What the Soul Needs

November 10, 2014

“It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture soul.  The soul has different concerns of equal value:  downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.”
— Thomas Moore, from Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing by Susan Wooldridge

Solitude on the ocean's edge

Solitude on the ocean’s edge

These early-dark days are about as perfect for soul work as any.  A time to remember that suffering, depression, stresses, chronic challenges, all are food for inner growth — as difficult as it is to struggle through them.  In fact, it sounds like the perfect time of year for a retreat, of even a few days.  We must all remember to take care of ourselves.