Care For The Body; Neglect Of The Soul: A Huge Misplacement Of Priority By Francis Ofodile
POSTED 09/22/2018 14:53:30
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With the physical body, there are basic vital signs used to determine the condition of our body: heart rate, blood pressure and temperature and body chemistry. There are certain vital signs of the soul to measure spiritual health and symptoms of disease. These symptoms are meant to be tools for examining your heart. The list is exhaustive, but begins to give an idea if your personal reservoir is running low.
It is a poignant reminder of the importance of the condition of our soul and its effect on our mental peace. As we access the condition of our souls, we are taking the first steps of spiritual renewal when we have faith and courage to take that inner look, we are able to discover those things that drain our spiritual reservoirs, as well as how to replenish it. We examine our heart not only in times of crisis, but in order to avoid crisis. When we are regularly looking at our souls, we are able to engage in spiritual activities that will build our souls and put us on a path to spiritual vitality.
Beauty is much all-encompassing than our society tries to lead us to believe. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Both men and women shower, fix hair, brush their teeth and do the best they can to look good on the outside. Yet we rarely give a thought to enhancing the souls within us. The fixation we have with one another has led to this adage “beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness goes all the way to the bone” when external beauty is a manifestation of healthy soul that lies within you is drowning, starving, ignored and unkempt, everything you do is futile so more all-encompassing than what our society tries to lead us to believe.
Also, many self-help books today are like scripts that teach people how to behave in the big-screen of life. But if we are honest with ourselves, we will see that the training that impart is just spray paint and stencilling for anyone hoping to be like captain America. It rarely ends well. It’s incumbent upon us to ask the question “do you pretend?” We are all born with an intense need to feel significant, loved, valued and accepted. Sometimes we fear that we are not worthy of these things. So we pretend to be the people we think the society wants us to be in order to meet the desperate needs of our souls. Let me be clear: these are not just wants or desires, they are god-given needs. What water, food, air, sleep and sunlight are to your body; love, acceptance, attention, approval and significance are to your soul. Sadly, most believers don’t even acknowledge, much less manage these needs because their pastors actually taught them to ignore their souls. In fact, in many circles, the soul is thought of as inherently evil. In other words, some people teach that to be truly spiritual you must suppress or ignore the needs of your soul and instead focus only on spiritual things.
Furthermore, nothing shows the true nature of neglect more than a garden that has not been tended all spring, summer and fall. It occurs to me that a neglected garden is an apt metaphor that visually shows what many of our souls look like. We all too often neglect the inner journey – weeds have grown, a flower pot is broken, creatures have dragged the soul-amending bag and torn it open. What are you planning to put into place so that your soul won’t look like such a garden? I have found out that intentional planning has to be put into effect or the “soul-tending” will not just happen. Ideally, a garden must be tended a little bit everyday a lot once a week; there is spring clean up, seed planning lawn mowing and others. Keeping a garden is an act of love. We do this work because we love it and the end result is soul satisfying. The same kind of tender care has to go on when we turn our attention to our inner life. We have to learn to nurture our own souls in collaboration with the master gardener who always has a plan for each garden, without or within.
On the other hand, if your health fails, it can overshadow everything else that’s going on in your life from relatively minor health issues such as aches and pains, lethargy and indigestion to major health problems that can threaten your existence. This will not keep your soul and body together. This is particularly important as it relates to stress. The stress that comes from poor health challenge affects many area of your life. Daily task becomes more challenging, health expenses can pile up, and the ability to earn a living can even be in jeopardy, stress itself deteriorate health issues from common cold to more serious conditions and diseases. So, it really pays to maintain health stress Management habit not only to be able to manage stress but to avoid it, altogether by staying healthy longer. But looking or having interest in your health should not make you ignore your soul.
In addition, we must learn to care for our souls’ needs. If we ever hope to cultivate the kingdom virtues that empowers us to walk in our high callings, if we ever hope to demonstrate the true beauty of our creator in us. So I want to challenge you to take some time and access what the soul needs. Is it rest, fun, connection with a friend? Do you really feel to be currently known and seen? The more we go after taking care of these needs and therefore our souls, the more beauty will radiate from the inside out.
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