Yet we are not this mental appendage that allowed the organism to rise to the top of the food chain. This mind continues to fret, fear, worry, be anxious about the future, unhappy about the present, and depressed about the past. At one time, it actually helped us to survive in a dangerous and hostile environment.
Now we don’t need this part of us—just as we no longer need our appendices or tonsils. Yet it persists and blinds us to the inner being that is really who we are. It is outer directed—always scanning for what is wrong or could go wrong. It wants more and is never satisfied. It is always trying to prove it’s right and strengthen itself in its unhappy course.
The soul is inner directed, finding the fundamental peace that lies at the heart of the infinite Universe. It can let people and things be who and what they are without making everything into a problem. Its roots are joy and well-being and it does not comprehend suffering.