by Linda on July 3, 2016

A soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience…..  Emily Dickinson

I love the thought of keeping my soul open. I’m not too much of a doer in the keeping my soul open, however.  I’ve had opportunities to keep my soul open, which I thought I was doing,  and have had the craziest people walk in. These were not exactly ecstatic experiences with those people.  What exactly does standing a jar mean?  Today for me it means, to be open to the possibilities, to be open minded and to make very conscious decisions about who welcome in the door to my soul.

As Emily Dickinson says: A soul should always stand ajar.  She didn’t say to stand  wide open. She didn’t say let the entire marching band with all its instruments and noise can come traipsing through.  I think  by using the word “ajar”, she meant that there needs to be vigilance.

I’m still learning about vigilance.  Learning about making conscious decisions.  And keeping my soul ajar for the ecstatic experiences that may wander in.  Looking forward to those. Clinton Mill 01


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Paul Taubman July 3, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Keeping your soul ajar also seems like the prudent thing to do – if you keep it wide open, anything come in. In today’s day and age, I certainly do not want EVERYTHING coming into my soul!

Having it ajar allows us to evaluate and determine what we let in and what we keep out. That sounds safer to me!

Thanks for sharing.


Barbara Radisavljevic July 3, 2016 at 8:07 PM

I like that idea of keeping the soul ajar so I never miss something God might be trying to tell me, or some important insight from someone else. I think it’s an indication of an open spirit. I agree it’s better to keep the soul ajar rather than open wide. When a door is ajar, you can peak to see who or what is there before opening it wide.


Linda July 5, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Thank you, Paul.


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