In some instances, the mind, body, and spirit work together. Then there are times when they don’t.
I have far more experience with this matter than I care to. How? Let me explain.
My body is a temple — specifically, a ziggurat
In the medieval game I play, and have been for over 2.5 decades, I am a size Small. This is due to my being 5’6” in a world of people generally taller than I.
Would that were true of the real world. I am 5’6”, but I am also over 250 lbs. Not to brag, I am fairly muscular…but I also have a rather large gut.
My preferred term for describing myself is “stocky.” Because ALL of my excess weight is in my gut (arms and legs are totally normal) I am an…odd shape. Or so I presume, given the random stranger on the streets of Santa Fe, NM, who approached me to shake my hand and declare, “I just had to tell you…you’re an odd-looking fellow.”
The thing is, while I am overweight, I am pretty active. I take approximately a 2-mile walk daily, and I participate in medieval fencing 1–3 days a week. Some days I go for a swim — but overall I attempt to get up and move hourly. Though not as often as I should, I sometimes lift weights, focusing on shoulders, chest, back, and arms. Because of all the walking and fencing, I don’t feel a need to work my legs when I do weights. Not to brag, but my legs are pretty much pure muscle.
It is important to note that I am in my mid-forties. So while I am active, I AM overweight and not a twenty-something nor thirty-something. Thus, sometimes, the spirit wants to be super-active (largely this happens when fencing) and the mind tends to deny my age and weight.
Mostly the body goes along with it. Sometimes, though, the body tells me NO.
Did I mention the additional damage to the body?
Temple, or junkyard?
Due to being hit by a car crossing a street almost 20 years ago, my right clavicle is held together by three titanium plates. Further, my tibia and fibula in my right leg are fused together. I have nerve damage to my right arm that, while mostly healed, is still an occasional nuisance.
Additionally, I broke my right pinky finger in the 3rd grade; cracked my right knee-cap downhill skiing when I was about 13; dislocated/relocated my right knee multiple times since my 20’s; broke my right-thumb fencing in my 30’s; tore the meniscus in my left knee about 5 or 6 years ago.
You should see my scar collection. Seriously, it is impressive — but I am an embodiment of the walking wounded. Overall this doesn’t faze me or the things I do. But there are times that the various damaged bits and pieces act up, and complicate activities on my part.
The spirit and the mind tend to agree that they do not accept limitations. Except that the mind will, from time to time, remember all of the above, plus my weight and age, and point out that I may be a dumbass.
However, I do not accept limitations easily. This is why when I was recovering from my injuries after being hit by the car, I refused to accept most of the healing timelines I was given.
One to three years until I would walk again. No way. May never regain full use of my right arm. Not happening. I would walk with a limp for the rest of my life. Sorry, no.
Getting the mind, body, and spirit lined up
I put full weight on my right leg the day the doctor removed the external fixator he’d attached after the accident, and put on a walking cast. I pressed my therapists for hydrotherapy to improve muscle recovery in my arm. Every therapy option given to me I took and asked for more. No pain was too great to stop me from pushing forward.
And it worked. A year after the accident I was almost completely recovered. Not much longer past that, unless you see my scars or I relate this to you, you’d have no idea.
All you would see is this relatively short, heavyset guy. I take great pride in my ability to move with more agility, speed, and dexterity than my body hints at.
As I have continued my pursuit of conscious reality creation, this is the best example I have of how it works. The total, complete alignment of mind, body, and spirit. When that happens, anything is possible. Anything can be made manifest.
If I can do it, you can do it
Whether you are overweight, out-of-shape, odd-looking, damaged, or even in good shape but believe that you are not — you can do just about anything you choose to do.
You may have to start slow — in fact, you probably should. Nobody can go instantly from a completely sedentary existence to running a 5k, in especial if they have any body issues.
But when you believe in your soul that you are able to do things, even when circumstances tell you otherwise, if you can get your head into the game your body can follow. I am not advocating for you to take any unnecessary risks — be mindful of health conditions. But don’t be limited by impressions, expectations, and other people’s beliefs.
Just because a person is overweight does not mean that they are a slug. By the same token, people who appear thin and healthy might be a complete mess. When you practice being mindful of your thoughts and feelings, you gain further insight into your body and what it can and cannot do.
The mind is the most powerful tool for healing you have. That’s not negating modern medicine, that’s acknowledging that the addition of your mindset and your spirit can have a real impact on your body. “Miracle” healings are less about an unseen, omnipotent deity and more about the person believing in their mind and spirit that their body could be cured and healed.
You have that power, too. I’ve done it, and if I can do it, ANYBODY can.
Work on maintaining a healthy diet, get at least some exercise, and be the best you that you can be. Find alignment between mind, body, and spirit, and see just how much you are truly capable of achieving.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, and you can align your mind, body, and spirit.