The spiritual question of the month of April, 2021, “Are you a body with a soul or a soul with a body?” is a foundational one, because the answer to this question influences, usually unconsciously, how a person experiences their experience and sees the world. In other words the answer to this question is the foundation for a person’s thought system which contributes either to anxiety and depression or to peace and joy.
We live in a very materialistic age in which we all are led to believe, and children in particular are taught, that material things will make them happy. Parents strive to provide their children with material things and say that they want their children to be “successful” which often means that they will become educated and grow up to get a good job that provides a large salary.
Mother Teresa said one time that while the United States might be the richest country in the world, it is also one of the most spiritually impoverished.
And so, we can question our values that we hold dear and those we teach our children and grandchildren. What do we see as most important, their bodies or their souls? How does this focus influence how we behave and treat others? What are the most important values we have in life? What do we tell ourselves and what do we teach others through our behavior? It all comes down to whether we see ourselves as a body with a soul or a soul with a body.
We know when we make the right choice when we become aware of our mood. Am I anxious and depressed or peaceful and joyful?