Soul Shaping

David Price
4 min readJun 13, 2024
Umberto Boccioni — The Mother, 1909

When we are young, it’s the illusion of perfection

that we fall in love with. As we age, it’s the humanness

that we fall in love with- the poignant stories of

overcoming, the depthful vulnerability of aging, the

struggles that grew us in karmic stature, the way a

soul shaped itself to accommodate its circumstances.

With less energy to hold up our armor, we are revealed

and, in the revealing, we call out to each other’s


Where we once saw imperfect scars, we now see evidence of a life fully lived.

— Jeff Brown


I have come to think that care of the soul requires a high degree of resistance to the culture around us, simply because that culture is dedicated to values that have no concern for the soul.

— Thomas Merton


Do the kind of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.

— Morrie Schwartz




David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.