I’ve been putting a lot of emphasis on my soul over the last few weeks. It’s felt, I don’t know, empty in a way. It’s felt cold, detached, and unhealthy. It’s been like something was missing and I knew I wasn’t investing nearly enough time to caring for it. I know a lot of people find it odd to speak about the soul in a physical way like I tend to do but that’s the way I think of the soul; as though it’s a physical thing I could see and touch, even though it isn’t. I keep that perspective…
If I could see my soul, what would it look like?
Would it be happy and carefree? Tired and overworked? Stressed and anxious? Would it have laugh lines around its eyes or worry creases in its forehead? Would it move confidently or walk as though it were carrying a heavy load? Those are the kinds of questions I ask myself because I believe what we carry in our souls is what we express to the outside world. That’s why I take so much time every day to care for and invest in my soul. I prioritize it the same way that I prioritize eating healthy food or exercising. It’s about total being wellness.
I believe that it is your soul that carries stress, fear, anxiety, depression, and worry. I also believe that is your soul that carries love, compassion, empathy, understanding, and care. It’s a valuable and essential part of who we are yet I worry that many of us tend to neglect this vital and sensitive part of ourselves. That’s why I want you to begin new habits and truly set aside time to care for this special part of you.
Have a cup of green tea
Green tea has a lot of physical health benefits because it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that lead to improved brain function, fat loss, and a lower risk of cancer. It also acts as an anti-anxiety agent and boosts relaxation thanks to l-theanine (an amino acid found in tea).
I try to drink a cup every morning on our balcony so I can begin my day relaxed and awake.
Spend time in prayer or meditation
I often spend my morning tea time on the balcony as time in prayer as well. I disagree with the perception that prayer must be time spent on your knees, head bowed, and in perfect silence. I often find myself sitting, wide-eyed and awake, when I’m spending time in prayer. Sometimes I pray silently to myself and other times I speak loud. It all depends on my heart in those moments. When I’m on the balcony alone at 6am as the world wakes up, sometimes I speak aloud in prayer. It helps me feel connected to the spiritual world as a whole and feel reassured in the understanding that I’m not on this journey alone.
Other days I’ll spend my prayer time reading through a devotion or a bible study. Right now I’m working through Choosing Joy: A 52-Week Devotional for Discovering True Happiness. So far, it’s been a wonderful resource!
I enjoy doing a bit of yoga in the evenings before I settle into my evening routine. It helps me stretch out my body and physically relax so that I can feel at peace when I lay down for rest. In this post, I mentioned that martial arts used to fill this void for me but I had to quit after I had an injury a few years ago.
I’ve recently started using YogaDownload.com for online yoga courses and videos I can follow at home. It’s so much easier than trying to find time to attend a class at the gym and I don’t feel self-conscious about not being at the expert level of so many others. If you’ve ever thought about yoga, I highly recommend starting here.
Do you feel like you’re doing enough to care for and nurture your soul? When is the last time you recited an affirmation or prayed for peace over your soul?