10 Ways To Nurture Your Soul

by Judith Rich on February 27, 2017

 

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

7)  Meditation

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.”
Howard Zinn

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.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Penny May 28, 2009 at 7:51 AM

An insightful list! Having tried several of those & failed, my most recent insight (#11?) is that I’m committing myself to treating myself as well or better than I would treat my best friend.

The reason I’ve failed at those nurturing attempts is because I tend to break dates with myself, not follow through with promises I’ve made to myself, not help myself when I need it, and occasionally even call myself rotten names that I would never say to a friend.

I would never blow off my friends’ needs the way I have my own. So now when I try to skip my walk, meditation or yoga, or break a promise to myself, or skip that gallery show opening because the DH doesn’t feel like it, I ask whether I would do that to my friend.

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Stacy May 28, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Judith,

As always, I leave your site inspired and ready to take on a new journey, challenge or adventure. Love the site and can’t wait for your book.

Much love and gratitude

Judith Rich May 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Dear Lisa,

How about BECOMING your best friend? First and foremost. I mean really, who, if you YOU, is always going to be there, no matter what? Consider that your soul IS your best friend. You can count on it to lead you where you need to go, even if the rest of you isn’t sure. The soul knows.
All the self-bashing only distances us from knowing the truth about ourselves, yet most of us hear from an early age, how we don’t measure up. So we buy into those voices of “authority” as if they knew something we don’t. We give our power to them as children (because that’s just how it is) and spend the rest of our lives searching for our power and then trying to take it back.

I say “bravo” to you, Lisa! Love yourself as if it’s all you have, cause in the end, it is!
Blessings,
Judith

Lizzy May 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Judith,
Love, love, love this article. My friend shared it on Facebook…
Thank you! I look forward to reading more of your writing.

Lisa Penny May 28, 2009 at 4:10 PM

lol, good point. Why draw the line at being “like” my best friend. Thank you for your insight & kind thoughts.

gar May 29, 2009 at 3:53 AM

Greetings Judith,

It seems to me that when looking inward at self one might discover a bit of separation between the (I) defined by Tor Norretranders “The User Illusion” and the soul. This soul or essence is the foundation on which our personal reality filters are built upon.

With mindfulness we might discover the structure of our filters but our essence is observed through wu-wei. Doing not doing.

In peace,
gar

Lillie Gander May 29, 2009 at 5:12 AM

Dear Judith,
Comprehending the soul became easier for me since I listened to a guided meditation by Beleruth Naperstak through Health Journeys. In the imagery she describes the soul as being beneath this locked door within your heart where this golden light shines beneath it. It is this indestructible place that was there when you were born and has remained untouchable throughout your life. In the imagery, all the other joys, pains of life are within your heart, but this place is sacred and aware of everything, but indestructible.

Being a visual person, that imagery has helped me understand that my soul is indestructible no matter what happens. It has helped me tell the truth no matter what and that is the most powerful weapon that takes me closer to the finish line of peace, even if alone at times.

All of your suggestions are wonderful. A journal is my saving grace (and others in my life). I find that it also opens up all those feelings and thoughts that you just wouldn’t dare tell others and often I surprise myself.

Thank you so much for your blog. I look first thing now to see what is new.

Peace!

Big Fan of Waldo May 29, 2009 at 5:48 AM

It is said that Emerson was inspired by german philosophers. That may well be true. But they were mostly busy Thinking about Thought, whereas he didn’t stop there but went towards Experiencing Experience.

Kant may have arrived at convincing himself that if by all means you need to believe in God or the Soul or the Sublime, then he can’t keep you from doing it.

Turns out that’s not enough. Not for the Soul, anyway.

Judith Rich May 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Dear Lillie Gander,
I’m a fan of Belaruth Naperstak’s work from many years ago. The imagery you shared is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it here.
Yes, journaling is always a source of surprise for me as well. As in, “I didn’t know I felt that”. That’s the power of allowing space for the unconscious to express itself. Writing is only one way, of course. Painting, playing music, dancing, the things that take us from left brain to right brain, where the seat of creativity resides.
The soul is your creative ally. We engage it when we leave the known and enter the realm of unchartered territory. The soul is at home there, unlike the ego, which prefers to remain on the illusory “solid ground” of what is already known.
I’m happy to know that you’ve found a home here. The door is always open and your seat is being kept warm.
Blessings on the path,
Judith

Tricia May 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Beautiful blog, Dr. Judith. There are no ‘accidents’ regarding affairs of the soul, in my humble opinion. The reasons I came across this blog will become increasingly more clear as time passes. For now, one small sign for me is explained in #5 of your article above. Yesterday, I was ‘dancing’ after coming through some pretty personal rough waters over the past several months. I bumped into your blog on my dance floor, turned to say ‘So, sorry ..’ and was met with a warm smile and ‘I like your moves .. ‘ sort of reply. Thank you.

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