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Love and the Care of Soul

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, June 17, 2015

love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength

Love and the Care of Soul

How do I nourish my soul? Let me count the ways.

Today’s chapter from Handbook for the Soul tells me. More on how to nourish the soul. Yes, Gerald Jampolsky repeats some of what the other writers have said. However, he also had a different take on this nourishment. Simplifying our lives and bringing balance by disciplining “my mind so that the peace of God is my only goal.” [1]

I was struck by these two activities, simplifying and bringing balance, and by their corollary. The peace of God.

As Jampolsky ticks off the important ways he suggests to nourish the soul, I was intrigued that he mentioned a woman with no arms. An angry woman, who felt rejected by all, including her family. Art was a saving grace for her, as it is for many.

The garden is also mentioned as nurturing to the soul. The parallel between gardening, weeding, and dismissing negative thoughts is also important.

This chapter also mentions attitudinal healing. I only have a vague idea of what attitudinal healing and workshops are. However, many people have found these helpful. Jampolsky links these healing workshops and love closely.

Want to nourish your soul? Try service. “By concentrating on helping another person, we renew contact with our soul and with God. We can feel peaceful again. A sense of joy surrounds us and all the frustration, agitation, and self-anger disappears.” [2]

What a wonderful feeling. Truly,


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[1] Handbook for the Soul, Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors. (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1995.), 104.

[2] Ibid, 106.