body * mind * heart * spirit * community * call

I’m not convinced, at all, that one’s soul and one’s spirit are not the same thing; I currently think the differences are akin to the heads side and the tails side of the same coin. Soul is depth and Spirit is height, perhaps? Maybe this will become more clear, more definable, more nameable if not knowable as time goes on.

I do consider Soul to be the understanding of self in relation to self; that which is transformed must be learned and understood, or at least greeted in relationship.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see? Everything has become new!

2 Corinthians 5:17

It may not be as easy as flipping a switch, which is the temptation of the passage from the Apostle, above. I believe these three goals are more about making room for the rest.

Goal #1: Limits on screens and social media

“I’m going to start a blog about transformation, and not use a computer or social media to do so! This is a great idea,” said fools, only.

There are screens everywhere in my life. I attend meetings and see friends through screens right now. I engage with church folks through screens. I work on a screen. I look at a screen when I’m bored, to read through a recipe, to see what my kid’s school’s automated callbot said on voicemail because I will neither answer that call, nor will I listen to the actual message. It’s constant, and it does not feel like life in its fullest. Here are my standards and practices:

  • I will not check e-mail after 9:00 p.m., nor before 8:00 a.m. E-mail is a great tool, and an amazing boon to communication. It is on my terms.
  • I will limit my social media usage with timers and managing apps. I will still be present, I will still check and engage and write–but on a timeframe, not open-endedly.
  • I will limit how much television I watch. This shouldn’t be a problem–I watch less and less–but if I’m wiped out at the end of the day and want to turn off my brain, I will not binge.

No, I won’t share amounts of time on this page. Thanks!

Goal #2: Journal 300 times in 2021

I keep a running journal. I type it, because I type quickly, and I can password protect it. My documents for 2020 are about 100,000 words, and it’s a good way to process.

I keep a lot of records. I have the Blue Book, which goes with me everywhere. I have like, six notebooks for varying purposes (which I use completely, as it’s good practice and better stewardship) and plans and ideas. And the journal is where I process my own stuff. This blog is outward facing. There’s an editing process. The journal, not so much. And it helps. I spend ten minutes a day writing off the day–I will do this in the evening during time of unwinding.

Goal #3: Post Here Four Times a Week

I want to do this, so I am going to. I hope you’ll read it.

Of course there’s more to this than simply typing some words and slapping on an image and calling it good–as I said above, this is outward facing. But soul care is about making room, and freeing up time. On my intentional day off, and at particular times, I can prepare and edit, and there’s options to schedule posts across the digital spectrum.

By the way, have you liked Arthur the Lesser on facebook? Followed me on twitter? Wondered if I’ll ever use Instagram? You should do that now, please and thanks!