There has been an increasing re-discovery over the last decade in Western science of how intricately connected our self is connected. We are three parts: mind, body and spirit. They are not separate. They actually cannot function properly when treated as separate.
We have learned how exercise produces endorphins, which are vital to positivity.
We have learned how eating a variety of ways fuels our body’s energy precisely.
We have learned that even our gut microbes affect our mental health.
We have learned that our brain structures are formed by what we do and think repeatedly.
We have learned that we actually don’t know how brain chemistry works entirely.
We have learned that how we treat our body directly affects the function of our mind, and how our mind, in turn, produces outward actions derived from thought.
We have also seen much truth emerge from psychology and neuroscience that, if given spiritual verbiage, could have been found in the bible. Truth is indomitable, no matter what discipline label it is given.
That mindset is the best indicator of personal and professional success.
That it is possible for new thought patterns to be created. Our brains transform from these new patterns, and this transformation gives birth to a new self.
That it takes honestly, humbly looking at what is inside, or what has past, to actually heal. That healing itself is truly possible.
That shame cripples the best of us, and that vulnerability is what we should strive for to achieve personal health.
That community is necessary for wholeness, and that we indeed are made to connect with people.
That to live our best life we have to hold our identity as valued and enough and connected and capable.
All of these scientifically-proven facts, if wrapped in faith-language rather than science-language, are straight out of the bible.
Because, at our core, we are spiritual beings. The unseen spirit is wrapped in visible mental and physical realities. As such, we tend to attempt manipulating our minds and bodies to achieve health while ignoring our spirits. But it is our spirit that is the true source of immediate, permanent health. Your spirit cannot be ignored.
Positivity and mindset are large piece of the puzzle to vibrant mental health. But positivity cannot be faked and our brains cannot be tricked. Mantras will not transform your brain into thinking like a new, healthy person. At one level it will change, but those new thoughts will always feel like imposters. Play-actors to be doubted internally. A wary change prone to relapse.
You cannot convince your mind of something that your spirit doesn’t truly believe.
You cannot find your way to the healthiest mind while ignoring your spirit.
Modern psychology is effective, but it can only reach so far. It has the power to change a mind with the right focus and willpower, but not a spirit. You can self-talk your way out of a mental black hole, or beyond the reach of a horrid past. You can exercise and eat well to feel good and whole in your own skin. But you cannot live your best life or achieve true mental health if you ignore the third part of your triune being: your spirit.
Without your spirit, your center, operating properly, any attempt to live a more whole life based solely on manipulating your mind and body into being centered will be a transformation that falls short of its potential at best, and a practice in futility at worst – a fad diet prone to be failed.
A human’s center is what gives them life – not success, possessions or their parents.
A human’s center is what gives them their identity. It gives them value, purpose, aspiration.
A human’s center is not Self. A human’s center is the One who gave you breath itself.
A human’s center is in the shape of their Creator. It is what gives them motivation to live life out of their value in the truest way. And beyond that, the Breath of Deity within them that gives true ability to achieve their most whole self.
A healthier self is triune. Just as we must take responsibility for our bodies by fueling and exercising it properly, and for our minds by only allowing certain healthy thoughts to be thought about, we must take responsibility for the health of our spiritual center.
It starts by recognizing that your center is actually not Self. The journey toward an optimal psychology continues as you practice aligning your center to the Someone who breathed your Self, and finding your identity and value there.
Orientating your spiritual center rightly is the plumb line for mental health. When centered in Someone, you gain a wiser sense for what health actually is, the continued internal motivation to get there, and the supernatural ability to miraculously live it out. Your psychology cannot be separated from your spirituality.