seeing a soul

Sometimes it just rips right through your bones and skin and reaches out.  It is like an extension of your heart that can grip things and pull them toward you.  And then you can look square into someone's eyes and see beyond the color and the reflection.  You see intention and concern and soul.

This is true connection.  It is love and friendship and empathy.  And the real trick, for me, is tucking those things back in when it is time to do something else.  Ungrip.  Unlook.  Unsee.

19 comments

Garden of Egan | February 7, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Very thought provoking.
I like it!

Bossy Betty | February 7, 2011 at 8:37 AM

True...so true!

LisAway | February 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

You are a deep thinker and feeler. I love it.

Becca | February 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM

I've been thinking about the second part of this lately - how sometimes, that connection that we dream of, pray for, seek out... is just too much and we have to take the step backwards and just Live the Life for a while.

Barbaloot | February 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I have trouble getting that connection in the first place. I've been blessed with it a few times, and then I go back to my usual, sarcastic self and it disappears.

Valerie | February 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Ya know what? I just really, really love what you write! Always gets me thinking.

L.T. Elliot | February 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

This has so much contrast. Yearning and shyness in one. I think I feel that so often, this longing to connect and then I fear to do it.

Connie | February 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

There are some souls we connect with better than others. Then we go along our merry way and forget.

Nicely written.

Cherie | February 7, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I think we know each other soul to soul and some we know better than others. I think when we meet we recognize something...or remember something.

TechnoBabe | February 8, 2011 at 5:35 AM

When you unhook and let go though, you have changed and been enhanced by the experience. Every tiny moment matters, doesn't it?

Becca "The Rock Star" Hay | February 8, 2011 at 7:22 AM

"...see beyond the color and the reflection. You see intention and concern and soul." I think this is how Christ sees us, beyond physicality. He sees not parts but the whole.

Mrs4444 | February 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Being sensitive to others is such a blessing. Sometimes, it's a bit of a burden, too. Thankfully, the good parts carry us through :)

Lara | February 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Wow. This is something that is always fleeting for me. It kind of scares me. Your attitude is so great.

Heidi | February 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Ack! I want to hear more. You could win a contest for best hook.

Rebecca | February 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

This is both true and deeply beautiful, Karen.

Melanie Jacobson | February 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM

It's been a long time since I've had to unsee. That's a hard skill.

wendy | February 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

soul sistas........

Bookslinger | February 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM

One should also have the permission or approval of the grab-ee before you spritually grab them. Maybe they don't want to be grabbed, or they might not want to be grabbed by you.

Spiritual perception is not always one way.

Terresa | February 15, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Ungrip, unlook, see. Poetic truths, thank you.