prayer.

As you’re considering ways to strengthen your spirit, consider ways that might involve your body. Try a different posture than you’ve used before. Sit up straight, or stand, or kneel. Change the position of your hands. Open your eyes or close them. What helps you find your way to prayer and to God? What puts obstacles in the way?

Give your body something to do. Go for a walk periodically. Exercise. Dance. Make music – you might sing when nobody is listening, or sing along to this Friday’s Community Concert when only those in your household will hear. Stretch out. Massage your muscles. Those jangling nerves have their physical manifestations. Working your body will ease those nerves.

We’ve still got a long way to go with this pandemic. The fear will be with us for a while. Care for our bodies, our minds, and our souls will help us keep going; care for ourselves will help us thrive.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

Photo by Eric Anderson

Categories Pastor's Corner Reflections | Tags: , | Posted on September 8, 2021

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