Resting Places of the Soul
In Sufism there is the idea of the maqam, a resting place in the desert, a place to relax and water the camels, a respite for a time.
The soul has maqams. The soul rests in places of beauty.
Maqam (Lit. “station”): One's spiritual station or developmental level, as distinct from one's hal, or state of consciousness. This is seen as the outcome of one's effort to transform oneself, whereas the hal is a gift. “Maqam” is also a term for “scale” or “mode” in Near-Eastern music.
~ from the Dances of Universal Peace Glossary of Terms
What enlivens my soul can change at different periods of my life. I can be drawn to a certain spiritual path or practice, then totally lose interest in it and become interested in something else.
Here's the question:
Am I awake enough to notice? Can I follow my soul?
My heart has become capable of every form:
It is a pasture for gazelles,
And a monastery for Christian monks,
And a temple for idols,
And the Ka'aba of the pilgrims,
And the tablets of the Torah,
And the book of the Koran.
I follow the religion of Love:
Whatever path Love's camel takes,
That is my religion and my faith.
~ Ibn al-Arabi, quoted in Perfume of the Desert,
edited by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanuk