“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy” Rumi
Since late March of this year, I’ve been drawn to a large swath of conservation land called Winchester Fells. Covering more than twenty-two hundred acres and stretching across several communities, it is a remarkable system of reservoirs, meadows, numerous trails, and lush forest. But within it are places that make one pause, allowing us to drink in the beauty of the moment.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy,” wrote the Persian mystic, Rumi. Gazing at the clear running water gurgling over rocks and spilling now and then into small pools, it was as if a river was unleashed within me as well. A joy. Remembering the sacred text, the words, “…from our innermost being will flow rivers of living water,”  led me to ask, what does it mean to do things from one’s soul?
Our soul has been described as our “blueprint in God, what we were born for.”  But our souls aren’t merely an etheral dimension within us or an entity relegated to religion. Instead, our souls, your soul is as a sure compass, pointing in the direction of the stream’s current while gently urging you onward. Have you long dreamed of painting but were convinced you lack the talent? Have you yearned to write but felt you don’t have the time? Have you long considered rekindling a treasured friendship but just kept putting it off?
Coudl it be that seemingly such simple things – gazing at the brilliant blooms just outside your window, picking up a paintbrush or allowing the sound of music fill your senses – be the conduit to reclaiming the movement of the soul within? Could it be that our souls are greater agents of reclamation within us, and beyond, then we realize? What if when all is said and done, our Maker yearns for us to experience the singularity of joy?
 The Gospel of John 7:38.
 Franciscan priest and author, Richard Rohr.