We humans relate to the world on a physical level through our bodies. Our bodies are the physical framework for who we are. They allow us to experience life on a sensual level, i.e., with our five senses. They allow us to relate to each other physically. But on their own, our bodies are just that, physical substance, nothing more.
Our minds fuel our bodies in that they give our bodies instructions on what and how to operate. Our brains send our bodies messages through our various internal systems, informing us of both internal and external changes going on, and setting up responses accordingly through endless feedback loops. Our minds, working through our brains, hold our memories and create our stories for us, our stories of who we are in the world and what our place is in the world in relation to those around us. These stories are fueled by the information our minds gather. That is what our minds do. They gather more information and more information and more information, both internal and external, and they translate that information into language that fits our story. Our story about limitation.
Our minds’ stories are about limitation unless we have access to our spirit. Our minds are very closely related to our physical being and to our brains. Our brains function hand in hand with our minds, and vice versa. But there are two sides to the brain, and, in essence, then, two sides to the mind, and unless and until we can access both sides of each, we are living half a life.
Our spirit is the limitless part of who we are. It is the part that connects us to the divine, to God. It is the part which, when expressed through the mind, opens up endless possibilities to who we are and what we can do in the world. And it is available to us in every moment. How?
Spirit, in essence, speaks to us through our right brain, the creative side of our brain. For centuries, this part of the brain has been seen as the “weak” side, partly because it is the side that is considered more feminine (this is because physiologically women are able to access this side easier than men). The right brain, too, is connected with the function of the lower abdomen, which, in energetic systems, has to do with creativity (the egg and sperm create new life).
In order to lead a life, then, that is informed not just by the mind but also by the spirit, or Spirit, or God, the most creative and wise part of who we are, we need to find ways to access information from our right brain, which is then translated through our left. How do we do that? Through meditation, prayer, and creativity.
Many people find meditation hard. But we see here that meditation, in the traditional sense, isn’t the only way to access your right brain: Creativity itself is a form of meditation, and so working creatively on something that feeds you will open the communication between both sides of your brain just as well as meditation, for some.
So what is your meditation? Is it sitting still? Walking? Running? Is it painting? Writing? Today, I encourage you to identify something that feeds your spirit, something that helps you lose yourself in time, and to do it. The more you do it, the more open you will become to life, and the more open to life you become, the more endless the possibilities you will have access to and the more joyful your life will be.