What is the difference between mind and soul? And what does mindset mean?

What is the difference between mind and soul? And what is a mindset?

In self-care, the terms 'body, mind and soul' are common. The difference between mind and soul is not always clear. What is the meaning of mindset? These terms are often used interchangeably.

When we talk about mind, it is about your mind. Your mind consists of beliefs, thoughts and emotions. While soul, also called a spirit, is about spirituality. That doesn't have to have anything to do with religion or floating.

First, let's look at the term mind. The mind consists of the collection of thoughts, emotions and beliefs . Think of it as a kind of 'the cloud', but in your head.

The mindset is the way of thinking and will express itself in the attitude and opinion of a person. It stands for the way you think about yourself and what qualities you have. If you want to change your mindset you first have to work on your mind. Our beliefs in particular influence our thinking.

Beliefs are the things and positions we believe. Opinions that we take for granted. Beliefs can be substantiated by facts, but often not. They are not necessarily truths. Beliefs have a strong influence on our behavior and how we feel. They give meaning to the world around us.  

"You either control your mind, or it controls you.

- Napolein Hill

We can work on our mind by recognizing and changing negative thinking patterns . In the article what are affirmations explains how negative beliefs arise from incorrect programming. This faulty programming is caused by negative experiences and influences from your environment such as the people in your life.

Programming your mind

By working on our mindset you will understand yourself better and you can also deal with challenges better. When you recognize and change negative thinking patterns, there is room for more positivity and self-development.

Professor Carol Dweck distinguishes between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset . People with a fixed mindset think that their qualities are unchangeable. They think talent is innate. Making mistakes is not a learning moment, but a failure. While a people with a growth mindset assume that you can always get better and love challenges. Making mistakes is part of it, because you can learn from that. What a difference! Which mindset do you think is better?

The great thing is you can work on your mindset: even if you suffer from a fixed mindset. You can work on your mind by, for example, meditating and thus literally calming all your (negative) thoughts, analyzing your own thoughts and behavior by writing in a journal or by saying affirmations aloud. So self-care for the mind.

Spirituality mysterious?

Spirituality is about animate life: conscious and meaningful . Spiritual self care leads to meaning, inner growth, acceptance and connection. It is about the connection with something bigger than yourself and also with yourself. It is nothing mysterious unless you consider yourself a mysterious being.

The confusion arises because the word spirituality is derived from the Latin word 'spirit' and that means spirit. We have just said that mind can also be called mind. But I make the distinction here that the mind is about thoughts and the soul is about spirituality .

Developing spirituality will bring the following benefits to your life:

  • More self-esteem and appreciation through better contact with yourself.
  • Looking at yourself and the world around you differently.
  • Realize that you are unique and enough as a person.
  • More peace by letting go of unnecessary things

In short, for an optimal self-care routine it is important to pay attention to both your mind and your soul.

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I also thought that self-care is an evening on the couch, with the necessary refreshments. Through yoga and meditation I found out that self-care involves much more. Since a year I started to seriously investigate what self-care is. You can read about these findings in my blogs. Don't forget to browse the webshop with jewelry that contributes to a positive mindset !

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