We often hear people using the word “feeding” … people feeding their stomachs, their pockets, their minds, their egos, feeding the kids and the pets … but rarely do we hear people talking about feeding their souls. We neglect our soul and forget that it’s an integral part of our overall existence and wellbeing.
Naturally, when you think of your soul, you think of religion or spirituality. But, we forget that it can actually go beyond that and just be about a part of you that needs to be tended to. Like a muscle that you work out in the gym or a pet that you love and take care of.
Your soul is the one miracle that no one can explain; the believers can’t rationalize it, and the non-believers can’t deny it. It’s that second your heart starts beating and you turn into a live human with a conscience.
How do you feed your soul? You give! You give your time, you give attention, you give charity, and you give love. Not because the religion you believe in is promising you a great afterlife, but because this is the society you want to build, the kind of world you want to live in. When you give, your kids will grow to give, and it will be built into the fabric of your family. If every family did that, we would be living in a soulful community. People always blame society for social issues, saying, “This is the society we live in,” but we are that society! Start with yourself; build your soul, and it will naturally cause a domino effect. Not to throw a cliché in here, but, “Be the change you want to see.”
Most people spend a lot of time thinking of how to improve themselves. Self-improvement books are stacked in home libraries covering subjects like how to live a more efficient life, how to balance work and home, how to be a better parent or boss, and general “how-to” books on different interests. In case your library doesn’t include “How to Nourish and Feed Your Soul,” I thought these tips would help:
- Spend time with your children; they are future voters, managers, mothers, fathers, and who will decide if they will put you in a retirement home or their homes.
- Wake up grateful, no matter what! Be mindful of all the blessings. The air you breathe, the roof over your head, the peace you live in, the job that pays the bills (even if you don’t love it).
- Take deep breaths, often.
- Bury the hatchet.
- Give to others when you can, either your time or money.
- Choose love, not hate (that’s what you would want from people for you and your family).
- Love yourself.
If you believe in a judgment day, I truly believe that the weight of our soul is what we will be judged on. The value of our soul is based on the positivity and love we emitted while we were on this planet and the care we had for those outside ourselves and outside our circle.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May you have a holiday season full of love and soul!
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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.