Holistic Success Needs This Support Structure
By: Divya Darling
November 27, 2019
Success requires a 3 legged stool.
Let us explain.
In order for us to be fully supported and fulfilled, mind, body, and spirit all need to be balanced, steady and strong. It can’t be just one or 2 out of 3… All must be tended to appropriately.
If we neglect our body – the vehicle that carries our mind and spirit – it will become diseased. Ingesting toxins, not exercising properly or eating well are all pathways to dis-ease in our bodies. Whether we become bloated, lethargic, or experience pain, we definitely can’t enjoy the full vitality available to us without honoring the body.
But, if we only focus our attention on the physical aspect of our being, we become disheartened. I regularly meet folks who are very disciplined with their bodies – how they nourish them and how much activity they get. They are in peak physical condition. And yet, often they aren’t happy because they haven’t learned to nourish their spirits too.
Avoiding attending to the mind results in us feeling disempowered. We don’t understand ourselves, and therefore we’re not quite sure how to function optimally in our world. We’re very vulnerable to others opinions of us, because we don’t know enough about ourselves to know differently.
Appropriately Orienting Ourselves
But, if all we do is tend to our thinking, well, then we get disoriented pretty quickly, don’t we? You have noticed how the mind has this way of being able to find a logical/rational argument for anything, haven’t you? So our spirit then operates as the North Star and the mind can become the compass – the instrument used to get us to where we want to go (in combination with an able body).
When we don’t take time to meet our deeper Self in silence, we feel disconnected. We get the sense that there’s more to life, there’s something missing. Existence can feel a bit like a chore to endure when we don’t know who we truly are on the deepest level.
But if the only thing we do is honor our spirit, well then we become pretty dysfunctional. I’ve met mothers who were so committed to their spiritual journey that they have neglected the physical care of their children. We can’t sit in meditation all day and function well in the modern world. This too is imbalanced.
Mind, Body, Spirit must be equally honoured. Attending to any one alone is insufficient for true success. And neglecting any one also creates inadequacy. Mind, Body, Spirit are the 3 legs on the stool of success.