Photo of a women sitting cross-legged with a bright purple light/aura in the middle of her body

What if what folks saw was your soul, not your body? What would they think? How would you present? What would YOU see in the mirror? What would you choose to work on? Less time in the gym, more time reading inspirational/growth/spiritual books? More time on the balcony reflecting? Journalling? Would you type switch from ‘tall, dark and handsome to creative, kind and self-aware’?* No status symbols or expressions of rank or position to wear, no clothing to express our place in the world. Just us. What would we talk about, how would we approach people, get to know them? How would our value systems change; both as individuals and as a society?

Closing Quotes:

“I’m not a body with a soul. I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body.” – Paulo Coelho, b. 1947, ‘The Alchemist’

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis, 1898-1963, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘The Screwtape Letters’

“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how different our ideals of beauty would be.” – Lauren Jauregui, b. 1996, singer/songwriter

“The beautiful souls of the world have an art of saintly alchemy, by which bitterness is converted into kindness, the gall of human experience into gentleness, ingratitude into benefits, insults into pardon.” – Henri Frederic Amiel, 1821-1881

* I owe the inspiration for this blog to essay 47 in Brianna Wiest’s ‘101 Essays that will Change the Way You Think’

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier