Soul Imprints

liber
January 1st, 2016

Soul Imprints

liber

January 1st, 2016

The written word has helped me navigate through beautiful terrains, nourish my mental faculties, and heal my soul. Works that speak to me directly, with lucidity, introduce me to information that I know has been gathered with a fresh set of eyes and a full heart. Our languages can be uniquely different, yet the earnestness and consistency of the authors’ voices appeal to my sensibilities. Their world becomes my world, and we become unified through thoughts.

I look at reading as a personal responsibility that informs my life and transforms my consciousness. I have learned, and continue to learn from books and other resources. For me, integrity is key—the layered elements should empathize with me; invite me into safe places; transport me into different worlds; pique my curiosity in new fields; throw open endless possibilities, and urge me to surrender. The journeys of others, documented and expressed through words, open new frontiers and expose me to different worlds. And like a well laid out book, they guide me to organize my world and foster my growth.

Over the decades, on learning that I had not read a particular book, people have been quite theatrical in their reactions. Unfazed, in the same breath, I asked them to share the messages of these books. Their answer is constant: “It is a classic. It was on the best seller’s list. It was featured in the magazine. It was a must read in college.” These readers were incapable of sharing the essence of the books; they were incapable of educating me. Unfortunately, when man’s inner world lacks depth and complexities, reading or claiming to have read becomes a way to mask insecurities, of yanking out information diligently stored in memory, and displayed in conversation as bragging rights, and one-upmanship. When the mind and heart fail to absorb spiritual nourishment, how can one impart anything?

Learning and growing are not about the number of books we own, how quickly we procured them, or who signed them. The purpose of reading should be self-improvement, where growth is tied to how mindful we are in the act of reading. What matters is how the books have benefited us and how they move us to think and feel. We can each remember books that nudged us to develop our finer qualities and faculties, be conscientious. Accounts of foreign lands inspired us to travel and discover new places, to challenge our assumptions and culture. The empathetic books comforted and guided us through tough times. Crucial books from young adulthood led us to develop self-awareness and learn to express ourselves. Occasionally, we come across that rare book that brings us to blossom exponentially. The point of reading is not to miss the point. And the point is to be passionate in the pursuit of embracing informative, arresting, and powerful thoughts that strengthen and shape our identity.

If your environment does not supply you with quality reading material, rather you are exposed to low-culture material, it will easily commandeer your mind space. Oxygen deprivation to the brain can alter a child’s brain functioning; similarly, repeated consumption of toxic material will traumatize your brain. Once you rid yourself of poor habits and commit for the long haul, you can explore new healthy territories.

I have found tremendous value in thoughts and observations articulated through words (and imagery), whether they are profound thoughts on philosophy, psychology, and self-help, or engaging thoughts on travel, architecture, and style. The common thread is the role of authenticity and intimacy in writing. Where a writing specialist, fluent in a language, can fabricate perfect sounding material, it sounds stale, pretentious, distant, and easy to forget, whereas people gifted with emotional richness and authentic experiences deliver thoughts with honesty that moves deeply.

In life, as you fill your library of thoughts, reach for rich-nutrient thoughts that will confer emotional liberty. Ultimately, a liberated life is one where your material serves you well.

Heera

 

 

 

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