In yesterday's Blog, we were asked to think about what defines us as an individual. If you pondered this question, what did you come up with? Did you choose your physical appearance? Then what happens when you get older and lose your youthful appeal, and your muscle tone doesn't look quite the way it does now? Did you choose sports? What will happen when the fans stop cheering? After all, you won't play forever. Did you choose education? What will happen when you encounter a challenge in life that your education has not prepared you to handle?
All of the above things are fine in and of themselves. But when we indentify with only physical and natural things, we are living a half life. How many people who seemed to have had it all have taken their own lives, or became addicts because they said they felt empty and alone in life? There is a void in every soul that only spiritual things can fill, we can throw all of the money, sports and possessions into that void that we want... but it will never be filled. Thus, we can become extreme in our behavior as we seek for the next big thrill in our lives. It is an endless cycle that many people go through over and over again. I challenge you to identify yourself with the higher things of life this week. See yourself as more than just flesh and blood, and give your soul the food that it craves. Take ten minutes out of your day and turn off the television and meditate, read a book or just commune with the Divine in your own way.... It will make a world of difference in your life, and in who you are.