Is There a Place for “Soul” in the Traditional Learning System?

By: Cheryl Robertson and Kateryna Pyatybratova

September 5, 2022

It seems that everywhere you look these days, someone is talking about the importance of reconnecting with one’s “soul”. But what does that actually mean, and does this thinking have a place in our traditional education system?

First, let’s get the definitions out of the way. Put simply, “soul” is the innermost essence of who we are. It is our deepest truth, our highest potential. When we connect with our soul, we are tapping into a deep well of wisdom, creativity, and power.

When we are disconnected from our soul, we may still be successful in the traditional sense, but we are not living up to our full potential. We may feel lost, stuck, or unfulfilled. We may be struggling to find meaning in our work or in our lives.

The first step is to become aware of the disconnection. Once we are aware of it, we can start to make choices that will lead us back to our true nature, our soul. We can choose to meditate, pray, or journal. We can choose to surround ourselves with people who support our journey inward, or escape into nature. We can choose to study the teachings of the world’s wisdom traditions.

As we do, we will gradually remember who we really are and what we are here to do. We will begin to experience more joy, love, and peace in our lives. And we will make a difference in the world simply by living our truth.

If you’re ready to start your journey inward, there are many resources available to support you. Here are a few reading recommendations:

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

The most important thing is to keep moving forward on your journey inward. As you do, you will begin to remember who you really are and what you are here to do. You will experience more joy, love, and peace in your life. And you will make a difference in the world simply by living your truth.

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