We are all spirits embodied in flesh, here to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. In the balance of everyday, we must also find the time to take care of ourselves, nurturing the duality of who we are. Honoring the Yin as well as the Yang.
I hope you will join me and others this week in class, as we find internal balance that is essential to existence, BE-ing present with the messages that our body sends us. Balancing in/out, strength/flexibility, up/down, body/spirit are all ways to recognize the necessity of taking care of ourselves, so we can also be of service to others. Yin/Yang.
When we go to a class or participate in a physical activity in the company of others, we nurture not only our body, but also our spirit. Nurturing our soul surrounded by people who support us on our path, even if we choose to be quiet, feeds the essence of who we are, as human BE-ings.
SEE you soon dear friends!
My classes this week:
DRUM CIRCLE SUNDAY! 2:00… Bring friends!
More from Madisyn Taylor, of DailyOm, on duality, and balancing body/spirit:
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Our bodies are living, breathing expressions of our consciousness and
should be treated as such.
Striking the right balance between our physical and spiritual aspects is one
of the most challenging aspects of existence. We are dual beings by nature,
spiritual entities bound to earth by physical bodies. In our lifetimes, we are
charged with the duty of nurturing and tending both with equal devotion
and love. Yet while both aspects of the self are deserving of honor and
respect, there is a tendency for people who are more spiritually focused to
ignore, avoid, or dismiss their bodies. Similarly, many individuals are
entirely ensconced in the carnal realm and pay no attention to the needs of
the soul. In both cases, an adjustment is in order. We are whole only to the
degree that we embrace both sides of our beings.
If the soul is the inward manifestation of our consciousness, the body is the
living, breathing expression of that consciousness. The physical self provides the home in which the spiritual self takes root and flourishes. Just as we
must tend to the seed of the soul to ensure that it grows strong, so, too, must we care for the protective shell that is the body to make certain it is capable of playing its role in our development. Though there will no doubt be times
in our lives when we feel more comfortable focusing on the spiritual self or
the physical self, denying the fundamental importance of one or the other
can lead to ill health, emotional distress, and a sense of incompleteness.
Both facets of the human experience play a vital role in our well-being.
The body and the soul are the yin and yang of our current reality. They are,
at this point of human evolution, irreparably bound together, and many
spiritual teachers agree that the body is one of the greatest vehicles through which to access the soul. In fact, many believe that our spirit has chosen to be embodied as an essential part of our spiritual development.
Consequently, it is the responsibility of each person on the planet to forge
a marriage between the two, so that these disparate aspects bring out the
best in each other, creating a vibrant, dynamic, and workable whole.