Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Soul Food

What are you doing to nourish your spirit this week? What steps have you taken to honor yourself? What have you been feeding your divine energy?

Ok, you do not have to book a 76 day spiritual retreat to an Indian ashram in order to connect with your inner essence and experience a sense of contentment (although Tina of Think Simple Now did and it sounds amazing - check out her reflections here). But even making little contributions to your spirit's piggy bank can yield major returns when it comes to your world view and the way you interact with those around you.

So what kind of soul food are we talking about here? I think of soul food as anything that brings new energy and life to all that is best within us. Maybe it's an activity that gives you renewed sense of purpose and joy. Maybe it's a mantra you use to help you tackle tough challenges. Maybe it's a person that encourages you to follow your own path in life. Whatever your soul food - it's important to make time to enjoy it... and there's no time like the present!

Photo via Self Hypnosis

Still not sure what your own soul food is? Give a few of these suggestions a try and see what resonates with you. Once you find the kind of soul food that makes your heart swell with fulfillment and helps put your mind at peace, make a point to consume it regularly.
  • Close your eyes and listen to music that carries you to a whole nother level
  • Write in a gratitude journal, or simply list out things you're grateful for
  • Take a yoga, or tai chi class
  • Cook a nutritious meal for someone you love
  • Try meditation, either by taking a class or using one of these methods
  • Call an old friend you've been meaning to catch up with
  • Invest in a long, restful night of sleep - your body will thank you
  • Read a book that stirs something inside you
  • Open up to your significant other about your dreams
  • Volunteer doing something you love
  • Eat a piece of the finest chocolate you can find
  • Connect with your pets - or borrow a friend's if you need to!
  • Paint, draw, write, or sing out how you feel
  • Get a massage

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