The different domains of practice inform and strengthen one another. My spiritual practice involves my mind, my mind is invigorated by the practice of my body, my body is relaxed by the stilling of my emotions, etc.
The book Spark discusses the connection between aerobic exercise and cognition. In nearly all of his books, Mortimer Adler explores the relation between a liberal education and “the good life.” Plato thought mathematics so important that he inscribed above the door to his Academy the words, “Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here.”
Life is a systemic network of connections between disparate entities, even in our own quintessence. We function best as chorus singing in harmony, whether as facets of the self, or as facets of the community.
When one part grows out of control, or out of balance, a cancer develops. Unregulated growth is almost the very definition of cancer.
Oftentimes we want to group like with like. We may seek out those who share our interests, our beliefs, our culture, etc. I have talked at some length about doing that very thing in this blog.
However we need the balance of opposites to keep our lives in proportion, to give perspective to our world view, to bring our melody into harmony with the world around us.
Wisdom is a melting pot of praxis, of faith, of art. It is seeing, listening, and feeling at multiple levels, with multiple modalities. It invites challenge, invites discussion, and allows for disagreement.
Seek out a variety of voices to sing in your group.