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Today,  a few questions were posed about the soul. Of course these are to be answered after much deep thought and research. I’ve done a little of both and want to pose the questions to you.

Is the soul an unfortunate guest in our body?

Now, first you have to tell yourself that this is a relationship you have- with your soul (if you have one). And with any relationship there is give and take,  do you take too much? Do you give too much? Or is there an equal balance of how you treat your bodily being and your soul being?

There are two ways you can look at it

(1)

Is the soul an unfortunate guest because it has to stay trapped inside a body that is drawn after its urges? Therefore, is it unfortunate because often the body acts as an adversary, quick to satisfy desires that are self centered or fleeting,which may be against the long term wishes of the soul?

(2) Is the soul an unfortunate guest because it is temporal – eventually having to leave it’s ally, the body, where it happily has limbs to express itself?

Or do you not agree that the soul is an unfortunate guest at all? Do you believe that the soul was meant for each body and they are forever simpatico before birth and after death?

In my research on this I’ve found that in the Jewish culture there is an idea that when one living person is murdered before their time his/her soul is immediately transferred to the body of a newly born person. This supports the idea of reincarnation and has been studied in people born between 1939-1945 who have had visions or “deja vu” of the Holocaust without ever being near it.

I personally believe that the soul is not unfortunate at all, that the soul is a learned teacher there to be an invisible guide for the human body. I believe that souls live on past their human lives and can adhere to newly born human bodies in need of inner guidance, divorced from parental teachings.

Now, for the two questions posed by my dear friend Whitney (who also needs to be thanked for this thought provoking topic)

I have two questions to pose to our bodies:

1. Pick one part of your body that needs more attention or kindness.

Close your eyes for a moment and focus on it. If it could talk to you about how you treat it – how you care for it, or nurture it, what would it say to you?

“Please don’t______________________________________________________________________!!!”


“Please do_______________________________________________________________________!!!”

2. For what action of mine today would my soul thank me for enabling it to express itself?

I hope you take the time to ask these questions of your body and soul and remember, don’t work too hard or live life too fast to stop and take a moment for yourself. It’s just like the airlines advise you- Put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others!


-Jessi

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Last week I read the book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  To be honest I really didn’t feel like reading this book by a friend, who happens to have good taste in literature, recommended it so I figured it would probably be good.  Oh was I wrong; it was great!  

The Book Thief is set in Germany, during and post – World War II. The story is told from the point of view of Death, a reluctant collector of souls, who does not enjoy the job appointed to him. One of the few pleasures he has is in the story of the book thief, Liesel Meminger, whom he encounters three times. Liesel’s story begins when she and her brother are sent away by their mother to the Hubermanns, a foster family. However, on the way to the small town outside Munich where the Hubermanns live, Liesel’s six-year-old brother dies after developing a cough. As the gravediggers are burying her brother, Werner, Liesel steals the gravedigger’s handbook, despite her inability to read.  – wikipedia

Stealing the first book sets Liesel into a pattern of stealing books and is how the story unfolds.  Each section of the story is told around another instance in which Liesel steals a book or is given a book.  In the end, the giving of books even saves her life.  

Having Death, who is not portrayed as scary or dark, tell the story of a girl’s journey during the Holocaust puts a new perspective on history.  Death loathes the war and the unnecessary work it gives him and by the end of the story even Death is deeply tortured by Humans and our ability to survive and endure.  I highly recommend The Book Thief and do not be deterred by it’s length.  It’s like reading a Harry Potter book, the pages fly by and before you want to reach it, you’ve come to the story’s conclusion.

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