Like most everything else, your soul is only as strong as it is nurtured. The adage “Energy flows where focus goes” is certainly true here. Folks, once beyond the very bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (Oxygen, water, food, sleep, shelter, and reasonable security re continuation of same), your soul is all that really matters. Soul covers purpose and meaning, and that pulls in family and friends, contribution and growth, hopefully to our fullest potential. Material possessions and earthly pleasures are nice, and I am as fond of them as any BUT they will not, cannot, hold you tight on a lonely night nor walk by your side as you traverse life’s darker valleys nor share the joy of a Christmas morning.
Drinking deep at sources of inspiration, journaling, reading or listening to books of insight and illumination, mediation and reflection: done faithfully and with good heart all strengthen your soul, keep you aligned with your true purpose, your personal North Star, add meaning and significance to your life. In time, with humble diligence, you will acquire genuine wisdom and your life and example will be a light unto others.
“The Soul should always stand ajar.” – Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886
“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – C. S. Lewis, 1898-1863, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Anglou, 1928-2014, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” – Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’, ‘Les Misérables’
“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.” – Deepak Chopra, b. 1946
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier