For a long time I always thought spirit and soul were the same thing. To me, they both meant the distilled essence of something or someone. And I think that partly still holds true. But lately, in my reading of some crazy good books dealing with spirituality and consciousness and energy, I've found that there is a deeper meaning and clearer distinction between spirit and soul that has proved rather revelatory.
I think spirit and soul are in fact two halves of the same principle. And in an ideal world they would be balanced and working in tandem, the same way you see interplay between form and function, Shiva and Shakti (male and female energies), yin and yang, beauty and intellect, knowledge and wisdom, mind and body, action and reflection.
Interesting things happen when these two halves are out of balance. Just like all the other aspects of our lives– when the whole is not considered, we feel a little (or a lot) broken.
Spirit seems to get all the love these days. And I'd like to make the case for soul.
And hey, spirit's great! I can't and won't knock spirit. Did you feel the spirit in that exclamation point? Spirit's all fire and fast and sass and loud and brash and movement and reckless and light and sweet and playful and in the clouds and running around like an over-espressoed chicken with its head cut off. It is capable of massive amounts of energy and engagement. It is splendiferous and wild, untamable and irrepressible. It is intoxicatingly delicious.
Now, soul... soul takes work. It forces you to get dirty, to face the truth about yourself, to dive deep into the unknown and trust that bedrock of You-ness that lies way down below. Soul requires hours and hours and years and years (possibly lifetimes) of practice. It requires feeling, knowing, and slowing down to stillness. It requires silence. It requires introspection at the deepest darkest level. It is heavy and rich and it will bring you everything your heart desires. Yummy.
How freaking lovely would this world be if we could all get our spirit/soul groove on? I'm talkin' equal parts spirit and soul to create the wholeness and wellness we so desperately seek. We could embody the firey sweet sassy deep knowing that we ache for. We could exude wild irrepressible stillness and confidence. We could be light playful and grounded to the source simultaneously.
Glorious if you ask me.
So, soul sisters + brothers... I invite you to embrace the paradox. Soar all the way up into the deepest darkest chasms of your being, and be cool with nothing and everything all at once. It's all good.