Much of what we do today disguises a search for meaning in our lives, a search for soul.
We spend so much time rushing around being regularly busy people that we have forgotten ‘how to be.’ We have lost touch with our soul.
According to the soul guru Thomas Moore ‘loss of soul’ is the greatest malady of the western world. If you are interested in reading in depth about the soul I would suggest Moore’s book ‘Care of the Soul’ for starters.
As young people starting out in life we strive to adapt to a materialistic society which says that we must have a good job, a nice house and plenty of money to spend. And yet something is missing. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but our lives have no real meaning. We have become strangers to ourselves.
Of course we need to work, we need to have a decent place to live and we need money to spend but our lives are out of balance. We do need to function in the world, and yet as we fulfil our ego – self we must also allow our soul – self to speak. The ego plays a shallow game without the soul to back it up.
I think of the soul as an inner core that we can build upon. A soul foundation of love, respect, wisdom and knowledge that is within us, if we allow ourselves to access it. Meditation is a great way to access our soul. See Eric Harrison’s site for the practice of meditation.http://www.perthmeditationcentre.com.au/eric.htm
Just as I am writing this, what should come into my mail box but a really soul centred posting which you must read. This brought tears to my eyes. It is a post from Yaro Starak a successful blogger and entrepreneur. http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/7290/the-day-my-life-changed/
Let me share some of the ways you may be able to find your soul.
- stop being busy, take time out, do nothing.
- go to a meditation class.
- meditate regularly.
- take a daily walk immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
- visit a friend or loved one you have not seen in a while.
- give your mother a ring to check she is ok.
- smile at strangers in the street, do not worry if they don’t smile back.
- open your heart to what pains you and cry regularly, you will feel so much better.
- look inside, become familiar with who you truly are.
- learn to accept yourself.
- learn to like yourself
- learn to love yourself.
We must not be afraid to diminish our ego-centred life and rest in the sanctity of our soul.