I’m blogging on Wednesday over at the Huffington Post. Hope you’ll come visit me there tomorrow on the Living page. I’m writing about the search for the fountain of youth and I’ll post that entry here on Friday. 80% of the content is new, about 20% is taken from my last post on this site, 7 Keys For Living The Passionate Life. It’s a whole new take on the subject, so check and see what’s happening.
While doing the research, i ran across this You Tube video on Dr.Stephen R. Covey’s iconic book on effective living, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I’m sure you probably read it years ago. It’s still on the all-time best seller lists, and I wondered how it might apply to our inquiry into the soul.
Catch this video on Habit #2- Begin With The End In Mind, and see what comes up for you.
It occurs to me that the soul always has the end in “mind”. The soul has its own agenda, it knows what its come here to complete. Think of the soul as the “”workhorse” of the spirit. The spirit reaches high. The soul deepens and does the heavy lifting.
The video invites us to consider ourselves an artist, painting a picture. What will you paint? What colors will you choose? Is your painting a landscape, a still life, a portrait? Does it portray your passion? Would you hang it at the center of your home? Your office? Or the center of your heart? When others see it, what will they remember? Just lines on a canvas or a work of art?
This is your life- you can paint the picture any way you want. What kind of picture has your soul come to paint?
If you haven’t take up brush and paint lately, or ever, give yourself that gift. It doesn’t matter if you “don’t know how”, the soul will guide you what to put on the page. You needn’t worry about technique. Just have fun with it, play with color and lines and forms and see what emerges.
I attended a Painting From The Unconscius workshop last year at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur, CA. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life! I hadn’t picked up a paint brush, other than to paint a wall, since kindergarten. I had no idea there was an artist in residence inside me! Talk about miracles!
I plan to return to Esalen to do this workshop again in the fall. My soul is calling me and I can already smell the paint.
Feed your soul by giving it moments, hours, days if necessary, that give you “juice”. When the soul is dry, you’ll find the rest of your life feels parched as well. Keep the soul moist by engaging in activities that take you out of the ordinary world of deadlines and data and transport you to the realm of the imagination.
For me, this is writing, painting, cooking, reading, hiking, watching the sun set, going to the ocean, being in nature, meditating, experiencing gratitude. It doesn’t matter what circumstances are happening, tap into something that feeds your soul and you’ll transform whatever’s happening into an empowering experience.
I go in for another biopsy on Thursday, the second one. This one will be done by MRI. It means I’ll be in the tube with clanging and banging and needles and wires running into and through my breast. It doesn’t sound like much fun! But I plan to take my IPod and listen to African Dance music while the MRI machine is banging away. I’m going to imagine the banging as the drum part of the soundtrack. As for the needle and wires, I’m open to suggestions.
I have two days to come up with something. Would love your ideas. I read your comments and endeavor to reply, so check back here after you’ve left a comment. First comments get moderated by me, just to make sure it’s not spam or inappropriate. Once a comment has been approved, you’re on the list and your comment will appear automatically.
I’ll update here on Friday, after my big adventure on Thursday. Meanwhile, I’ll be looking for your ideas about how to incorporate needles and wires into the imagination scenario. Let’s get creative!