Uh oh. I just said the “S” word. Soul is not something that everyone likes to talk about in public spaces, but hang with me for a second. This can mean a lot of different things to different people.
Here’s what I mean, and why I think it’s important enough to round out our three-part framework with this word.
If I got into a full-on discussion about what the soul might be, we could be here all day. No one has time for that!
But let’s try to break it down. The soul, to me, represents something bigger, something outside of myself. It fuels the connection I have with others on a deep level.
When I talk about soul, I talk about meaning. And when I talk about meaning, I talk about searching for purpose in life.
You can be a fully integrated mind-body person, and do just fine, but if you never stop to consider why you’re here and what you’re doing, I think you’re missing out on something.
Spiritual depression is real. It has been studied by real scientists. What it is exactly is hard to say, but it stems from lack of meaning.
First, connect with your mind. Then, connect with your body. Finally, connect with your soul, whatever that means to you.
Finding your soul is all about finding your peace. Go wherever you need to go to do that. For some people, it’s nature. For others, it’s a place of worship. Contemplate how fortunate you are to be here at all. The odds are infinitesimally small that any of us are in this world. The fact that I can communicate with you in this way is even smaller. My mind is being boggled, so it’s time to move on.
Reach for something greater. You may just find it adds colors to your canvas.
This three-part system isn’t foolproof.
But it’s a systematic way to think about your mental health.
It’s helped me in a big way. I hope it can do the same for you.