So we are obsessed with physical appearance, or at least we would take action when the physical body informs us – through pain – that something is not as it should be. I have continued my physical therapy with diligence and a sense of purposefulness. I do the home routines prescribed and keep my twice-a-week appointments with my therapist. She has monitored my shoulder’s motion and flexibility and we found out that within a very short time, there is reason to rejoice and celebrate. The results are good.
But we are not stopping there. Each time I have a session, I leave with additional tips on next steps to add to what I am already practising.
The question I ask myself is this: How much effort or diligence am I investing in the other exercise – spiritual wellness? Pain and discomfort alert us when the physical well-being is off balance. Perhaps even society keeps us alert; that is why we worry about how we look (with wrinkles, teeth, hair, complexion and so on). I wonder how alert I am with spiritual development.
The problem lies in our oblivion to the essentiality of a balance between the physical and the spiritual. Yes, we are spiritual beings, whether we recognize it or not. We have overemphasized the physical to the detriment of the equally important spiritual life. In school, we want kids to excel in Maths and Science while we ridicule the humanities.
Recently I overheard two people in argument over some idea. One was adamant in dismissing the other’s point because “it was religion, not science”. He insisted that he would not listen to anything that was not supported by science. That is the sad road we have led ourselves, believing that the spiritual is at best superstition, a myth, or quasi-science, hence meriting no attention.
Do we experience “pain” because things are not alright on the spiritual level? Sure we do! Are we listening? Perhaps not. But the pain will not go away until we look into our spirituality, just as I am doing for my shoulder.