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Soul-Keeping? Let Conscience Guide!

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SOUL gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul Prov 16-23

Soul-Keeping? Let Conscience Guide!

How to keep my soul? Why not how to nourish my soul? Stephen Covey thinks our consciences can guide us into fuller, deeper nurture of our souls. He makes a strong case for service.

In today’s chapter of the Handbook for the Soul, Covey describes several dimensions of a person’s life. Physical, mental, spiritual. He speaks more to each dimension. But foundational to this discussion is the duty/joy/privilege of service.

Our service is, indeed, how we can open our souls, as Covey says. “When other people suffer from soul sickness, we can seek to build relationships by understanding their world and their feelings, so that they feel deeply understood.” [1]

But that’s just one aspect of service. Covey does touch on several aspects. He mentions altruism. Yes, that is a fine reason to do mercy and love justice. But that is not all. (At least, that isn’t what Covey mentions as the end-all-and-be-all.

No, Covey and his family are focused on God—among other things. This spiritual element is so important to many people. Yes, we could consider the generosity of Mother Teresa, or the humility of Nelson Mandela. (Two real-life examples from Covey’s chapter.)

Yet, we also see the example of little things. Weak people striving to do the best they can. Like me. God willing, we all can strive to be better than we presently are.doing. Please, God, help us do an excellent job as we all strive to do service. (As Jesus said, too, in Matthew 25:34-40.)

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[1] Handbook for the Soul, Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors. (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1995.), 149.

Nourish the Soul through Intention

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, June 19, 2015

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Nourish the Soul through Intention

More on nourishing the soul today, in this chapter from Handbook for the Soul. Fascinating to think that so many different people can have different takes on how to nourish and nurture the soul. Wayne Dyer gave us more of a Jungian perspective in this chapter.

I have an appreciation for Jung and his concepts of development and some views on the stages that a person goes through as individuation happens. Dyer puts his own names on these basic stages, but the Jungian basis is certainly present.

So, how to nourish the soul? One way to do this and become a Witness “is to shut down the inner dialogue and to learn to become quiet.” [1] He stresses that quiet is all-important when it comes to knowing your soul. I could quibble, but by and large, I think quiet has a deep and lasting benefit to nourishing the soul. Also to seeking out peace and serenity, as well as calming down the breath and loosening the tight back, shoulder and neck muscles.

Dyer did not mention God very often, until the very end. But there, he acknowledged God (or as some would say, Higher Power) and made another fabulous statement: “The way you ultimately know God or your soul is the abolish all doubt, cultivate the Witness, erase your past, shut down the inner dialogue, and later the ego.” [2]

God willing, I strive to find a way to quiet the inner voices of noise. And God willing, what activities I discover will be nourishing and nurturing to the soul.

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Why not visit my sister blogs, “the best of” A Year of Being Kind.   @chaplaineliza And, read my sermons from Pastor, Preacher Pray-er .

[1] Handbook for the Soul, Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors. (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1995.), 123.

[2] Ibid, 125.