Reflection for today…The Dangers of a Sad Soul -Henry David Thoreau

14 Apr

“A sad soul can kill you quicker, much quicker, than any germ” 
Henry David Thoreau 

Norma Jeane Mortenson otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe was not a “sad soul.”

She was a beautiful soul. 

I don’t particularly think that anyone is a “sad soul.”

Everyone has some melancholy in their soul.

In the continuum of melancholy, some people experience more sadness than others.

I think Thoreau means a chronic sadness/depression is what will kill you.

What is your interpretation?

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Please enjoy Wash My Soul by Tricky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpDJ8KRzV_s

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How can you “wash your soul?”

Meditation? Healing? Love?

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For more information…

Henry David Thoreau…http://www.walden.org/thoreau

Marilyn Monroe…http://marilynmonroe.com/

Tricky…http://www.trickysite.com/

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Peace & Namaste…

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7 Responses to “Reflection for today…The Dangers of a Sad Soul -Henry David Thoreau”

  1. Slayer Muser April 15, 2013 at 5:37 AM #

    Not “Like”. “Adore”. Really struggling to keep up with your posts. There is so much amazing stuff here. ‘Larry David II’, now Marilyn. I sense you are riding a crest of inspiration. This makes me so happy. Will come back and comment on both LD and MM when time permits.

    • MYSOULSONICE April 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

      Slayer Muser…
      Thank your for your adore comment.

      I have been posting every day this month because I set forth a personal challenge.
      I want to see if I can do a post every day for a month.
      To be honest, it is more difficult than I imagined!

      I am happy this made you happy as making you happy made me happy 😉

      Your comments make it all worth it for real 😉

      I will properly respond to your comments {of the past and present} when time permits.

  2. Slayer Muser April 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM #

    1. When Thoreau says “sad soul”, I think he means “sadness”.

    2. Lovely picture from ‘The Misfits’ (1961).

    3. Ha ha! Just read this: “I think Thoreau means a chronic sadness/depression is what will kill you.” See 1. above. Great minds…

    4. “She was a beautiful soul.” If you can’t think of souls as sad, then I don’t think you can think of them as beautiful either. I think of souls as pure consciousness, like air or water or the number zero; an ineffable and incomprehensible peace. In other words, all people’s souls are the same. How they are as people is another question. Then again, you could argue there are no good or evil people, just people having good or evil thoughts. Perhaps what unites everybody is their “soul”, their consciousness, which is neither positive nor negative – just pure.

    5. I don’t think you can wash a soul. By my above definition, it’s clean already. “Wash my Mind” would have been on the button. You access your soul through meditation, healing loving, being creative.

    Adore MM. She’s a fascinating personality, and so, so beautiful. Thank you for this.

    Some more quotes here, which you have seen but others may not have:
    http://guymeetsworld.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/who-is-norma-jeane-baker/

    • MYSOULSONICE November 11, 2013 at 8:17 AM #

      Slayer Muser…
      1. I agree that Thoreau means sadness/melancholy.

      2. Yes it is a lovely picture.
      Marilyn overall is a lovely human being.
      She seem to be very humble, kind and sensitive.

      3. Great minds have a psychic connection ;).

      4. You are right in that souls are not inherently beautiful or sad.
      Souls probably have no emotion and are emotionally neutral.
      However, for the purposes of this blog, I like to call people I admire, like and respect “beautiful souls.”

      I loved this line in particular,
      “I think of souls as pure consciousness, like air or water or the number zero; an ineffable and incomprehensible peace.”
      You really have a way with words!

      Yes, it could be argued that everyone’s soul is the same but what about karma???
      Is karma the wild card?
      {I am definitely going on a tangent}.
      Duly noted ;).

      As for your “there are no good or evil people just people having good or evil thoughts” proposition.
      It is very seductive.
      However, we must all consider actions.
      What if someone has evil thoughts but they do not act them out?
      Does that make them evil?
      {Vice versa for the good thoughts and subsequent actions}.

      Or is that like the philosophical conundrum of if a tree falls in the forest does it still make a sound?

      I think your final idea of a universal consciousness is really the answer.
      “Perhaps what unites everybody is their “soul”, their consciousness, which is neither positive nor negative – just pure.

      Is this your new gravatar quote?
      ““Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration and that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively.
      There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and you are the imagination of yourself.”

      Is it a Timothy Leary quote?
      *I just read that it is your beloved Bill Hicks ;).
      {Please tell me more about his philosophy}.

      5. I am not sure if you can wash a soul.
      Perhaps you can cleanse it via love, healing, meditation, creativity, etc.

      Of course if you are going by the your soul is already clean point of view then it cannot be washed.

      Your final thought was most poignant,
      “Wash my Mind” would have been on the button. You access your soul through meditation, healing loving, being creative.”
      Yes maybe we can wash our mind but not our soul.

      Are you suggesting that the soul is more esoteric than the mind?

      I also like Marilyn Monroe.
      I am interested in her as a person more so than as an actress.
      She was quite the lover of literature and she had an intellectual side that few knew about {but I am sure that you do}.
      Marilyn Monroe Reading
      {This is what I want to deeply explore about her}.

      *Yes, she is so beautiful.

      *More Marilyn Monroe posts to come…
      {I shall have to re-read your lovely Marilyn Monroe post for reference}.
      http://slayermusings.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/marilyn-monroe/

      Peace & Love…
      P.s. Since you read a book about her, could you please enlighten me about her death?
      Why is it so mysterious?

      • Slayer Muser November 17, 2013 at 5:19 AM #

        Woah, funky new blog background! Someone really does adore Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Bet you wet your knickers when you found out about “Dracula” (I was clueless until re-visiting your refurbished wall). Is it any good?

        4. OK. And “beautiful soul” or “sad soul” is more poetic.

        Good call about karma. Jainism agrees with you. Still can’t help thinking that thoughts, actions and karma are peripheral to the inner core, which is pure and uniform / universal. May well be wrong. Probably am.

        “What if someone has evil thoughts but they do not act them out?
        Does that make them evil?” Good questions! Possibly. What about the idea that thoughts are frequencies which, though invisible, expand into and touch and affect (and effect) the material world? Although someone might not be physically acting out evil on you, have you never felt uneasy in their company, by the way they were looking at you, their eyes, or by what you sensed they were thinking?

        The philosophical conundrum is, if a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one there to hear it, does it still make a sound? Unquestionably. But it’s a lovely teaser!

        That’s the one! My beloved Bill. As for Bill’s philosophy, can I refer you to this:

        slayermusings.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/bill-hicks-50-today/

        I think you’ve already seen it. Not being lazy. Just think it’s the best I can do.

        5. Soul more esoteric than the mind? Deffo.

        I am aware that my beloved MM liked to read. One of my favourite pictures is of her reading “Ulysses”. Google-search “Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses” and it brings up lots of juicy snaps.

        Her death is mysterious because we still can’t be sure how she died. Since bottles of pills were found on her bedside table, and the Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded cause of death as “acute barbiturate poisoning”, most conclude that she committed suicide. Others, however, believe she was murdered, perhaps for getting too close to the Kennedy family (she had affairs with both John and Robert), perhaps from being involved with the CIA or the Mafia (remember Sinatra (where she also had a bit of fun) might have been up to no good with the Mafia). Lee Strasberg, Marilyn’s acting coach, would say she was murdered. In his eulogy, he said:

        “In her eyes, and in mine, her career was just beginning… She had a luminous quality. A combination of wistfulness, radiance, and yearning that set her apart and made everyone wish to be part of it – to share in the childish naivete which was at once so shy and yet so vibrant.”

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