Saint Theophan raises this questions when he writes, "I think many people do not live as they should, because they think that rules about the worthwhile life are outwardly imposed, and, not springing from man's very nature."
The answer is that the relationship of the soul and the body is out of balance. The problem develops when the physical, carnal and sensual life of the body becomes our main focus. We tend to seek the gratification only of our physical needs forgetting our spiritual needs. We mix the basic needs we have for survival for the needs we have to reach for our spiritual needs - our salvation or union with God. We try to fulfill our spiritual needs mistakenly by over gratification of physical demands. We are overtaken, as Saint Theophan explains, "by a one-sided relationship, which comes from a certain inner compulsion, which is found in it as a sort of instinct, creature-love, love for the body, the desire to maintain the comfort of the body and obtain all that is needed for it."
We find we are not free because we are always chasing after physical needs to satisfy those which are not physical; at the same time those around us are doing exactly the same thing. The minds and spirits of these people are inevitably famished, if not completely deadened, stopped up, and immersed in sensuality.
Source: The Spiritual Life, p 45-48
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