This is an excerpt from a recent post on the Huffington Post, with a few tweaks and twists thrown in just to keep us all honest. You can read the full post here, or the Cliff Notes version below. Just thought I’d add this little piece of nice news, this post was one of the top 5 emailed entries on the Huffington Post yesterday. I have you wonderful readers to thank for that. Enjoy!
What feeds your soul? What sets your soul on fire? What gets you through the tough times and has you come out even stronger? The answers to these questions are the medicine your soul is seeking. A worthy inquiry, indeed! Search your own soul for the answers. Here are my Top 10:
10 Ways To Nurture Your Soul
1) Tell The Truth
We speak in terms of “searching our soul” when we need to find answers for life’s deep questions. The soul is the seat of our own truth and is a demand for it. We must seek the truth and tell it. Skate by the truth as your soul knows it, and sooner or later, you’ll be back to re-visit the subject you avoided. The soul settles for nothing less than the bare naked truth.
2) Spend Time In Nature
Live close to the earth and you’ll know its soul. When you know the soul of nature, you’ll know your own. Spend time in the natural world and allow yourself to connect with all living things and you will find your place in the order of life. You will see yourself as a part of nature, no more and no less than the stars and the trees. The soul rests in the natural world.
3) Experience Your Experience
The soul is a junkie for experience. It loves it all! The soul has no preference for pain or joy; just a demand that we experience whatever is true in the moment. When grief or sadness are upon you, feel them, experience them. Through these harder emotions, new doors open and great freedom enters. When joy and passion are present, live them out loud. The soul is a glutton for living with gusto!
4) Live On The Edge
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean De La Fontaine
Live out to the edges of your life. That’s where the soul thrives. The soul seeks possibilities that can only be found beyond what is already known, safe and comfortable. It does not understand the meaning of “impossible”. What is already known is already known. To the soul, the “juice” lies in the unknown, where all things are possible. The soul calls us to come to the edge, then go beyond.
5) Dance No Matter What
There will be times in your life when the sun doesn’t shine. Dance anyway. There will be times when life is painful. Dance with your pain. The soul is naturally drawn to the dark, tight places inside. Its job is to expand those places so the light can shine into and through them. Dance with whatever cards you’re dealt, then tell the truth about it. The soul is nothing if not an excellent dancer. Give it the dance floor and step aside!
6) Uncontrollable Belly Laughs
Laughter is good medicine for the soul. Nothing can uplift the spirit and lighten the soul like a good laugh that starts at your belly and explodes through your whole body. It’s orgasmic! The soul needs orgasms as much as the body needs them. Who do you laugh with? Have a “laughter date” at least once a week. It’s OK to be silly, hokey, corny, all the things your ego wouldn’t deign to be. Get a grip and let her rip!
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire“. ~Ferdinand Foch
To meditate is to enter the soul’s inner temple. Here, you’ll hear the soul’s whisper. How much better is it to learn to listen through a direct contact like stillness that to try to decipher the soul’s calling through the din of ordinary life? Your soul smiles when you meditate, however that looks for you. There is no one, right way. The effect on your system after meditation is like drinking water after crawling through the desert. It quenches the soul’s thirst to be known.
8) Keep A Journal
Your journal is a living document of your soul’s process. It affirms that you were here, you lived a life, you loved, you lost, you learned. Be sure to record your dreams, which are the language of the soul.
9) Love It All, Give It All
At the end of the day, how much did you love? Were you a lover of life, the world? Did you love with a big, wide, open, generous heart? Did you love without conditions? This is what will matter when you come to the finish line. The soul is here to learn to love it all, even and perhaps especially, those things the ego thinks are unlovable. Love the unlovable parts of yourself and others and your soul will find peace.
10) Bring A Sense Of The Sacred
To the soul, it’s all holy. It’s all sacred. Every moment, every experience, every blade of grass, every bug that crawls, every baby that cries, every tear that’s shed, every gesture of love, every act of kindness….. it’s all sacred. To bring a sense of the sacred to every moment is to live out the mission of the soul.
“To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
You’ve read a few of my favorite ways to feed the soul, how about yours? What constitutes good soul medicine for you? Please drop by the comment section below and share your ideas. And thanks for being here.