Cultivating The Whole

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”

Aristotle

I spend a lot of time on my mind. Meaning, not in my thoughts—I do that too—but on developing my mind and the skills regarding the mind. Which usually means I’m taped to a computer (or device of some sort) most of the day. I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to screen (I’m addicted to creating and learning). I don’t feel separation pains if I leave my phone at home. I spent over a year off of social media. But, my work, side project, and entertainment center around mental things.

There’s a touch of heart and body, of course, but most of the things I enjoy—coding, design, writing, music creation, not to mention reading and writing—all revolve around the mind.

This feels very one sided.

There is no mind without a body, just as there is nobody without a mind (they’re kind of a package deal). Even computers have physical hardware somewhere, what makes us think we can invest everything into our minds and leave everything else in our lives malnourished?

Day and night. Awake and rest. We need to find balance with all aspects of ourselves and our surroundings. Mind, Body, Spirit, Connection, Community—all pieces of the puzzle that can bring us joy, meaning, and creativity when we make them significant to us. Otherwise, things start to break down. Relationships crumble or fade, and suddenly you’re left without a support system when you fall and friends to call when you are feeling lonely. The body stops functioning properly and suddenly your mind wasn’t what it used to be. (So much for all the time you spend cultivating it). You

Action Question: How much time do you roughly spend cultivating your mind and mental skills? How does that compare to the time you invest in your relationships? What about body, spirit, and love?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1006

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