“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness, and righteousness.” – Albert Einstein
Spirituality comes in varying forms for different people. Even the most hard-pressed pessimists often dwell on this part of their lives.
Over the years, through different cultural meanings, the words spirit and soul have been used interchangeable. It is generally accepted that the soul is a natural moral guidance compass within us and that spirit can be interpreted as residing within or out of a body.
Even though the soul is not a tangible material, it can be well described as the heart of a man. It is the essence of our very being, the passionate fire within us which drives us on to become the person we do. We can connect with our soul through our natural thoughts and feelings.
When we choose to ignore our natural state of feeling, or override our sixth sense, our soul is not content and thus we feel uncomfortable. This is when our soul feels lost and needs to reconnect.
If we override our unconscious feelings of what is right and wrong, our conscious may temporarily feel superior, but there will in the long term battle within us to resolve the inconsistency between the conscious and unconscious difference.
In other words do we think with our head or our heart? Tuning into our feelings is a way of connecting with our soul. We practice religion and other forms of worship as a way to satisfy this inner desire of the soul. If this need of the soul is not recognized or adhered to, we can end up with what is known as a restless soul.
Prayer and meditation are food for the soul. Just as the body needs nutrition and the mind needs stimulation, so we need to satisfy the yearnings of our soul in order to reach satisfaction and contentment. Many of us would like to believe that we are a wild spirit at heart.
The more the soul is nourished with goodness, the more elation we feel. As we get older and wiser, the search for the goal of satisfying our soul becomes stronger. This is because materialistic things become less important as we become aware of tapping into something which brings us in connection to our higher self – the soul.
When we truly connect with our inner soul, we can actually lead a harmonious lifestyle and feel at one with our environment by accepting the value of everything and everyone surrounding us.
Furthermore, we can use the mishaps in our life to learn and grow our soul instead of taking on the victim mentality. Our soul can make us the tower of strength if we allow it to guide us in our journey of life. It can help us to achieve peace within ourselves.