The soul has a slow and dark birth, more mysterious than the birth of the body. When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets thrown at it to keep it from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion… I shall try to fly by those nets. – James Joyce
Where we are born defines a great deal of our life, but all those characterizations are impermanent. We self-identify with many things throughout our lives. Our hobbies and leisure activities illustrate shades of our inner life. But there is a much deeper aspect of our identity – the Soul.
In an instant the soul congeals from out of the Infinite. The soul embodies the Great Mystery and if we are resolute our spirit will lead us back to the shining light from whence we emerged and return to. We must soar above the conditions that bind and prevent us from being our utmost.
We all are blessed with this life. Our sustaining soul connects us forever to the eternal and must slip through the nets of limitations placed upon us. I don’t want to sound like one of those so-called inspirational “you can do it” “be all you can be” empty platitudes. All too often those sort of “reach for the stars” platitudes fall flat. Your soul, your essence, is defined by your deeds and your inner thoughts. As Shakespeare said, To thine own self be true. Be your real self. Follow your soul’s guidance.
Calm your mind and silence your thoughts every day. Strengthen your connection to your soul through meditation and authentic actions. The light will shine brighter in your heart and give wings to your soul. Stay healthy and safe these days.