April 28    

Today's quotation:

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

Eleonora Duse

Today's Meditation:

I feel very grateful that things such as Eleonora mentions do move me, do make me feel a sense of amazement at just how full of wonder this world is.  And when I do feel that way, I know for sure that my soul is alive, and I'm very grateful for that blessing.  But I often wonder what I would do if that weren't the case--just how might I go about bringing my soul to life?

I believe that in this sense, it may be more appropriate and accurate to make the distinction between the soul being awake or asleep, rather than alive or dead.  Or perhaps we're so busy that we've put our spirit in the closet until we have more time for it, and it's trapped in the dark rather than flying free in the light.  This way of looking at it doesn't give the finality of death-- it leaves the revival of our spirits to us as a choice, one that we can make whenever we want to live a spirit-filled life rather than walking the paths that we've allowed others to push us down.

Some days I don't let my spirit wake completely--as Longfellow said many years ago, "some days must be dreary."  Perhaps I feel down or tired, or perhaps something has happened that keeps me preoccupied.  But I always have faith that such a state is temporary, because I know that I have the choice to awaken my spirit and live through its guidance whenever I want to do so.  Down times will happen, but they don't define me.

Right now I see the late afternoon sunlight on the pine tree outside our door, just ten feet from where I'm sitting.  It's a sight that reminds me of the beauty and wonder of this world, and I'm grateful that I'm able to feel the appreciation deep inside me for this incredible work of art and life that's so close to me, all the time.

Questions to consider:

Would you say that your soul is generally awake or asleep?

How might we go about awakening our souls when we've put them to sleep?

What kinds of things bring you the realization that your soul is alive?

For further thought:

Our rushing and our busyness create a fog layer that encloses us, surrounding us with thicker and thicker layers externally and building denser and denser fog layers within.  Pretty soon, we have lost touch with that which guides our lives.  We need contact with our spirituality to be the people we would like to be.

Anne Wilson Schaef

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