Body, Mind & Spirt?

The Missing Link?

The Missing Link?

Ahhhhh. That’s finished.  Those conflicting and independent concepts are now united as in blissful marriage.  (Is there such a thing?)

We’ve achieved it or at least attempted to.  Makes a wonderful slogan for a company to place on the jacket’s heart, key ring or pens or mugs or bumper stickers.  Waiting for the light to turn green you can find comfort that the car in front of you has achieved what has eluded you, and you wonder why did a Taurus get that elusive union before your BMW?

Independent is an understatement in these strong, self-relying models in our lives.  The mind is the one we rely upon the most and he loves the ongoing attention.  He seems the strongest since he talks to us the most.  Does the body respond to the mind or does the mind give the body a cold when a job evaluation is the next day?  The Spirit?  Spirit cleverly tries to bring together body and mind as though they are doing their own work when Spirit has an agenda of her own.  Wild and wily in theory but organizing all the loose stuff of her two competitors.

My company places high value on the union of these three words as though union can be reached.  A “Core Value” they call it complementing our culture’s present preoccupation with these three words.  Achieved?  Easily through Yoga, prayer, meditation, daily exercise, vitamin pills, retreats, sabbaticals, eating the right vegetables, quitting smoking or swinging a dead chicken in a plastic bag over your head three times a day.

Quick, magic solutions to the complex, magic we call life.  As one author says it, “The cooking vessel of the soul takes in everything, everything can become soul and by taken into its imagination any and all events, the psychic grows.”

Ahhhhh, in our culture we have it all figured out if we only condense what is dense, if we only make real what is imagined, if we only make folly fact, if we only digest what can never be totally eaten; if only our lives were as simple as we think they are.  (Think.  See our minds at play?)

Body, mind and spirit.  Do you think we’re missing another important one or does the Yoga do it for us?

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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