from the shadows

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How do we go about nurturing our soul on a day-to-day basis? A soul is an embryo in us that needs to be nurtured and nourished. The soul in its young and embryonic form- and in all of its stages- needs and desires something very different from what the sociobiological self needs. It has a different set of values. It doesn’t want the pleasures and satisfactions that we as an ego want. It wants something that the ego finds mysterious and incomprehensible. What it needs, at least partly, is experiences of truth. The soul needs to take in, like food, experiences of truth about oneself and the world. When we allow in the experiences of ourselves and others as they really are, the soul is being nourished. Attitude is the most important thing, but it’s not easy. It’s difficult to have an attitude toward life that no matter what happens, all we experience is for our inner growth. But it’s the sine qua non- the most important thing to have. We can’t depend on external things to give what can only come from inside. Viktor Frankl managed to nourish his soul even under the hellish conditions of Nazi concentration camps. That’s a shining example of what’s possible in terms of inner attitude.  ~Jacob Needleman

those flowing moments come from the heart of all our choices in this life….enlightened and not so enlightened….all of it gets to be here……all of it matters…..

Become aware of how deprived your life is of sources of joy, sources of beauty, and sources of creativity, which are all soul sources. Find the silent parts of yourself, the parts of you that have atrophied from disuse: ask yourself, What gave me pleasure as a child? Go down into your unconscious and reconnect with dismembered parts of yourself that were important. Remember and reconnect with what really gave you pleasure when you were younger and had more time, for going back to it may lead you to soul. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. When you attend to the needs of the soul, you experience a sense of freedom.  ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

original heart

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

~Rumi

2 thoughts on “from the shadows

  1. In reading Mans Search For Meaning, I think Viktor Frankel did what he needed to do to survive, and only later realize it was soul nourishment that helped save him. It is rare that we find a heart capable of touching the sky … His was one of them …

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