Body, Mind &Spirit
Body, Mind & Spirit
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you
proverbs 2:11 (NIV)
College students face many challenges including the new found freedoms that come with leaving home, and an avalanche of choices, some very tempting and enticing, that each freshman to Senior student has to decide on. Making choices that are wise will help protect our vulnerable human bodies, guard our hearts and minds, and will spiritually lift us up. Here are words to reflect on regarding the art of caring for our bodies, minds, and Spirits.
Our human bodies are in a perpetual need of regular caring and nurturing. Much like cars that break down when not well taken care of with regular maintenance and oil changes, we all need good maintenance and healthy life changes. Our vulnerable bodies, minds, and spirits need physical, mental and spiritual rest and maintenance to keep us going throughout the many miles of life’s rugged and hard earthly journey.
Preventive medicine is a fancy way of saying that our moms’ life lesson of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true and not a fancy “old wives’ tales”
Friend, caring for the well being of our bodies is not just about working out five days a week to keep us in top muscular Six-Pack Abs shape, and is not about having great haircuts, maintaining great skin tan and complexion, and knockout facial appearances. True and genuine caring for our well being is way deeper than that. We can all agree that spending plenty of time and energy in caring and maintaining the outer and external frame and looks of a car without tending to the needs of its engine is pure foolishness. But so is caring for our outer appearance and looks without dedicating time, and rendering the utmost of care to our minds and spirits.
My body and yours can afford to have, without major adverse consequences, bad hair day, bell bottom pants, the wrong colognes and perfumes, and totally old fashioned cloths. But, we can’t afford to have a heart out of its normal rhythm, a colon with cancerous polyps, a liver hardened by cirrhosis, a kidney that no longer functions, and a brain plagued by strokes and addictions caused by years of neglected healthy living. Nor can we afford having emotions sunk in perpetual anxieties, depression, and negative patterns of beliefs that cripple our lives.
There is nothing to be offered but much love and encouragement to those of us whose physical and emotional ailments are hereditary and beyond their human control. But for the rest of us who make daily unhealthy choices, our moms’ preventive medicine wise sayings of “prevention is better than cure, and “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” will always stand the test of time.
So friend, how well are you caring for both the external parts, and the internal, unseen aspects of your body, mind, and spirit?
My son, pay attention to what I say;turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
Proverbs 4:20=22 (NIV)
Advice and recommendations offered here are not meant to replace your medical provider’s individual evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Please see your medical provider for any physical or emotional concerns.
Views expressed here are only of the author, and do not represent the views of any other organization or entity.
Adel G. Hanna, M.D,
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