We Are Trinity

We are trinity – body, mind and spirit.

It is true…the three are inextricably entwined in such a way that it is impossible to know where one begins and the other ends. Each seems to contribute to the other.

There must be balance and yet there rarely (ever?) is. One can be too much of the body (worldly); or the mind (emotion) or the spirit (spiritual). Yes one can even be too spiritual…ask the Gnostics and the Platonists.

I find that when one has become too much of one thing it is often as a result of a deficit in the other. We try to fill the spirit with the body and the mind; we try to fill the body with the mind and spirit and we try to fill the mind with the body and spirit or with the things that represent those.

We should look at our lusts and addictions and deep seated emotional or physical needs and see them as signs of deficit elsewhere. One often seeks to fill an empty heart with things of the spirit and body when it is the heart that needs tending to and so on and so forth.

It is not that these things in and of themselves are bad…it is the motives behind the need that should be questioned. Why do I need the big house? Why do I need the new car? Why the extra food? Why the relationship? Why even the things of God? Could I be seeking God for the wrong reasons? Can there be wrong reasons? Ask the rich young man. Ask the Sons of Thunder. Ask Mary and Martha who sought to fill a physical void and missed the point of Christ’s presence in the first place.

Balance…it is so important to life. All it takes is a mild chemical imbalance in the brain to send us hurtling into the emotional abyss…balance…all it takes is a subtle shift in the earth’s orbit around the sun to end us all…balance…it is everything and yet we seek the extremes so often…extreme actions, extreme faith, extreme appetites…extremes. Extremes are not healthy. Extremism is not healthy.

That’s it. That’s all I have on this for now…there’s more but there are no more words.

2 thoughts on “We Are Trinity

  1. Thanks for this post! It hits pretty close to home for me, and has given me much to ponder. (My brain is still processing and unpacking, so the pondering is still in progress as I write this…)

    I used to think of myself as being of a balanced nature, but have since determined that I’m sensitive to imbalance, which I’ve learned isn’t quite the same thing. As such, I find myself often going to one extreme to counter-balance the other and then back again – like someone running back and forth on a seesaw who doesn’t know enough to just stand in the middle and shift from one foot to the other as needed. The latter involves far less perspiration, physically, mentally and spiritually.

    One of the byproducts of this phenomenon (I think) is a sort of restlessness, where no matter where you are, there is always somewhere else you’d rather be. I know I’ve spent vast amounts of time feeling this way, even if I didn’t realize consciously what was at play.

    Your mention of “extreme faith” reminds me of a sermon the reverend at my old church once gave. He was talking about sin being anything that makes you turn away from Christ, and that there are dangers in getting too caught up in the peripheral aspects of church life, and in letting one’s “religion” become little more than empty ritual with Christian window dressing. And so he ended the sermon with a line that has stuck with me ever since: “Don’t let religion get in the way of your faith.”


  2. Thanks James…most of what I write is aimed directly back at me. I write what I need to hear, or as I have heard said a preacher preaches best what he needs most in his own life.


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