Soul Sisters

The word soul refers not only to the non physical part of womankind but also the physical part.  In its most basic sense,the word soul means “life.” The soul is the center of many spiritual and emotional experiences and is our horizontal view with the world. In essence it is the deep part of our being that connects our inner self with the world around us.  The soul can experience ‘spirituality’ in the form of deep joy such as true love in relationships, beauty, nature, the arts to name a few.  When the spirit and soul are both in unity the results are spectacularly awesome!

If you live at a superficial level trying to find quick fixes, you won’t be able to hear the sound of your soul speaking to you. However, if you quiet your mind, and tune in to that still small voice, you can listen to what it is saying. You might even be surprised at the depth of meaning you hear.  There may be allsorts of thoughts that come to mind about relationships, appreciation of beauty and nature, purpose and meaning in your life.  It is this very profound level of thinking that causes many to avoid listening in the first place.  They are afraid of what they might see; afraid of being confronted with a life devoid of ignificance, aimlessly traveling through time and beyond.

Before you feel totally depressed, let me share the good news.  And what fabulous news it is too. No matter what your current level of fulfillment or life satisfaction, you can choose a higher level.  There is an infinite quota for fullness.  The brain, as already discussed in ‘Mind Blowing’, influences our thoughts and feelings. In relation to purpose and meaning, it is the anterior part of the frontal lobe.  When there is a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives, this part of the brain is active. It is interesting to note that in people with depression, this part of the brain shows little activity.

My husband told me a true story of a lady, let’s call her Diana, who was on the verge of suicide.  She agreed to see a coach.  As a result, Diana’s thinking revealed that she was entirely focused on what her life was not and the lack of meaning in it.  The coach asked Diana questions which prompted her to think about what was good in her life in the past.  She had been an artist but due to a variety of circumstances she no longer painted. What Diana hadn’t realised was that without art in her life, there was no passion, no purpose, no meaning.  The coach encouraged her to start painting again. With in a very short time, Diana’s whole persona changed.  She smiled more, her step quickened- joy was back in her life.  She began to teach art to students who went on to blossom. Very quickly Diana’s life had moved from despair to delight and then onto significance. Her soul was ‘alive’ connecting with her own essence and giving out of it to others.  There in lies the key to a contented soul-giving.

The soul is awakened when we first recognise our own passions, joys and delights. By being true to ourselves we can connect with the world around us.  It is strengthened and taken to a new level when we focus on giving of ourselves to others from its resources. It is therefore essential to keep our passion for life alive because only when we search for significance in our lives can our soul be truly satisfied.

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