Health and wellbeing are the foundation for all things in our lives. In recovery,we hear the words body, mind and spirit or body, mind and soul on a regular basis. We read these words on the internet. We hear them in recovery meetings. We hear them in spiritual gatherings. Simply defined they mean our well being goes beyond our physical health. True wellbeing includes our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. Every time we fly, we are instructed we must give ourselves oxygen before we attempt to help others. For some this seems incredibly selfish. We might think “I need to secure my child’s well being before my own.” We are often taught being selfless is virtuous. As we learn on the plane, we know if we aren’t getting oxygen we are then incapable of helping others. We are unable to save the lives of others if we don’t take care of ourselves first. If we look at each of the words individually it can help illustrate a clear picture of the whole. A body is the material part or nature of a human being. This includes our muscles, ligaments, bones, and blood. We can see and touch the body. It’s our body that needs oxygen, food, and water to survive. It is our body that gets physically addicted to drugs or alcohol. We then look at the mind which gets a bit more complex. Merriam Webster defines mind as elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons. We can see a facial expression change as a result of a feeling, but we don’t see the feeling. Some would say the mind is the guiding force as our thoughts control our actions. There is debate, but some say mind and brain are synonymous. The word spirit is defined by Merriam Webster as the activating or essential principle influencing a person. Our spirit is our guide. Another definition is a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being. In both definitions we are not talking about cells or grey matter. We are talking about the non-physical. Our spirit is our higher self. Some call this higher self God. What we know for certain is that the integration of body, mind, and spirit dictate our thoughts and actions. An individual who reaches for a drug after being in recovery could say it was simply their hand that reached. Someone else would say it was their thoughts that said I can do it just this once that guided the hand. Others would say a spiritual disconnect leads to the insane thinking that somehow this time it will be different. What we know for sure is that body, mind, spirit can heal and recover one day at a time.
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