On Feeding the Soul
On this Mindful Monday, let's talk about what feeds your soul. What is it that you do that makes you feel alive, grounded, hopeful? Whatever that is, you must carve out time each week to do it. Feeding your soul is as important as feeding your body. You can't grow if you have been depriving yourself of a good soul-feeding.
So much unhappiness is a result of starvation of the soul. Whenever you feel pulled toward any measure of darkness, shift your thoughts. Think of what lifts you up and fill yourself up.
Sometimes it is as simple as a change of environment. I am not talking about a trip around the world here but rather a stepping outside of whatever box that is closing you in. Physically experiencing a different view can stimulate a new way of looking at your life. Plan an evening or a day in a nearby city, take in a movie, try a new restaurant, go for a walk in a park. Just work something into your routine that freshens up your mindset.
Think of the way you feel at any certain time as messages from your mind, body, and spirit to reevaluate whatever is taking place in your life.
My yoga teacher training taught me to better read my emotions: what we called the "yuck" and the "yum." If something makes you feel "yuck," it's not for you. Accept it and move on from it. Instead, search out more "yum." For me at the moment, the "yum" is taking the train to Chicago at least once a week. I love the energy of the city. On these little excursions over the last couple of months, I have gone to new restaurants, plays, yoga workshops, and cooking classes. This past weekend, for example, I spent all day Saturday at an artisanal bread making workshop where I not only learned new skills but enjoyed meeting new people.
What will you do this week that will feed your own soul? I welcome you to share your plan in the comments, no matter how big or small.
Wishing you a joy-filled week!