Flourishing in Our Mind, Body, and Soul

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There is this analogy that men’s thought pattern is like waffle while women’s brain is like spaghetti, following that picture is to say that women are complicated. But I beg to differ, a better description would be that women are – complex. Being complicated brings a negative connotation, while being complex means that women take into consideration the many aspects in their lives therefore the well-being and health of all these ‘aspects’ are important in the development of a woman that flourishes. I would say the ‘holy trinity’ of a flourishing woman comes from the fact that she is taking care of her mind, body and soul.

The Mind

Today, infomercials from the TV without fail bombard us repeatedly with its own agenda while shaping our subconscious mind (our perceptions). Do we make conscious effort to ponder the substance of the commercial? How do we discern what is right and what is wrong? Proverbs 9:10 tells us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom –  and to me, that gives me insight into what wisdom is; which is the ability to make good quality sound judgment. The definition of fear in the aforementioned verse is reverence, awe-struck wonder of the bigness of God while acknowledging that He is sovereign and the CEO of this universe.

The Body

Our modern day definition of a healthy body is to have the low body fat percentage, ripped abs, perfect BMI and a face that looks forever 21. The introduction of various exercises such as HIIT, Tabata, crossfit, etc. and the numerous age-defying serums, plastic surgery, Botox beckon women to keep chasing the train of eternal youth and ridiculous standard of beauty. I’ve seen countless social media feeds displaying before and after pictures of ‘plastic surgery gone wrong’ of some celebrities. Question is, what is the epitome of ‘beauty’ and who defines it? What message are we sending to the younger generation today about healthy body image?

The Soul

As society progresses and in the busyness of work and meeting the expectations of the world around us, we fail to pay attention to the one thing that in my opinion encapsulates the well-being of an Individual. Our soul.

Our emotions and our spiritual belief (faith) have two dimensions. Firstly it is the vertical dimension – our connection with our Creator (God). By slowing down and intentionally taking time to pray and reflect help us to dig deep within our hearts of hearts and find out what is that one thing that you passionate about and keeps you excited about life. What is your purpose here on earth? In order to gain more clarity to those questions we should feed our faith muscle with the protein of God’s words – the Bible and the fellowship of people who have our best interest at heart.

Secondly is the horizontal dimension – our connection with the people around us. By showing some kindness to the world around us does good to our emotional health. In fact, it doesn’t’ need to take a lot of effort. A simple ‘thank you’ to the waiter who served us coffee, or a sincere ‘good morning smile’ to a colleague do not cost us a cent.

In conclusion, by maintaining a healthy soul we are able to cultivate healthy, thinking patterns – hence, a healthy mind. With a healthy mind, we are able to make better decisions (wisdom) in all aspects of our lives which include our bodies.

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timmie-liew Timmie

Hello, my name is Timmie and I’m from Malaysia. I am a lawyer by profession. I am a charismatic, passionate person and enjoy beautiful things in life such as travelling to different cities to appreciate the culture. I love fashion and appreciate ‘coffee time’ with people to talk about life and build meaningful relationships. I’m passionate about the things of God, the Church and authentic leadership. My deepest desire is to embrace all that God has called me to be and be a blessing to whoever that God has placed in my life past, present and future. Our God is a GREAT God, and the best is yet to come !🙂

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