“Going through life hoping other people will make you happy is like walking around in a fully stocked kitchen, never reaching for food but hoping to be fed. Reach. It is your responsibility to feed your own soul.” These are the beautiful and powerful words of Nanea Hoffman.
What feeds your soul? Do you know?
There are many ways to think of a “soul.” There are many interpretations and meanings. But, ultimately, the interpretation, the meaning is a personal one. Ultimately, of course, it’s up to you. Here are two definitions I like, which come from this post:
“The soul is the core of your being. It is eternal. It doesn’t exist in space/time. It’s a field of infinite possibilities, infinite creativity. It’s your internal reference point with which you should always be in touch.” ~ Deepak Chopra
“To me, the soul is a part of us that never dies. It’s who we are at our core. And it carries all the messages and the lessons that we’ve learned in the past, and will carry all the lessons and the messages that we will carry into the future.” ~ Debbie Ford
Today, consider what feeds your core self. Below are a few examples of soul-nourishing activities:
- reading a religious or spiritual text.
- reading anything that delights and touches you, anything that connects you to your essence.
- spending time among trees, studying their trunks and branches.
- watching the sunrise.
- having a heart-to-heart with a loved one.
- writing. writing to express your truth, which you might’ve kept hidden for a very long time.
- looking at yourself with kindness. I love this idea, included in this Spirituality & Health piece: “When I awake every morning I look in the mirror before washing my face. Tenderly looking into my own eyes, I cross my hands over my heart and say to the familiar face, ‘How can I remember to be more loving, juicy, and joyful with you today?’ It sets the intention for the hours ahead and keeps me focused on what is truly important. ~ Sylvia Cohen, New York.”
- creating a spiritual reminder. This is another idea from the same piece: “Over a couple of years, I have collected small, smooth river rocks the size of large marbles. I have written positive yet reflective words on each one with ‘paint pens,’ such as love, laugh, compassion, delight, etc. I keep these rocks in a small velvet bag. Each morning I draw one out and put it in my pocket where my hand finds it often. It becomes my daily spirit word with which I can bless myself and pass the blessing on to other souls without their even being aware. P.S. These make a great gift for a soul friend. ~ Mary Therese Breuning, Washington State.”
- walking on the beach and staring at the sky.
- closing your eyes for 10 minutes, and sitting in silence.
- holding your child.
- playing an instrument.
- dancing to music that tugs at you.
- painting, or immersing yourself in any kind of making.
These activities aren’t unique or revolutionary by any means. And that’s OK. Because often the simplest, most straightforward of activities help us to reconnect to our core selves. Often it’s getting quiet with ourselves and just listening.
I hope this list inspires you to create your own list. And I hope it inspires you to feed your soul today.
I’d love to know: What feeds and nourishes your soul?