Forward Friday: Where Physics Meets Metaphysics
Posted by Laura K. Cavanaugh
If you’ve ever had a philosophy class, you probably know that we get the word “metaphysics” from the placement of books on Aristotle’s bookshelf. Next to the book he titled Physics was another book without a title, so scholars came to refer to the book as meta-Physics or the-book-after-Physics-on-the-shelf.
As far back as Plato, there has been a conscious separation of the physical and spiritual, as though the two were not intimately intertwined. One of the profound experiences of the Lenten season is the remarriage between the physical and the spiritual through the spiritual discipline of fasting. We’ve been talking a lot this week about how fasting allows us to experience our spirituality in a physical way.
1) For this Forward Friday, reflect on how your chosen Lenten fast joins the physical and spiritual sides of your experience together. Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
2) If you haven’t chosen to observe Lent this year, try choosing to fast for the weekend and come back to share what you noticed about the link between your spiritual and physical life.
About Laura K. CavanaughI'm a writer, spiritual director, and advocate of holistic body theology.
Posted on March 2, 2012, in Forward Friday, Physicality, Spirituality and tagged Aristotle, Fasting, Lent, Metaphysics, Physics, Plato, Religion & Spirituality, Spiritual practice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.