Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Celebrate the season by listening to soul needs

Yoga instructor Erin Gael Chambers shares two reflective quotes in her April post "The Yoga of Surrender". One by medical doctor, Jungian psychoanalyst, and activist Jean Shinoda Bolen includes the passage, "To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution." Chambers also shares Thomas Moore's observation in his book, Care of the Soul:
"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."
Chambers concludes her remarks with, "The rising energy of Spring is infectious, and we are all excited to be able to go outside, de-clutter our spaces, and progress on the paths we are on. Let us also take time in this busy moment of the year to listen to what our souls are asking for. Let’s follow Moore's advice and appreciate beauty, both outside and inside ourselves. Most importantly, let's allow ourselves to take pleasure in the revolutionary act of pausing for a moment to just be."