Even before I began to read, I paused and sat with this idea for several minutes. What can up for me was no only beautiful, but powerful. I would love for you to consider doing the same thing.
Here are some takeaways both from Mark and from me:
- “The same commitments we pronounce when embarking on a marriage can be understood internally as a devotion to the care of one’s soul: to have and to hold…for better or for worse…in sickness and in health..to love and to cherish, til death do us part.” MN
- Stay committed to your inner path, the part of the soul that wants you to live your purpose; your unique gifts and talents.
- To marry your soul means that you show yourself grace, love and compassion just at you would another person.
- It means “binding your life with a solemn pledge to the truth of your soul.” MN
- To marry to our soul means a commitment not to be torn apart or split. This happens when we want to be “there” rather than “here, or be in the future rather than accepting the present.
I will end with Mark’s last paragraph which reads: “It is interesting that the nautical definition of marry is “to join two ropes end to end by interweaving their strands.” To marry one’s soul suggests that we interweave the life of our spirit with the life of our psychology; the life of our heart with the life of our mind; the life of our faith and truth with the life of our doubt and anxiety. And just as two ropes that are married create a tie that is twice as strong, when we marry our humanness to our spirit, we create a life that is doubly strong in the world.”
Being true to who we are means carrying our spirit like a candle in the center of our darkness. MN