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Feed Your Soul More Than Your Mind And Nourish Your Spirit - Grasshopper

It seems we have it "bass ackwards" which always leads to wanting more and getting less.

We live in a mind culture. There are shrines to minds.
I have no quibble with intellectual brilliance or with those who have it or seek it. My only words of warning are these: "There is no pot of gold at the end of that rainbow."
Knowledge is very colorful and can dazzle people, but at the end of the day it amounts to little more than "Fool's Gold."
I, too, am fascinated with brilliant people. They can oftentimes engage your curiosity into their areas of expertise. The rub is this: If we don't balance our mental acuity with the nourishing of our soul, we're all fact up with nowhere to go.
One of the great minds of our time, Albert Einstein, had this to say:
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
I'm currently reading a book by a man who has many devotees. He's written a number of books - all quite successful. "He's brilliant" as the saying goes. His books offer a point of view and to my way of thinking, little else. They contain high calories that produce little energy. He adeptly comments on society and where it needs to go, and offers little guidance to get on that path, other than you ought to.
This is not a diminishment of his astute observations; it's more of a reminder of just how limiting feeding our mind can be.
Reminds me of a story . . .
I was talking with a friend the other day. We had our usual back and forth and then I began to notice a pattern he was unknowingly running. He was talking over top his emotions in an effort to keep them in check. It's a common male pattern.
My sense is that part of him believes that if he garners enough logic, his gnawing emotions will disappear. It's the same logic that presupposes someone will hear you better if you talk louder on a long distance phone call.
Your soul doesn't speak loudly or logically, just truthfully. And to generate that truth, you have to bypass the mind. It's all quite mysterious, as Einstein says, and more nourishing than feeding yourself tons of logic.
Feeding the soul begins by quieting the mind. Think of it as a discourse diet.
The less often you dine on repetitive chit chat, the more often you feed your soul. Regular feedings ensure that your spirit stays in tip top shape, frequently leading to the flashes of brilliance we consciously seek.
Here's an early New Year's resolution for your consideration:
Take the time to quiet your mind and you'll finally find a diet that works. Brilliant!
All the best,

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