10 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR SOUL FROM ‘CRUSHING’ By Fr. Eric Nielsen

  1. KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A SOUL

You have been conditioned to believe that the world is a bunch of atoms and that all meaningful truth can only be discovered through scientific analysis.  This reduces all human experiences of joy and love to mere emotional experiences based on colliding atoms.  No!  You have a human soul which gives you a rich and deep personality that transcends the material world with true love and joy.

  1. UNDERSTAND ITS DESTINY

Your soul is not meant to simply experience the beauty of nature and the comfort of friends.  Your soul was created directly out of love by God and has been given the opportunity to enter into this eternal love.  This is a great gift, offered to everyone on the planet. So seize it!

  1. KNOW THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BODY AND SOUL

Your body and soul are not two separate realities, but one unity of being.  What happens to your body affects your soul and what affects your soul manifests itself in your body.  So you can’t sleep in every morning, eat junk food, be a couch potato, and then expect to be happy.

  1. FEED YOUR SOUL GOOD THINGS

We are made for joy, and your soul will be more joyful as it learns how to experience the true, the good and the beautiful.  Good art, music, literature and conversation, while not as easily digestible as a YouTube video, will give you a healthier soul.

  1. GUARD YOUR SOUL

Your soul was not meant for evil, and thus all sin – as pleasurable as it might be in the moment, will weaken your soul and eventually, if not corrected, keep you from your divine destiny.

  1. YOUR SOUL IS NOT YOUR MIND

Moderns tend to think that their brain is the only important part of their body, and that in the synapses of the brain is the mind and all that makes you a person.  This makes us a type of operator driving a sophisticated piece of machinery; carried to extremes it pulls us away from the real world into an imaginary one that we find more comfortable.  The end result is that we our cut off from the richness of our life.  You are not just your mind, but also your heart, your gut, and your fingers and toes.  Your soul is in touch with every piece of you, and that is who you are.

  1. LEARN TO MEDITATE

We live in a world that keeps us from assimilating the experiences that we have by giving us a constant flow of stimulation.  The result is that while we have plenty of experiences we are rather shallow.  Your soul desires depth.  For this, you need meditation on transcendent goods.

  1. NEVER COMPLAIN

Complaining, even just to oneself, never makes any situation better and only makes us unhappy about life.  Your soul is designed to encounter every life experience with a fighting spirit.  If it is happening to you, it is for a reason and your eternal benefit.  Though difficult, if embraced this will keep you from anger, frustration and despair.

  1. DISCIPLINE YOUR BODY

Every religion of any note recognizes that the soul and the body are at war with each other, and there is no peace until one gives in.  If you can teach your body that the soul is the master, you will be at peace within yourself, and the desires of the flesh will not lead you down paths of sadness.

10.   MODEL YOURSELF ON A TRUE HERO

Only people who are complete egoists do not have heroes.  Find yours and study their lives.  Your soul was made for greatness, and without examples of greatness we tend to fall back into our own mediocrity.

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