We are not human beings having
experience. We are
spiritual beings having a
Teilhard de Chardin
for the purposes of these pages, "soul" and
"spirit" are treated as synonyms.
Sadly, some people
wait until they have a heart attack or ulcers,
or have a
teenage child who gets into trouble, or until their
or the like, to attend to their soul
needs. The disastrous experience
pushes them to it. But you don't have to wait for disaster. You
yourself to the possibility
of nourishing your
soul, and you can make it a
priority. Take careful
stock of the way
you spend your life energies doing
things that are not so nourishing. Often,
middle adult years especially,
people find that they have
being productive in some task-oriented
some way in which their souls
were excluded. The
everyday life--taking the kids to
paying the bills, doing the grocery
the stuff that life requires
of mature adults--expand to
fill the entire life.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
great spiritual event befalls those who do not summon it.
paralyzing effect of fear makes us as helpless as babies and
blinds us to the truth that God didnít send us here to be powerless
but to become powerful initiators.
We are spiritual beings having an
earthly experience, and we have the power to break the cycle of
that is fueling a very dangerous world.
Itís not only possible, itís why we are here.
Unrest of spirit is a mark of
Whether you know it or not, one of the most
important relationships in
your life is with your Soul. Will you be kind and loving to your Soul,
you be harsh and difficult? Many of us unknowingly
our Souls with our negative attitudes and actions
or by simple neglect.
By making the relationship
with your Soul an important part of your
by honoring it in your daily routine, you give your life
and substance. Use your experiences--all
them--as opportunities to nourish your Soul!
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I believe that
humans will not merely
endure: they will prevail.
They are immortal, not
because they alone among creatures have
voice, but because they have souls,
spirits capable of
compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
Spirit lives when man dies
The spirit lives
Man is tethered
Spirit is free
What spirit is, man can be
(from The Waterboys' This Is the Sea)
believe that each of us was put on this earth to fulfill
her potential for humanity,
and the soul is that
part of us that
makes us truly human. The soul is what
makes a human being
a human being and not simply
another creature on God's earth.
The soul is not a
physical entity, but instead refers to everything
us that is not
physical--our values, memories, identity,
sense of humor. Since the soul represents
of the human
being that are not physical, it cannot get
sick, it cannot die,
cannot disappear. In short,
the soul is immortal.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Everything science has taught me--and
to teach me--
strengthens my belief in the
continuity of our spiritual
existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace.
Wernher von Braun
you need is deep within you waiting to unfold
itself. All you have to do is
be still and take
time to seek what is within,
and you will surely find it.
Delve within; within is the
fountain of good,
and it is always ready to bubble up, if
you always delve.
Spirituality is an
inner fire, a mystical sustenance that feeds our souls.
The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a
at our center. The purpose of the
religious experience is to develop
the eyes by which we
see this inner flame, and our capacity to live
mystery. In its presence, we are warmed and ignited.
When too far from the blaze, we are cold and
lifeless. We are less than human
without that heat.
Our connection to God is life
have a soul. You are a soul.
You have a body.
not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life
that ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can
be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth,
that the bedrock of our very being is firm.
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We can bring our spiritual practice into the
streets, into our
communities, when we see each realm as a temple, as
a place to discover that which is sacred.
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looks like folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the
people in the family even though you've had a rough day.
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attitude to life is spiritual--a feeling of identification with all
all mankind, all life, the whole of the past, the whole of the
spirit is a being of nature quite indestructible and its
from eternity to eternity. It is like
the sun, which seems to set only
to our earthly eyes, but which,
in reality, never sets,
but shines on unceasingly.
Wolfgang von Goethe
When I use the
word spirituality, I don't necessarily mean religion;
I mean whatever it is that helps you feel connected to something
that is larger than yourself.
The balance and peace we seek for
ourselves and our society wonít be achieved
through mental effort alone. Mind
and spirit are meant to travel together,
with spirit leading the way. Until
we make a conscious commitment to understand
and embrace our spiritual nature, we will endure the ache of living
the awareness and guidance of the most essential part of ourselves.
Susan L. Taylor
data, things, people, ideas, "profound experiences,"
never penetrating any of them. . . But there are other times.
There are times when we stop.
We sit still. We
in a pile of leaves or its memory.
We listen and breezes
from a whole other world begin to whisper.
patient with everyone, but above all with yourself.
I mean, do not
be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up
bravely from a fall.
I am glad that you make a daily new beginning;
there is no better means of progress in the spiritual life than to be
continually beginning afresh, and never to think
that we have done
St. Francis de Sales
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Soul is what gives us the life
energy that carries us through the mundane
of the daily life to the most meaningful dimensions of life. The
not that we didn't get enough soul to make life meaningful; the problem
that the soul is what we are required to nurture in ourselves.
All we get is the raw material to make one.
Seeing with Our Souls
The spiritual life is, at root, a matter of
seeing. It is all of life
seen from a certain
perspective. It is waking, sleeping, dreaming,
eating, drinking, working, loving,
relaxing, recreating, walking,
sitting, standing, and breathing. . . . spirit suffuses
the spiritual life is simply life, wherever and whatever,
seen from the vantage point of spirit.
we reside within Godís spirit and Godís spirit resides within us,
we are, quite literally, surrounded by and infused with the
we may frequently fail to recognize Godís presence.
And this surrounding,
infusing spirit of God is fully and irreversibly committed to the well
of creation and to its ongoing transformation.
Furthermore, the divine spirit
is intimately and actively involved in your life, in my life, and in
this noisy, restless, bewildering age, there is a great need for
of spirit. Even in our communion with God we are so busy presenting our
asking for help,
seeking relief that we leave no moments
of silence to listen for Godís
By practice we can learn to submerge our spirits
beneath the turbulent
surface waves of life and reach that depth of our
all is still,
where no storms can reach us.
Here only can we forget the
material world and its demands on us.
Alice Hegan Rice
Itís tempting, when faced with a flaw of the
spirit or other growth issue,
to pray for and expect immediate change.
Sometimes it happens. But
and confused we feel if our prayers donít bring the instant relief we
During such times, itís good to remember that all facets of our
traits we love about ourselves or those we want to improveóare part of
God-created being. Even our
less-than-desirable parts are there for a reason
and contain His lessons for us. When
change seems to come slowly, donít
give up hope. Consider that
the timetable for your growth is in the Lordís hands.
Continue your daily communion with God and trust your spirit to be
healed in His time.
The spirit of the
human being is an inward flame, a lamp
the world blows upon but never puts out.
you aware that your spirit needs to be fed?
Did you know that
your spirit would be delighted to partake in a feast of spiritual
How about a plate full of prayer?
Or maybe a few hours of succulent
Perhaps a piping-hot selection of spiritual literature,
served by the side of a lake or under a tree, would satisfy your
Can you imagine feasting for a few hours on spiritually
What about some forgiveness ŗ la mode, topped
You cannot imagine how much your spirit would enjoy it.
one can give a definition of the soul. But we know what it feels
The soul is the sense of something higher than ourselves, something that
stirs in us thoughts, hopes, and aspirations which go out to the world
goodness, truth and beauty. The soul is a burning desire to
this world of light and never to lose it--to remain children of light.
Reverence for Life
of religious leaders and religious media people can
be sensitive to the physical starvation of people around the world, for
which they are to be commended, but they seem so often to be
totally insensitive to the much more devastating spiritual starvation
of people in their neighborhood, for whom they are immediately
responsible. Rarely do you hear clergy talk about spirituality, or
teach their people the ways of prayer and how to develop a deeper
intimacy with God. . . . The world of the spirit is the substance of
and the pilgrim's path through that world is devoid of expert guides.
Joseph F. Girzone
From the standpoint of our
spiritual development, it might be important for us
to realize that we came from an unknown somewhere; we brought with us an
attained state of consciousness; and while we are here, we are expanding
consciousness. From some perspectives, it may seem that we are
giant strides, but from the greater overview, our quantity of spiritual
is smaller than Ptolemy's knowledge of astronomy!
Worldwide Laws of Life
most intimate motions within the depths of our souls are not
completely our own. For they belong also to our friends, to
to the universe, and the Ground of all being, the aim of our life.
The Shaking of the Foundations
Let a person only approach his
or her own self with a deep respect, even
reverence for all that the creative soul, the God-mystery within us,
Then we shall all be sound and free. . . . The creative spontaneous soul
sends forth its promptings of desire and aspiration in us. These
are our true fate, which is our business to fulfill. A fate
dictated from outside,
from theory or from circumstance, is a false fate.
The danger is not lest the soul
should doubt whether there is any bread,
but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall
into old habits. When things are not going well, when I'm grumpy
I'll realize that I've not been paying attention to my soul
and I've not been following my best routine.
Handbook for the Soul
Let there be many
windows in your soul,
That all the glory of the universe may beautify it.