Body Mind Spirit
Welcome to Lesson 2! In this lesson, we will discuss who we are, the nature of our being, body, mind,
and spirit. Understanding who we really are builds a foundation for our lives, a motivation for wanting to
take care of ourselves. Of course, each of us is an individual, but there is a common essence to the
nature of human life. Do our beliefs and values create who we are or do we derive our beliefs and values
from understanding our creation?
We certainly have a range of beliefs, values, and attitudes coming into this study of the nature of our
being. We will explore many different approaches people have taken throughout history to explain who
we really are. There are concepts to study that may give depth to understanding the very nature of our
being. For a time, instead of studying the structure and function of our bodies, let's explore together the
reality of our embodiment. What meaning does your body give to your life?
Explain the interrelatedness of the whole person, bodymindspirit.
Identify barriers to understanding one's actual nature of being, bodymindspirit.
Outline significant absolute realities about the body as well as the soul.
Describe the positive effects that attitudes of well-being have on one's health.
Identify the interactive nature of bodymindspirit and the power of love.
Explain how to live as a harmonious whole being, bodymindspirit.
: The concept that a human being is a whole composite of these three aspects of being
and together they function as one whole.
: The belief that mind or spirit is not matter, that it is immaterial. It is supposed that
something which is not matter is pure, superior, and ultimately real, whereas that which is matter is
impure, inferior, and not ultimately real.
: Any ascription of humanlike characteristics to God: for example, a body or
: A belief in denying the body for the purpose of freeing the spirit.
: The teaching of René Descartes (deh-cart) that the mind or spirit constitutes one
reality while the body is something completely different, separate and apart from mind.
: The belief about the nature of human life that the body is what constitutes the human
being, there is no such thing as spirit or mind apart from the body.
: The belief that pleasure is the highest good.
Metaphysical perspective, absolute or relative
: One's perspective on the ultimate reality of life. Is
reality or truth universal, unchanging, or is reality or truth individual and changing, authored by each