Definition of soul

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The Soul – Some quotes

 

“Stillness is vital to the world of the soul”

“The recovery of soul in our times is vital in healing our disconnection”

John O’Donohue

 

 

 

“This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know…. That the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”

Mary Oliver

 

 

“By ‘soul’ I mean the vital, mysterious and wild core of our individual selves, an essence unique to each person, qualities found in layers of the self, much deeper than our personalities”

“Soul is what is most wild and natural within us”

Bill Plotkin

 

 

Soul as “the one life you can call your own”

Or “shape that waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky”

David Whyte

 

 

“The soul wants to keep us rooted in the ground of our own being, resisting the tendency of other faculties, like the intellect and ego, to uproot us from who we are.

The soul wants to keep us connected to the community in which we find life, for it understands that relationships are necessary if we are to thrive.

The soul wants to tell us the truth about ourselves, our world, and the relation between the two, whether that truth is easy or hard to hear.

The soul wants to give us life, and wants us to pass that gift along,

To become life-givers in a world that deals too much death.”

 

“Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places.  I learned about these qualities during my bouts with depression.  In that deadly darkness, the faculties I had always depended on collapsed.  My intellect was useless; my emotions were dead; my will was impotent; my ego was shattered. But from time to time, deep in the thickets of my inner wilderness, I could sense the presence of something that knew how to stay alive even when the rest of me wanted to die.  That something was my tough and tenacious soul.”

Palmer J. Parker

 

 

Even the universe has a soul, and we call that soul ‘spirit’.

 

What is ‘soul’ for you….?

For me my soul is the part of me which was around before I was conceived, and will move on when my body dies. It is strong and giant like, resilient and determined, soft and vulnerable, shy and cute. 

 

The main way to create a safe place for my soul to show itself is in being still in a remote place outdoors, the wilder the better. It shows up when I am not expecting anything. Other ways which facilitate its presence include music, transdance, and being in a group of like minded people where there is trust and acceptance.

The Soul – Some quotes

 

“Stillness is vital to the world of the soul”

“The recovery of soul in our times is vital in healing our disconnection”

John O’Donohue

 

 

 

“This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know…. That the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”

Mary Oliver

 

 

“By ‘soul’ I mean the vital, mysterious and wild core of our individual selves, an essence unique to each person, qualities found in layers of the self, much deeper than our personalities”

“Soul is what is most wild and natural within us”

Bill Plotkin

 

 

Soul as “the one life you can call your own”

Or “shape that waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky”

David Whyte

 

 

“The soul wants to keep us rooted in the ground of our own being, resisting the tendency of other faculties, like the intellect and ego, to uproot us from who we are.

The soul wants to keep us connected to the community in which we find life, for it understands that relationships are necessary if we are to thrive.

The soul wants to tell us the truth about ourselves, our world, and the relation between the two, whether that truth is easy or hard to hear.

The soul wants to give us life, and wants us to pass that gift along,

To become life-givers in a world that deals too much death.”

 

“Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places.  I learned about these qualities during my bouts with depression.  In that deadly darkness, the faculties I had always depended on collapsed.  My intellect was useless; my emotions were dead; my will was impotent; my ego was shattered. But from time to time, deep in the thickets of my inner wilderness, I could sense the presence of something that knew how to stay alive even when the rest of me wanted to die.  That something was my tough and tenacious soul.”

Palmer J. Parker

 

 

Even the universe has a soul, and we call that soul ‘spirit’.

 

What is ‘soul’ for you….?

For me my soul is the part of me which was around before I was conceived, and will move on when my body dies. It is strong and giant like, resilient and determined, soft and vulnerable, shy and cute. 

 

The main way to create a safe place for my soul to show itself is in being still in a remote place outdoors, the wilder the better. It shows up when I am not expecting anything. Other ways which facilitate its presence include music, transdance, and being in a group of like minded people where there is trust and acceptance.

live with hope

We are all called to be true to our truth regardless of outcome. The challenge is to be in touch with our very soul and facilitate its’ task on this earth. Sometimes we live our truth at great cost to ourselves and end up misunderstood and apparently defeated. To all those who find this their experience, I hope they find great hope and encouragement in the following poem:

A Vision

If we will have the wisdom to survive

To stand like slow-growing trees

On a ruined place, renewing, enriching it

Then a long time after we are dead

The lives our lives prepare will live

Here, their houses strongly placed

Upon the valley sides, fields and gardens

Rich in the windows. The river will run

Clear, as we will never know it,

And over it, birdsong like a canopy….

On the steeps where greed and ignorance cut down

The old forest, an old forest will stand

Its rich leaf-fall drifting on its roots,

The veins of forgotten springs will have opened.

Families will be singing in the fields.

In their voices they will hear a music

Risen out of the ground…..

Memory,

Native to this valley will spread over it

Like a grove, and memory will grow

Into legend, legend into song, song

Into sacrament. The abundance of this place,

The songs of its people and its birds,

Will be health and wisdom and indwelling

Light. This is no paradise dream.

Its hardship is its possibility.

 

Wendell Barry “A Vision”

 

Fear

I will not die an unlived life

I will not live in fear

Of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

To allow my living to open me,

To make me less afraid,

More accessible;

To loosen my heart

Until it becomes a wing,

A torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my signifance,

To live so that which came to me as seed

Goes to the next as blossom,

And that which came to me as blossom,

Goes on as fruit

(Dawna Markova)

Spirituality In The Helping Professions

Date: Saturday 23rd November

Venue: Family Life Centre, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Time: 10am – 5pm

Booking:  Family Life Centre 0719663000

 

What sustains you?

What gives you life?

What nourishes your soul at work and at home?

If these are questions that speak to you, you may be interested in coming along to a workshop in the Family Life Centre in Boyle.  It is aimed primarily at people who work as carers, social workers, nurses, doctors, therapists, religious, and will involve spending a few hours reflecting on your work and motivation, and finding ways to nourish that.

 

Participants will be facilitated during this presentation to clarify for themselves a spirituality which gives them life and peace amid the storms that emerge in daily living, and to make contact with the “inner well” that sustains you.  People will get in touch with your passion, a key way of making contact with one’s soul.

The day will involve input, experiential work including guided meditation, discussion and some outdoor experience – weather permitting.

 

 

Whatever has happened in your life up till now, what you may have believed in or hoped for or dreamed of, remember that all this is in the past. A new life, a new chance, now awaits you. You have only to reach out and take it. But remember: you yourself must do the reaching. Though the way calls, it will not come on its own accord. It is up to you to take the first step”. (The Five Stages of the Soul, Moody and Carroll)

 

 

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