How The Mind And Body Are Separate
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

How The Mind And Body Are Separate

In psychology, there seems to be debate on whether the body and the mind are the same entity or their own separate features... and the short answer is they are not.

How The Mind And Body Are Separate

In psychology, there seems to be a debate on whether the body and the mind are the same entity or their own separate features. Truthfully, I never seemed to pay attention enough to decide which side of the argument I was on. But after spending time getting to know myself and how the mind works, I have finally found the answer.

They are not the same. The body and the mind are obviously within the same "body", but the mind literally "has a mind of its own". You are your mind, but you are not your body, you're just living in it. In fact, once you realize this, you can learn to control how your mind talks about your body and change the light you view yourself in.

This all came to me as I was reading Don Miguel Ruiz's series of Mexican Toltec practices, and I realized his logic made sense. Think of it like this: when you eat, you don't tell your body to digest the food or instruct your chemical processes to begin. When this food gets stored, you don't direct where it goes, it does its own thing. When you break your foot, yes it hurts, but you can't do anything but let it heal on its own, just as you don't control the way your hair grows on your body or even the way you perceive taste. All these things we feel we have the control because we become aware, but this is your body. Your physical body gained the extra weight, the foot attached to this body hurts on its own, and the hair on your head grew on its own.

When you realize the differences then you can begin to show compassion and patience with your mind. You begin to understand that you aren't fat, maybe your body has a little extra weight on it than you would like, but it is still your body working for you. You can be more understanding of the little things and stop focusing your mind on the things that you cannot immediately change.

When you connect your body and your mind as one, you get angry at yourself for feeling insecure about your "flaws". These negative thoughts then spiral and eventually you are infecting your mind with more and more negativity. This will begin to affect all your thoughts and make it a lot harder to accept yourself for you. You will continue to compare yourself and fill your mind with self-hatred. All of the above are toxic mentality traits.

It is a complex topic with lots of gray areas, and only through a clear understanding will you be able to make this transition of thinking. But awareness is the first step, after years of hearing this idea tossed around I finally understand why this question stands. Once understood, I believe this is a very crucial concept needed for self-acceptance. Think about this in the new year. Think about how much more peaceful your mind can be with this practice. Be kind to your mind and your body. Claim your peace.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments