The Soul

The soul is an artist

Gabrielle Roth, USA

(Submitted by Elisabeth Hakimi, Iran)

Our soul, our true self, is the most mysterious, essential, and magical dimension of our being. In fact, it is not a separate reality, as traditional Western thought views it, but the cohesive force that unites our body, heart, and mind. It is not a ghost trapped somehow in the physical machinery of our body, but the very essence of our being.

The only true wisdom

Socrates, Classical Greece

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Present and alive

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnam

(Submitted by Christine Luyckx, Belgium)

The practice of walking meditation brings us back to being fully present and alive with every step - filling each moment with peace and joy.

Places of exile

Albert Camus, France

(Submitted by Anita Lindner, Canada)

We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.

When a seed is ripe

Stewart Edward White, USA

(Submitted by Olympia Ioannou, Greece)

When a seed - or an animal - or a man is ripe, it must mature to its next phase. Or rot.

The Uncarved Block

Medicine Man, Yurok Indigenous People, America

(Submitted by the Art of Living team)

Native North American cultures are a distant echo of prehistoric Asian cultures. Tens of thousands of years ago, both continents were peopled by societies in harmony with The Way, the people of P’u, or The Uncarved Block of Taoist tradition.

The essence of The Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed. This principle applies not only to things, but to people as well.

Finding home

Zahava Sherez, Israel

(Submitted by the author)

I have just counted them, all the houses, apartments and condominiums I’ve ever lived in. Twenty-two. I suspect I’ve forgotten a few. On three continents, or even four, if I count moving from the East Coast to the West Coast of the US as another continental move. Some moves happened to me as a child, so I didn’t move, I was moved. But from then on, I can now say, many of my moves were about either searching for an unknown something, hoping a change of scenery would bring it on, or running away from whatever.

The stillness

Claire Elizabeth Terry, England

(Submitted by the author)

Listen to the stillness of your voice.

Laughter

Pablo Neruda, Chile

(Submitted by Carla Pandurovic, Chile)

Laughter is the language of the soul.

Good news

Desmond Tutu, South Africa

(Submitted by the Art of Living Team)

We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.

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