The Mind Of The Soul

May 26, 2010 by  
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I really like the below blog posted on the Huffington Post today by Dr. Judith Rich.  Among many things it talks about the importance of embracing our pain and difficulties by acknowledging and giving them the room they need.  That is not to say we should be depressed and anxious.  But what we should do is let the pain breathe instead of wanting to bury it with money, sex, drugs, partying or whatever else we use to hide our hurts.  Only by giving enough room to pain, making friends with it, do we come to understand ourselves and not suffer so much.  We learn to make the pain be part of our existence and experience rather than be destroyed by it and the result and wisdom.

The soul is not interested in homes and cars but is interested in experiences and beliefs.  And they include everything and anything.

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Soulful Living: Why Is It Cultivating The Soul So Painful

“Everyone should know that you can’t live in any other way than by cultivating the soul.” – Apuleius, Roman writer

Several readers responded to last week’s post, How To Know The Way Of The Soul, with observations that their own soul’s process was extremely painful. One reader asked, ” Does it always have to be so painful?” while another wondered, “How can I stop this pain?”

Thomas Moore, author of Care Of The Soul, writes:

Care of the soul speaks to the longings we feel and to the symptoms that drive us crazy, but it is not a path away from shadow or death. A soulful personality is complicated, multifaceted, and shaped by both pain and pleasure, success and failure. Life lived soulfully is not without its moments of darkness and periods of foolishness.

Soul is the font of who we are, and yet it is far beyond our capacity to devise and to control. We can cultivate, tend, enjoy, and participate in the things of the soul, but we can’t outwit it or manage it or shape it to the designs of a willful ego…Continued

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