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All that you have is your soul...

All that you have is your soul...

I have been listening to Tracy Chapman a lot lately and this song has been going round in my head for days...

Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
'Cause all that you have is your soul

Not that I'm complaining. It's a really good reminder, and especially timely as I am in the midst of launching and publicising my book Beloved while at the same time getting another one ready for print and helping to run the business that pays the bills.

It's all a bit of an ego trap...and I've been starting to take it all a bit too seriously. This song is a great reminder about what really matters...and its not how many books you sell...I know that much for a fact.

The soul is kind and infinitely patient and it doesn't need any outside validation. The soul waits silently inside for us to come back to ourselves, for us to breathe deeply and to be in the moment.

And this sounds so easy...but we know that it is anything but.

If I can laugh at myself, I know my soul is getting the upper hand...and if I start thinking of all I have to do, and how well I (or badly) I am doing, and how I compare with others, I know it is not the soul, and so not really important.

I have to trust more and more deeply that things are unfolding as they will and as they must and that although I must do my work in the world I must ultimately be able to surrender my control to the greater good, and the higher will and accept what comes.

It's not an easy balance to strike...but I'm trying.

Oh my mama told me
'Cause she say she learned the hard way
Say she want to spare the children
She say don't give or sell your soul away
'Cause all that you have is your soul