"Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, the wind is passing through." -Christina Rossetti
Our bodies we can see, weigh, touch, and even decorate.Our minds we can see in operation when someone solves a difficult problem or memorizes a poem. We can measure intelligence and observe the inner workings of the brain through modern imaging.
But there is no CT scan of the spirit. Like the wind, it cannot be seen, but it is a strong force in our lives. We see evidence of the spirit in a parent’s love for a child. It motivates heroes, fuels curiosity of a scientist, and sustains a Holocaust survivor. We see signs of the spirit in the mother who cannot recall her child’s name, but can recite an Emily Dickinson poem; in the father who cannot learn even a simple tune on the piano, but plays previously learned complex tunes.