Letting My Soul Catch Up #MicroblogMondays

Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel tells this story from Lettie Cowman’s book Springs in the Valley :

“In the deep jungles of Africa, a traveler was making a long trek. Coolies had been engaged from a tribe to carry the loads. The first day they marched rapidly and went far. The traveler had high hopes of a speedy journey. But the second morning these jungle tribesmen refused to move. For some strange reason they just sat and rested. On inquiry as to the reason for this strange behavior, the traveler was informed that they had gone too fast the first day, and that they were now waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies.

Then Mrs. Cowman concludes with this penetrating exhortation: “This whirling rushing life which so many of us live does for us what that first march did for those poor jungle tribesmen. The difference: they knew what they needed to restore life’s balance; too often we do not.”

I hadn’t read this story when I wrote my post  Don’t Borrow Trouble here last Friday. I realize now that what my body was doing last week was letting my soul catch up!

my soul catching up

I’m hoping to do more of that later this week as I attend a course in Mindfulness and Creative Journalling.  I’ve also finally got myself a copy of Anne Lamott’s ‘Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
‘ and am excited to be reading in. Will keep you posted on both.

Are you allowing time for your soul to catch up with your body?

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  1. I love that image of the soul catching up with the body. It’s a good reminder to slow down after a period of rushing about.

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