Man is the sum of four parts: body, mind, soul, and spirit. I derive these categories from scripture and believe they are quite comprehensive. Disregard or neglect in one area creates problems in the other three. Today, many would make financial its own category, but I place wealth in body as it primarily relates to survival along with health and safety.
Soul is a nebulous concept for many. It can be best thought of by what we commonly call heart and the terms can be use interchangeably. Don’t confuse it with Spirit. It is the seat of emotion and passion, thus it deals primarily with social relations. Keep in mind that each of the pillars have several main subsets and numerous intricacies. I will dedicate individual posts to each of them in the near future.
Mind, as a concept, is easy to grasp. It is the realm of thought and learning. What many don’t consider is that it also directs your will. Discipline, focus, and memory are its wheelhouse, but imagination and creativity are its true genius.
Spirit is where many go astray. It is frequently disregarded and thus the most neglected. This is a tragic and costly mistake. Spirit is the realm of vision, legacy, and conscience. It is the anchor for body, mind, and soul. Visualize them as three intersecting rings with spirit occupying the center where they all overlap. It guides you in finding your sacred purpose.
This is an important concept and one I will refer back to often. It is crucial to view yourself as a wonderfully complex being so you don’t fall victim to modern nihilism. The four areas all overlap. For example, the mind creates ideas that the body turns into opportunity. The spirit allows you to deal generously and responsibly with wealth. The soul creates passion that expresses itself in art, music, and romance. This is a simple introduction. Please follow the blog as I expand on each topic to learn more. Please share your thoughts in the comment section.