Paramhansa Yogananda emphasized the importance of taking care of all parts of ourselves. He said that as mortals we are triune beings and we long for freedom from all varieties of suffering.
Our needs are:
- Healing of bodily diseases
- Healing of mental or psychological diseases, such as fear, anger, and other negative emotions, failure consciousness, lack of initiative and confidence
- Healing of spiritual diseases, such as lack of purpose, indifference, intellectual pride, dogmatism, and skepticism
Most people tend to focus on healing only their physical body, because it’s so tangible and obvious. But they don’t realize that their mental restlessness and their spiritual blindness to the divine meaning of life are the real causes of all human misery.
We can use a tripod to illustrate the need for balance. If one leg is short, the tripod is going to fall. We are not different than a tripod. When we neglect one part of our being, we get out of balance.
Try in your daily life to take care of your body, mind, and soul—not neglecting any of them.
Yogananda said it well:
“Body, mind, and soul are interrelated.
You have the duty to the body—keeping it fit,
A duty to the mind—developing its power,
And a duty to the soul—daily meditation on the source of your being.”
In our weekend retreat, How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence, we’ll discuss this more in depth and set new goals for ourselves.