“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” ~ Wayne Dyer
We tend to limit ourselves greatly when we view ourselves as bodies that have souls. In doing so, our primary focus becomes our bodies: our wants, our desires, our dreams, our worldly goals. We need to see ourselves as souls with bodies. Doing so, our primary focus will be the spiritual: our relationship with God. If our relationship with God is happy and healthy, that will translate to our physical being as well.
Too many people spend too much time trying to satisfy the body rather than paying attention to the soul. I think that is the primary reason this world has become so deprived, so morally lacking. An intense focus on the physical will not help us in the long run at all. One day, our physical body will fail us. Where does that leave us then? If we have not developed a solid relationship with the Lord, we could leave ourselves in jeopardy.
How do we pay attention to the soul? How do we satisfy the needs of the soul? For starters, prayer. Prayer goes a long way in strengthening the soul since our souls crave a deeper relationship with God. Performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy helps the soul as well. In our physical bodies, we can come to the aid and comfort of others. When we help them, our souls have the opportunity to experience happiness because we are doing what the Lord has asked of us.
Prayer, reflection, and good works are all wonderful ways to help the soul. Let us not forget the most important way to nourish our souls: the celebration of the sacraments. When we receive Communion and when we go to confession, we help our souls stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to the Kingdom.
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”
FAITH ACTION: Take time to pray today, allowing your soul to communicate with God.