How does body relate to spirit?

Our bodies are the sum total of the actions we have taken, which are influenced by our knowledge (efficiency and effectiveness) and our emotions (the Hawaiian Huna consider our bodies to be like “black bags” where we store our unprocessed negative feelings until we’re ready to deal with them.) Trying to pretend that our exteriors have nothing to do with our interiors is a dangerous self-deception—and opens the door to accepting OTHER people’s negative, abusive behavior, because, after all, “what we do isn’t who we are.” Right. Well, no it isn’t, but it’s a hell of a lot closer to who we are than our self-image, or the stories we try to sell others.

And what else reveals our actions and attitudes? Try our finances. Try our relationship histories. A single problem is just a learning experience. But one that recurs three times suggests that we have not learned something critical. Learn the lesson, and you don’t have to repeat the mistake. There are good men, good women, opportunities out there, and healthy bodies lurking within the external shell, waiting to emerge when we have the knowledge, discipline, and emotional clarity.

The trick is to love yourself, while being as honest as a surgeon evaluating a tumor when we examine our actions, emotions, beliefs, values, and self-image. You are 100% deserving of love. You are also 100% deserving of an accurate map of reality. And a map is useless unless
1) you know where you’re going, and
2) you know where you are.

Musashi’s first principle is “Do not think dishonestly.” Tell the truth. Get an accurate map.
The second is: “The way is in training.” Your goals require constant action.
The third is “Know the ways of every art.” Study the actions and attitudes of the masters. Those who have succeeded at any discipline you desire. Find the critical path, the things in common between all of them. Do this with all your heart while maintaining sensory acuity to your results, and continuing to model and study.

Nothing can guarantee success. But failing to adapt the proper behaviors will guarantee failure. If you’re running east, no matter how far and how fast you run, you’ll never see a sunset.

-Steve Barnes,


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