“Happily may I walk. Happily with abundant dark clouds may I walk. Happily with abundant showers, may I walk. Happily with abundant plants, may I walk. Happily on a trail of pollen, may I walk. With beauty before me, may I walk. With beauty behind me, may I walk. With beauty above me, may I walk. With beauty below me, may I walk. With beauty all around me, may I walk. Wandering on a trail of beauty, lively I walk.

Author: Navajo chant


1. What moments in your life have you experienced
– “abundant dark clouds”
– “abundant showers”
– “abundant plants”
– “a trail of pollen”

2. How can you “happily” walk, regardless of outdoor weather conditions, your own inner emotional state, the global political angst?

2. What questions have been more important to you than the answers?

3. Consider your understanding of walking and the Navajo understanding. Is there a difference? If so, what?

4. What might prevent you from walking Navajo-style in your life?

5. What is your understanding of ‘beauty’?

6. What do you understand to be the Navajo chat understanding of ‘beauty’?

7. When you go for a walk, reflect on the ‘beauty’ you see “before me”, “behind me”, “above me”, “below me.”

In your journal, reflect on the above questions and how you might move beyond whatever blocked you in those circumstances.


How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place. Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies.
This is your time.
These are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found

The “Soul-Questions” website can be found at

© June Maffin

AN EASTER GIFT: Invitation to Soul-Questions

AN EASTER GIFT: Invitation to Soul-Questions

I wish you H A P P Y  E A S T E R! and send you a gift: an invitation to explore and work with “Soul-Questions.”

Out of a global atmosphere of fear, anxiety, loneliness, alienation of spirit and continual reminders of the emergency situation in many countries because of climate change, political haranguing, personal stress, a growing concern for emotional, mental and spiritual well-being is growing. Many are finding themselves stressed – uncertain about the future for themselves, their families, democracy, the world. And so, not surprisingly, a growing awareness of the importance of balance – physically, intellectually and spiritually and “listening” to the Voice-Within is becoming an integral way of healing – bringing calm to individuals.

Through a series of over “Soul-Questions” based on 80 inspirational quotations from ordinary and extraordinary people around the world living in different centuries, Soul-Questions offer an opportunity to … know oneself more deeply … reflect on a multitude of issues … embrace life in new ways … ask “what do I believe about …” and in doing so, reduction in stress can emerge. In the process of responding to the Soul-Questions, a deepening of spiritual awareness can encourage the reader on a unique journey of self-discovery.

From the book “Soulistry-Artisty of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nourish Your Spirituality”) the Soul-Questions are, according to Dr. Larry Dossey a method of “finding the silence and attention that a healthy soul requires.”

Some keep their responses to the Soul-Questions in a personal and private Journal; some use them as a jumping-off point for discussion with others who are responding to the questions as well; and some simply quietly reflect on the questions at various times in their life.

You are welcome to join Soul-Questions on Facebook ( – remember to scroll down through earlier postings and “stay tuned” as I’ll be adding more Soul-Questions in the coming weeks/months. You are welcome to contact me for information about purchasing the actual book. And, you can find the Soul-Questions here on the Soulistry website by clicking “Soul-Questions” at the top of the website main page or by going here:

Easter has many symbols and themes. One such theme is that of ‘new growth’. Whether you observe Easter for religious reasons or not, may the fifty days of Easter be a time of new beginnings and may Soul-Questions be an oasis of new self-growth, self-discovery, self-understanding and healing – bringing a bit of relief from personal/global stress. H A P P Y E A S T E R!!

June Maffin

© June Maffin

“Soulistry:Artistry of the Soul” – content

“Soulistry:Artistry of the Soul” – content

Welcome to “Soul-Questions” one of the Soulistry *umbrella* groups.

The “Soulistry: Artistry of the Soul – Creative Ways to Nurture Your Spirituality” publication offers 80 quotes by a wide variety of authors along with Soul-Questions to encourage readers to listen to the “still, small Voice within” and know themselves more deeply.

The book’s Preface, Prologue and Appendices supplement the Soul-Questions and are available in the print ‘book’ version available through Amazon, the author, your local bookstore, Gumroad. Over time, more of the quotes and their accompanying “Soul-Questions” from the book will find their way to this Facebook group. If you have a particular title from the list below you would like posted here, feel free to write me here on this site or: june at soulistry dot com.

Please note that if you subscribe to this website, you will receive all Soulistry postings directly into your inbox. No record is kept of your email address – no selling of your personal information either.


TITLES of Quotes and their authors (all with permission to publish) are as follows.

Aging … Mark Twain
Aiming High … Michelangelo
All Shall Be Well … Julian of Norwich
And the Day Came … Anais Nin
A Spiritual Experience … Pierre Teillard de Chardin
A Spirituality of Play … Margaret Guenther
A Spirituality of Work … Confucius
Being Remembered … Mattie Stepanek
Believing … Verna Dozier
Blessed Are You … Jesus of Nazareth
Challenge Your Limits … Jerry Dunn
Come to the Edge … Guillaume Apollinaire
Courage … Ambroe Redmoon
Darkness Deserves Gratitude … Joan Chittister
Deeping the Mystery … Francis Bacon
Doing Good … John Wesley
Doing What You Think You Cannot Do … Eleanor Roosevelt
Draw the Circle Wide … Gordon Light
Excursions to Enchantment … Thomas Moore
Faith … Patrick Overton
Feeding the Wolf … Cherokee Legend
Finding God’s Presence … Herbert O’Driscoll
Forgiveness .. Mahatma Gandhi
Friends … Kahlil Gibran
Gift … Denis Brown
Gladdening the Hearts … Henri Amiel
God’s Milk … Anne Sexton
Gratitude … Meister Eckhart
Happiness … Chinese Proverb
Hatred Ceases … Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
Holding Fast to Dreams … Langson Hughes
Hope Has Two Daughters … Augustine
Journey Inward … Dag Hammarskjold
Keening … Lara
Keeping Secrets … Paul Tournier
Laughing At Ourselves … Katherine Mansfield
Life Goes On … Robert Frost
Light From Within … Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Living Life With Confidence … Henry David Thoreau
Look Well to This Day … Sanskirt Provert
Loving Your Enemy … Jesus of Nazareth
May I Walk … Navajo Chant
May You Be Blessed … St. Francis of Assisi
Mystery … Martin Buber
Nothing You Can Do … Desmond Tutu
Open Doors … Alexander Graham Bell
Peace Within … Jill Jackson
Problem-Solving … Anthony D’Angelo
Questions That Speak … Chinese Proverb
Radiating Intrinsic Goodness … Wangari Maathai
Rekindling the Light … Albert Schweitzer
Religious Belief … Dalai Lama
Rising Every Time … Confucius
Risking Frustration … Thomas Merton
Secret of the Spiritual Life … Gerald Heard
Seeing the Spirit Sparkle … Gwen Weaver
Six Letters … Gemma Black
Soul Alive … Eleonora Duse
Soul Harvest … Lao Tzu
Soul Stars … Pamela Vaull Starr
Spiritual Mountain-Climbing … Sri chinmoy
Success … Henry Ward Beecher
The Acquisition of Wisdom … Solomon ibn Gabirol
The Art of Being Kind … Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Idea of God … Madeleine L’Engle (Miguel de Unamuno)
The Mark of Wisdom … Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Only Journey … Raider Maria Rilke
The Web of Life … Chief Seattle (traditionally attributed)
The Well Within … Thich Nhat Hanh
Today I Am Asking … Alice Hancock
Today’s Road … Nagarjuna (traditionally attributed)
Tomorrow’s Seeds … Chinese Proverb
Trusting the Unseen … Ralph Waldo Emerson
Vulnerability … Sigmund Freud
Walking In and Out … Joy Harjo
What Does Love Look Like … Augustine
What is Spirituality … Dan Wakefield
What We See … Peter Thornton
Worldly Inexperience … Joseph Addison

In the Appendices:

How to Make Your Own Journal
The Soulistry “story”
Author Biographies
About the Author – Who Am I?

Soulistry Soul Question: “RISING EVERY TIME”

Soulistry Soul Question: “RISING EVERY TIME”

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”

Confucius (551 – 479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher whose teaching and philosophy deeply influenced Eastern thought and his thoughts developed into a system known today as Confucianism. He was a strong proponent of building a harmonious society following the well-known philosophy that people ‘do not do to others what they do not want done to themselves’ – a very early “Golden Rule.”

* In your journal, reflect on the moments of ‘rising’ in your life. Note what you did to bring about that resurrection moment.

*What were the results?

*Consider a time in your life when stresses were such that you became sad, depressed, isolated, distanced from family/support groups/friends and did *not* rise. What consequences were there from that time of ‘rising’?

*Have you ever experienced feelings of guilt at times when you were unable to rise after falling?
Journal about those feelings and consider how you might handle such feelings should similar occasions arise in the future

*Reflect on one of the ‘rising’ moments in your life in your journal, noting – your feelings – any consequences – what prompted you to rise

*Reflect on the strength, encouragement, energy, healing you received when you picked yourself up from a difficult time in your life.


The tulip is from my garden and is one of the ones I brought back from the Netherlands. It’s already beginning to wilt – will die – but then next spring, it will “rise again”. The cycle of life.


How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place. Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. Then follow that process for the remaining questions.

Take your time in writing your reply.

It helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found and you are welcome to join us for more Soul-Questions.

© June Maffin



A gentle leader and humble man, Thich Nhat Hanh, died this day, January 21, 2022.

Born in 1926, he became a Buddhist monk when he was only sixteen. Working tirelessly for reconciliation between North and South Vietnam, his lifelong efforts to generate peace moved Martin Luther King Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Living in exile in France where he founded a retreat centre, Hahn became a prolific writer, renowned scholar, world leader and spiritual guide, championing a movement that weaves traditional meditative practices with nonviolent civil disobedience. His teachings revolved around … respect for life … generosity … loving communication … and cultivation of a healthy lifestyle; his Mindfulness meditation technique helped people in their desire for wholeness and inner calm for generations.

Often quoted, one of Hanh’s phrases particularly spoke to me as I was writing the ‘Soulistry – Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture Your Spirituality’ book. That phrase become one of the quotations in the book – a book which puts forth “Soul Questions” for readers to reflect upon and consider their purpose in life and reason for living. To learn more about the ‘Soulistry’ book and read some reviews, you are welcome to click:

In thanksgiving for the life of Thich Nhat Hanh and in thankfulness for his permission to use his quote in the ‘Soulistry – Artistry of the Soul’ book, I share Hanh’s words and the Soul-Questions based on his quote for your personal reflection … in your thoughts; in your journal; in discussion with a friend, spiritual guide, soul friend, religious leader,

(“Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul”, page 11)

“The well is within us. If we dig deeply in the present moment, the water will spring forth.”

Soulistry Soul-Questions:

* What do you think the author means by “the well is within”?

* How have you dug “deeply in the present moment” in your life?

* What growth/learning/self-discoveries resulted from such reflection?

* How might you begin to “dig deeply in the present moment”?

* Are there things in your past or evident in this present time that are preventing you from looking at “the well within” you? If so, name/journal/talking them over with a counselor, spiritual director, soul friend, religious leader so that these things no longer have power over you, restricting your ongoing tapping of the well-within.

* What “water” do you hope “will spring forth” from such self-examination?

Thank you, Thich Nhat Hanh for your gentle leadership, for you faithfulness to the call you heard, and for your wisdom. May you rest in peace now for all eternity.

© June Maffin



“We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.”

Wangari Maathai (1940 – ) is an environmental and political activist. Born in Kenya, she received the Nobel Peace prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She was an elected Member of Parliament, founded the Greenbelt Movement which planted over thirty million trees in Kenya to help prevent soil erosion, was awarded the first PhD by the University of Nairobi, and increasingly active on both environmental and women’s issues.

Her husband divorced her, reputedly saying that she was too strong-minded for a woman and that he was unable to control her. After the judge in the divorce case agreed with her husband, she was put in jail for speaking out against the judge who then decreed that she could no longer use her husband’s surname. In defiance, she chose to add an extra “a” to her last name – changing, but not changing it. She experienced imprisonment and physical attack for demanding multi-party elections and an end to tribal politics and political corruption in Kenya.


1. What does “intrinsic goodness of humankind” mean to you?

2. How can “intrinsic goodness” be radiated?

3. How can spirituality be expressed in environmental, economic, political etc. activism?

4. How can you work with others who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind “for a better world”?

How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found

© June Maffin