Diva Musing: Definitions of Spiritual Areas We Work on Each Day…
In case we are a bit confused about what’s what….here is a set of good definitions for those spiritual areas we are working on each day. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
Soul, Body Mind…lonerwolf.com
The soul is the spiritual essence of who you are – it is the part of you that transcends the mind and is connected to spirit. While spirit is like the ocean, the soul is like the waves in that ocean. The soul can also be thought of as spirit made manifest, or the yin/Shakti energy (soul) of the yang/Shiva energy (spirit). In other words, everything in this physical realm has a soul or an essence. Your soul can be thought of as your Higher Self or True Nature: it contains all the wisdom, guidance, and nourishment that you need on this earth. This category features all the articles we’ve written about listening to, connecting with, understanding, and embodying your soul.
Spirit is the canvas on which the entire expanse of creation dances. Spirit transcends the mind and ego and is the womb of all life. Everything arises and returns to this great force. Known also as God, Brahma, Tao, Void, Oneness, Infinite Consciousness, and many other names, Spirit is at the core of most religious and spiritual movements and traditions. This eternal force is the greatest mystery known to life and yet it dwells in all things. An enlightened or ‘illuminated’ person can be thought of as one who has united with Spirit and transcended the ego mind. This category features all the articles we’ve written about understanding, listening to, and connecting with Spirit.
The mind is bittersweet. On one hand, the mind helps us to organize, plan, comprehend, create, visualize, discern, and use logic. But on the other hand, the unruly mind is ignorant, prejudiced, hateful, illogical, bigoted, and deluded. The mind can be used as either a tool of creation or a tool of unimaginable destruction. All of our suffering originates in the mind and the unexamined thoughts, beliefs, mindsets, defense mechanisms, and wounds that we carry. This category features all the articles we’ve written about understanding the mind.
The heart is the doorway to the soul. When we are in tune with our hearts, we are connected with the wise, visceral, and instinctual energy of intuition. Our hearts are what connect us with others, help us walk the most authentic paths, show love, forgiveness, and compassion, and reveal what is invisible to the eye. In essence, our hearts expand us. But our hearts can also become contracted through life circumstances. Pain, trauma, heartbreak, and toxic core beliefs all cause the heart to become closed or shut off from life. This category features all the articles we’ve written about understanding, getting in touch with, and healing the heart.
Our bodies are the bridges between earth and spirit. As spiritual beings having a human experience, it’s vital that we get in touch with the physical vessels that are our homes. Nurturing, understanding, listening to, and getting in-tune with all layers of our physicality is a vital part of spiritual growth. Real healing and wholeness are about grounding our psychological and spiritual discoveries into the raw fabric of our being – not about bypassing, shunning or ignoring this reality that we all live with. We believe that the body is just as divine and mysterious as anything else in existence. This category features all the articles we’ve written about health and physical well-being.