Soul-Question: RADIATING INTRINSIC GOODNESS

Soul-Question: RADIATING INTRINSIC GOODNESS

Quote
“We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.”

Author
Wangari Maathai (1940 – ) is an environmental and political activist. Born in Kenya, she received the Nobel Peace prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She was an elected Member of Parliament, founded the Greenbelt Movement which planted over thirty million trees in Kenya to help prevent soil erosion, was awarded the first PhD by the University of Nairobi, and increasingly active on both environmental and women’s issues.

Her husband divorced her, reputedly saying that she was too strong-minded for a woman and that he was unable to control her. After the judge in the divorce case agreed with her husband, she was put in jail for speaking out against the judge who then decreed that she could no longer use her husband’s surname. In defiance, she chose to add an extra “a” to her last name – changing, but not changing it. She experienced imprisonment and physical attack for demanding multi-party elections and an end to tribal politics and political corruption in Kenya.


Soul-Questions

1. What does “intrinsic goodness of humankind” mean to you?


2. How can “intrinsic goodness” be radiated?

3. How can spirituality be expressed in environmental, economic, political etc. activism?

4. How can you work with others who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind “for a better world”?


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How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts

© June Maffin
www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts
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Soul-Questions “BE KIND, BE CALM AND BE SAFE”

Soul-Questions “BE KIND, BE CALM AND BE SAFE”

Quote
“Be kind, be calm and be safe”

Author: Bonnie Henry
Dr. Bonnie Henry is a Canadian physician; the Provincial Health Officer for the Province of British Columbia, Canada; has worked internationally including with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and the World Health Organization to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda; and is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine.

SOUL-QUESTIONS
The words “Be kind, be calm and be safe” echo throughout the Province of British Columbia, Canada and far beyond during these days of the COVID19 pandemic. Dr. Henry’s words are a gentle reminder of the importance in any difficult situation that is out of our control, we must do what we can to be calm, kind and safe.

1. Reflect on a moment in your life when you encountered a difficult situation that was out of your control (e.g. a personal situation, COVID19) and you began to panic.
– Were you able to regain a sense of control – of peace – of calmness?
– If so, how did you do that?
– If not, can you identify what kept you in the state of panic?

2. Reflect on another (or the same) moment in your life when you encountered a difficult moment and you felt unsafe.
– Were you able to do something to regain a sense of security?
– Did you ask/call for help?
– Did others help?
– If so, how?
– If you still feel unsafe, what are some things you can do to move to a position of safety?

3. Reflect on a moment in your life when someone expressed unasked-for kindness to you.
– What feelings did you experience as you received such kindness?
– Did you express those feelings to the person who offered that kindness?

4. Reflect on a moment in your life when you were unkind to another human being … someone in your family … a neighbour … a stranger … a friend … and animal … the environment.
– If you were aware you were being unkind but did/said what you did/said anyway, what feelings did you experience as you were unkind?
– If you were aware you were being unkind, did you express that to anyone? … share with the person? … share with a counsellor? … share with a clergy person? … write in your Journal about it?
– If so, which?
– If not, why not?

© June Maffin
www.soulistry.com
lettering: © Carol DuBosch Used with permission
https://www.caroldubosch.com/

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How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts

Soul-Questions “WHAT WE SEE”

Soul-Questions “WHAT WE SEE”

Quote
“When you look at your neighbour’s work, you see it for what it is.
When you look at your own work, you see it for what it isn’t.”

Author: Peter Thornton
A full-time professional calligrapher and artist for over forty years, Peter Thornton is a Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (C.L.A.S.) with an international reputation as a gifted teacher and calligrapher. His lighthearted wit and playful approach to teaching brings students eager to learn from him in workshops he has offered throughout the world. He has authored several books and is known for his exploration of the visually and acoustically exciting world of ‘musicalligraphy’ – a combination of sound and letters.

Soul-Questions

1. Have you ever looked at your own work, art, project, business, life and seen “what it isn’t”?
* In your journal, reflect on some moments in your life when you’ve compared your work, art, projects, efforts in sports activities, hobbies etc. with another; seen perfection in their work, but saw nothing like it when you’ve considered your own.

2. Do you put pressure on yourself in other areas of your life, relationships?* If so, consider an example and write about it in your journal.

3. Do others see you as a perfectionist?
* Are they accurate?

4. If they are accurate, does your perfectionism interfere with any of your relationships?
* If so, how?

5. Are you comfortable with this aspect of your personality?
* If you are not comfortable being a perfectionist, what might you do to ease up on yourself so that you can spend less time being self-critical?

6. When someone expresses appreciation of your work, art, efforts, are you able to reply with sincerity and say “thank you”? Or is your response apologetic, self-deprecation?
* In your journal, reflect on your response.

7. If you find it difficult to reply with just a simple “thank you,” for whatever reasons,in your journal, reflect on what steps you might take to otherwise reply the next time someone appreciates your art, your friendship, the gift you made them … or expresses appreciation of you.

© June Maffin www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts
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Callligraphic Art © Peter Thornton
Photograph behind the Calligraphic Art taken at Yellow Point Lodge, Vancouver Island, British C
olumbia, Canada

© Soul-Questions: June Maffin
Calligraphy: Peter Thornton

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How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts

Soul-Questions “HOPE”

Soul-Questions “HOPE”

Quote
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.”

Author
A prolific American poet, Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) was considered to be an eccentric by local neighbours, living much of her life in isolation.

Soul-Questions
1. Dickinson makes a connection between ‘hope’ and the ‘soul’ … a spiritual connection. Do you relate to hope as a spiritual connection?
* If so, how?
* If not, how do you relate to hope?

2. In the past, when you’ve gone through a personal situation that begs the “where is the hope?” question, how/where did you find hope?

3. In situations such as COVID19 and its consequences, who/where do you turn for guidance, counsel – hope?


4. Are you someone who asks for / seeks guidance, counsel, encouragement, hope in difficult times or do you struggle alone?
* If the latter, why?
* If the former, what prevents you from reaching out / seeking help/guidance

5. Are you open to being a hope-filled / hopeful person?
* Are you being open to hope?
* If not, what could you do to become open?

© June Maffin www.facebook.com/groups/soulistry
www.soulistry.com/soul-questions

Artist: Gerry Jackson Kerdok

© June Maffin
Artist: Gerry Jackson Kerdok

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How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts


Soul-Questions “WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE?”

Soul-Questions “WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE?”

Quote
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the signs and sorrows. That is what love looks like.”

Author:
Augustine (354-430 CE) was a Latin-speaking theologian and philosopher born in present-day Algeria. He was a key figure in the development of Western Christianity.

Soul-Questions

1. The ancient Greeks had four words for love:
agape (unconditional love)
eros (intimate love)
philia (friendship love)
storgē (natural affection such as felt by parents for children and vice versa)

In your journal, reflect on how you have expressed love in its various forms in the past for family, friend, colleague, stranger, the world.


2. Was the love you showed, expressed verbally? monetarily? physically? emotionally? politically? prayerfully? in an action-oriented way? … simply by your presence? a visit? a card? a handmade gift? a phone call? social media?


3. Journal about an incident where the love you felt was expressed with
“hands to help” …

“feet to hasten to the poor and needy” …

“eyes to see misery and want” …

“ears to hear the signs and sorrow” …


4. Are words sufficient to express love or are actions also an integral part of expressing love?

In your journal, consider a situation with someone you say you love but the other tells you that they receive a different message because your actions don’t reflect your words.


5. What can you do to bring the love you say you have for an individual, so that they feel loved by you in both word and action?

6. Consider ways you might express your love that are different from the ways you have expressed love in the past.

In your journal, reflect on situations when you have felt loved … deeply loved … by a parent, child, partner, spouse, God, pet, stranger.


What did “love look like” in those situations?

© June Maffin


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How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts

Soul-Questions “RISING EVERY TIME”

Soul-Questions “RISING EVERY TIME”

Quote
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”

Author
Confucius (551 – 479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher whose teaching and philosophy deeply influenced Eastern thought and his thoughts developed into a system known today as Confucianism. He was a strong proponent of building a harmonious society following the well-known philosophy that people ‘do not do to others what they do not want done to themselves’ – a very early “Golden Rule.”

Soul-Questions
* In your journal, reflect on the moments of ‘rising’ in your life. Note what you did to bring about that resurrection moment.

  • What were the results?

Consider a time in your life when stresses were such that you became sad, depressed, isolated, distanced from family/support groups/friends and did *not* rise. What consequences were there from that time of ‘rising’?

Have you ever experienced feelings of guild at times when you were unable to rise after falling? Journal about those feelings and consider how you might handle such feelings should similar occasions arise in the future

Reflect on one of the ‘rising’ moments in your life in your journal, noting
– your feelings
– any consequences
– what prompted you to rise

Reflect on the strength, encouragement, energy, healing you received when you picked yourself up from a difficult time in your life.

<The tulip is from my garden and is one of the ones I brought back from the Netherlands. It will “rise again”.

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How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts



© June Maffin
www.soulistry.com
www.facebook.com/groups/soulistry