“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” C.S. Lewis
I was working an expo and a man came up and asked me, “why soul?”
It made me realize, I haven’t ever shared why soul. I believe inherently in instinct. That pit of your stomach feeling that knowiningly or unknowingly guides our, thoughts actions and choices. Sometimes we ignore it, sometimes we trust it. I think that feeling is a message of soul. Our inner thoughts, feelings, drive make up a part of us that can’t be defined.
In Ancient Greek Soul is defined as the mental abilities of a living being: reason, character, feeling, consciousness, memory, perception, thinking, etc
I have learned so much in the many various trainings, classes, workshops and programs that I take. But one of the most important part of being a doula is the work of nourishing ones soul.
It is also why I often ask the question (framed in different ways) of “What does your instinct say?” To me, it instinct is soul-led, and that combines our heart, knowledge emotions and enviroment in to something a lot more trustworthy than your average facebook pregnancy page. 😉
It is also why we HAVE to do the work of nourishing our own soul in our pregnancy, relationships and parenting. Caring for our souls, and one another allows us to ask and trust the question of what we feel, think and instinctually know. It is a way to include all the heart, emotions and knowledge that comes in parenting to realistically impact our choices. There are a lot of different ways to do this, and I asked people to share with me, how they do the work of caring for their soul. I thank them so much for sharing, and encourage you to share how you feed your soul. We learn and grow from each other, and finding ways to encourage our own growth makes life better. 🙂
C.D writes “Spending time in nature, spending time with friends and live music.”
Music Has a large impact on mood and soul. In a study out of Australia, “The findings revealed that engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher subjective well being than for those who did not engage with music in these forms. The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to SWB, highlighting an interpersonal feature of music.”
J.R. shares, “Prayer and meditation keep my soul grounded and healthy. When I am especially overwhelmed, I write my prayers down to give them a sense of permanence. When I can’t, sometime’s I meditate so that I can clear my head to even figure out what to pray.”
C.N. goes monthly to the spa with her friends.
J.S tells us “Cooking! I absolutely love cooking food that is colorful & nourishes our bodies. There is something so fulfilling (no pun intended) about it. When a meal comes together, it just gives me a sense of accomplishment on so many levels.”
When we care for our soul, we are putting on our own oxygen mask, and in doing so, we can then help the others around us. I challenge, and encourage to look at the ways you nourish your soul, and to try something this week to really take time with the purpose of caring for your soul. I would love to know what you find, feel, and know!