A new acquaintance steeped in medical theory, was trying to convince me that physical health precedes mental and spiritual health. “I need to workout at the gym to keep my physical body healthy so that I can stay healthy in mind and spirit,” he argued.
His logic was backward, I pointed out. When one is healthy in mind and spirit, the physical body governed by that mind and spirit will be healthy too. If your “mind and spirit,” inspire you to workout at the gym, then so be it, I added. But the health you experience is not coming from the body. It’s coming from the Mind and Spirit of God that govern and created you in the first place.
It’s a common mistake, people believing health is physical, rather than spiritual. As Mary Baker Eddy pointed out in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The mental state is called a material state” (p. 411). But it’s always a mental state. What mortal mind calls a physical body, is a mental state. The best way to keep it in a good shape, is through healthy spiritual thinking and understanding of God.
Health is spiritual, not physical. It manifests itself as a healthy physical body, but the source of the health is never the body. It’s the Mind governing the body.
Seek mental and spiritual health above all else. The physical will follow.