Why do you hasten to remove what hurts your eyes; but if any thing gnaws upon your mind, do you defer the time of curing it from year to year?
How is it that an addict will refuse to change their damaging behaviors, yet if they had a splinter in their hand, they would remove it immediately?
We are much more than our physical selves; we are a spiritual being–with mind, body, and soul all in connection.
Nevertheless, we are often quick to forget this relationship and ignore the aches and needs of our soul.
We often tend to be outward looking in life–we labor over our body’s appearance, we look for approval from others, and we look for happiness from money and things.
But all these things are temporal and fleeting. Why, then, are we unable to protect our souls in the same way we protect our hair with shampoos and conditioners, or our teeth with toothpaste and floss?
Are not they truly the more important part of who we are?
Part of the issue for many of us is that we have not learned how to recognize such problems or the harm they do.
Another issue is that even after we do recognize them, we have a tendency to rationalize, minimize, and even deny, their effects on us. “I can quit whenever I want,” or “I will quit after this one last time,” or “I really need this.” By postponing the cure, we put ourselves in harm’s way.
🌺 Our souls are precious things. If we chose to live as soulless creatures, simply making our ways through each day without thinking about how we will nourish and care for our spirit, we will damage our souls. 🌺
And unlike a cut or a sore, we cannot visibly see the damage that is done to the soul, we can only feel it. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we ensure that our behaviors are appropriate for who we are and who we want to be.
Today Take some time to tend to and heal your soul.
Questions to consider:
Why is it often hard to see any damage that we might be doing to our souls?
How might we take stock of the condition of our souls in order to care for them well?
Are you a spiritual being, or simply a physical being? Do you act like one?
Many of us unknowingly damage our Souls with our negative attitudes and actions or by simple neglect. By making the relationship with your Soul an important part of your life, however, by honoring it in your daily routine, you give your life greater meaning and substance. Use your experiences–all of them–as opportunities to nourish your Soul!