4 ways to nourish your soul
Posted on March 02 2015
I recently wrote an article titled If you don’t feed your soul, the world will feed it for you. I got so many messages from people letting me know that they had never stopped to think about what they were unconsciously letting into their lives.
It’s interesting that we constantly think about what we’ll eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner but we never think twice about what we’re feeding our souls. I know people whose souls eat frustration for breakfast, gossip for lunch and doubt for dinner. There are so many of us walking around with empty, unsatisfied and completely depleted souls –and then we wonder why our lives are such a mess.
The number one question that I got after writing the article mentioned above was “How do I feed my soul?”. There are so many ways to nourish one’s soul. One size does not fit all. Below are a few things that have helped me in my journey in creating balance.
There are quite a few misconceptions about meditation. You don’t have to be sitting in an Ashram in India in the lotus position to reap the benefits of meditation. I use meditation in two ways; to listen and to speak to myself. The goal is to create clarity within. I sometimes meditate for 5 minutes, other times I can go for 30 minutes. I try not to judge myself whatever the outcome is. What’s important is that I’m taking some time to connect with myself.
2. Read, listen, learn.
I make it my duty to know. I live by the fact that knowledge is power. I’m not talking about power over other people but the kind of power that touches you at the very core of your soul. It’s the kind of power that causes change, change in the self and eventually in the world. I fall asleep to a book every single night. I play an audio book every other night. Even as I’m sleeping, my soul is eating.
3. Be present
It’s sounds so cliché but it’s the one thing I have a feeling I’ll continue to strive for until my last moment on this earth. When I wash dishes, I try to really feel the way the water touches my skin, I try to really hear the way the water hits the dishes and the sink. We go through so many moments in this life that we’ll never remember. Being present is a sign of respect for where you are and what you’re doing. It pushes you to act and not react. Most importantly, it shows you that life is a gift, not a given.
4. Clean house
4 words. Get rid of it. Toxic friends, old clothes, miserable jobs…if it doesn’t add value to your life, get rid of it.