A GUIDE TO HELP NURTURE YOUR SOUL.
Have you ever felt an emptiness inside that you can’t quite place your finger on? This might be a signal from deep within to nurture your soul.
In today’s post, we’ll go over what it means to feed your soul, the importance of keeping your soul happy, and 10 simple ways to nurture your soul every day.
We are embodied spirits and inspirited bodies, (or, if you will, embodied minds and minded bodies). Anonymous
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEED THE SOUL?
The ways in which you nourish your soul is going to be unique to you. Whether you’re aware of it or not, there are many factors that influence how you nourish yourself, like where you live, your beliefs, gender, race and even what stage you are in life.
When I was a child, nourishing my soul meant going on a shopping spree at the local department store and buying every toy I desired.
As a teenager, it was having a group of girlfriends, the approval of my peers and wearing the latest fashions.
When I was a working mom, a massage at the spa fed my soul, even if it was wrapped up with some mom guilt.
Now that I’m a “work-from-home” mom of 3 during a global pandemic, what feeds my soul is doing something for myself each day that makes me feel satisfied and happy.
Most days, I nourish my body, mind, and spirit by waking up before the crack of dawn to start my morning routine. This time is sacred to me because it’s the only time of day that I have to myself.
I didn’t realize how important it was to have ME time until I traveled alone halfway across the country. I was giddy even being at the airport by myself for the first time in 18 years.
When I came back from my trip 3 days later, I felt renewed and my family was fine and thriving. I realized then that I needed to nourish myself on a regular basis, not just on a weekend trip every 18 years.
Feeding your soul means nurturing yourself in a way that is meaningful and joyful to you. When you nourish your soul, you feel indescribable contentment that reverberates through your mind and body.
THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING YOUR SOUL HAPPY.
Running on an empty tank will only make your spirit suffer.
When I came home from my Miami Beach trip, I understood the importance of nourishing my spirit on a regular basis, but I didn’t put it into practice right away.
The reason I didn’t was I had no idea what nourished my soul except in hindsight. I had to experiment with different times of the day, techniques, and tools before I could create a routine that would truly nurture me.
Once I settled on something that suited my lifestyle, I noticed that I could connect with myself with greater awareness and authenticity. It even improved my relationship with myself and others.
I’m not suggesting that nurturing your soul is the solution to all of life’s problems. But knowing what fulfills you spiritually may build your resilience and help you feel more contentment in life.
How you nurture your soul and how often you do it will depend on your preferences and your schedule.
A trip alone to a sub-tropical area might not be your cup of tea. Or you might be a busy mom who can only do a self-care routine once a week.
You alone will know what will strengthen and nourish your mind, body, and spirit each day. Only you have the power to discern what it is that makes your cup overfloweth and take action.
10 WAYS TO NURTURE YOUR SOUL EVERY DAY
FIND YOUR PURPOSE
A good place to start is to define what you value and what your beliefs are. Take your time with this and be patient because you might find that you have lots of different purposes and passions.
The most important thing to remember is to find out what it is that makes your life feel more purposeful.
SPEND TIME IN NATURE
Mother Nature humbles and inspires us at the same time. She reminds us that we are not the center of the Universe but at the same time connects us to it.
You know this feeling if you’ve ever watched the sun rise, walked through a forest, or planted a garden. If you haven’t, go and give it a try as soon as possible.
I know a lot of people who can’t sit and meditate for more than 5 minutes. I used to be one of them. For a year, I put the effort in and I just couldn’t do it without some sort of guidance. I either fell asleep or got anxious if I did it by myself.
Thankfully, I discovered that there are different ways to meditate. You don’t have to empty your mind or sit for hours either, which is a common misconception.
You can meditate while walking, eating, or cleaning; and for just a few minutes each day. It can help to reduce anxiety and stress and even give you more clarity.
Meditation has become so huge that if you typed it in any search bar, you’ll have connections to an infinite selection. If you want to start meditating, all you have to do is find the ones that you enjoy and then stick with them.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
For most of my life, I ignored my body’s signals and didn’t realize there was a mind-body connection. It wasn’t until I suffered multiple health issues that I started learning to listen to it.
When you’re in touch with your body, you can be in touch with your soul easier.
LEARN HOW TO LET GO
Learn to let go of false beliefs and the need to strive for perfection. Examples of false or limiting beliefs are not feeling good enough or worthy enough.
They can impede on your journey toward spiritual nourishment. This is not something that will happen overnight since a lot of limiting beliefs are ingrained into us from childhood. Seek some help, from either a trusted place or a professional, if you think you might run into challenges with this.
A journal can give you more clarity on the things that nurture your mind, body, and spirit.
Your journal will be like a blank canvas for your mind because you can write about anything you wish. It can have a specific purpose, like a gratitude journal. Or you can write freeform, without any structure, so you can put all your thoughts down on paper without filtering anything out.
MAKE GENUINE AND MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS
Human beings are social creatures and we need connection to each other in order to thrive. However, you want to make sure you connect with people who you vibe with.
No relationship is perfect, but be selective about who you spend your precious time with because the last thing you want is for someone to drag you down with them. Choose people who will lift you up spiritually, challenge you without being competitive, and are a joy to be with.
PRACTICE COMPASSION FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS.
Self compassion did not come naturally to me because of all the limiting beliefs I had programmed into my subconscious since I was a small child. I had to remind myself of my worth each day (and still do) so I didn’t beat myself up for every little mistake.
When you have compassion for yourself, you give yourself permission to accept your flaws. This takes time and patience, but you will be rewarded with love and compassion for yourself.
It is not a selfish act either because it will fill you up spiritually, physically, and mentally. Having more love and compassion for yourself will also help you have more genuine compassion for others.
Forgiveness is releasing a resentment you have towards yourself or someone else. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to excuse what was done to you or forget what the other person did.
It allows you to let go of the energy that is crushing your mind, body, and spirit because of old emotional ties. It takes time to genuinely forgive. Once you can get to that place, you can create space for the things that will nurture you spiritually.
You may want to seek professional help if you need to process any difficult past trauma.
DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
Find something that will satisfy your soul and bring you joy and pleasure. Get out a pen and paper and write down all the activities that you love to do.
Then, set a date when you can get it done and do it. It doesn’t have to be anything grand. Doing what you love can be as simple as drinking a cup of coffee every morning, walking around your neighborhood, or catching a flick on your favorite streaming service.
I hope that these tips will give you some inspiration on how to nurture your soul. Once you discover what it is that meets your spiritual needs, you can take small steps each day to live with more meaning, fulfillment, and joy.
Do you have a tip that feeds the soul? I would love to know. Please leave a comment below.