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September 21, 2012

Manganiello: The importance of soul

If we aren’t connected to our soul, our life won’t be happy or satisfying, because it will be made small by fear, self-doubt and hesitation.

Our soul is our real or essential identity. It lies beyond our self-image-based surface identity — a surface identity rooted in fictional assumptions about who we are.

Without a connection to our soul, we’ll live in recurring doubt about who we are, our work and relationships, and what our life means and should be all about. If we live without awareness of our soul’s aims, needs and values, then conflict, confusion, and uncertainty will be our daily burden.

In the morning, we might feel OK about our marriage, our work, and our approach to life, only to have the sands shift by noon. Once they shift, we can feel just as sure that our marriage is a mistake or that we should have left our well-paying, but uninteresting, job to do other more meaningful work.

Then, the next hour or day, we can feel completely different yet again. Our values tend to swing so much that we sometimes can’t be sure of what to believe. We can find ourselves at the mercy of our last state of mind, the last expert we listened to, or the last book we read.

And, if all this wasn’t bad enough, when we’re stuck in our soul-less conditioned self-image, in our “surface identity,” we’ll feel more stressed, anxious, bored and bummed out. As a result, we’ll be more vulnerable to health problems and early death.

Without a connection to our soul, we tend to avoid the risks involved with learning how to do what’s necessary to live a more exciting, creative and rewarding life. Not because we don’t want to. We want a better life, but we doubt that our efforts to create one will be successful, and so we won’t act to discover and create what we truly want.

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