Posts tagged ‘essence’

May 13, 2014

Soul: fire and clay and everything in between

From the novel The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd:

Soul. The word rebounded in me, and I wondered, as I often had, what it was exactly. People talked about it all the time, but did anybody actually know? Sometimes I’d pictured it like a pilot light burning inside a person — a drop of fire from the invisible inferno people called God. Or a squashy substance, like a piece of clay or dental mold, which collected the sum a person’s experiences — a million indentations of happiness, desperation, fear, all the small piercings of beauty we’ve ever known.

Soul. What is yours made of?

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September 19, 2013

A place where everything else falls away . . .

I can associate with these words from Claire Fontaine, co-author of the book Have Mother, Will Travel:

Silence and solitude are as necessary to me as air. It’s where anything false about me falls away and I’m only and ever my most essential self, as true and powerful as we all are at our core.

Beautiful. In today’s ever-moving, ever-talking society, it can sometimes be difficult to find that silence and solitude, that air for the soul. But it is there, if you look for it. It is in the peace and serenity of a solitary walk in nature, the sun warming your skin and magnifying the sights and smells of the life around you. It is in a quiet evening at home, candles lit, a carefully prepared dinner for one on the table before you. It is in your breath, gentle and nourishing, as it glides through your body when you wake up in the morning, when you go to bed at night, and at all points in between. It is there, if you look for it, and if you make space for it. It is there, always.