Are you feeding your soul? It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy and to forget to check in with yourself to see if your heart is feeling fulfilled. We can be in our routines and doing our thing only to realize that we feel exhausted–the trouble then becomes that we feel too tired to do the things that bring us joy. Instead, we settle for brain-sedating activities like watching television or surfing the internet that are possibly accompanied by food or alcohol to further numb us. Everything else feels like too much effort!
The irony about this is that both activities that energize us and those that deplete us set us up for more of the same. The more we do the things that bring us joy, the more energy we have to do those very things. Same goes for late nights spent watching TV. The more tired we get from all those late nights, the less we actually want to do anything that involves getting up or using our bodies or brains. Our so-called “down time” actually brings us down! Not only that, but even our range of perceived possible activities can shrink. We had that experience the other week when we made it out to the mountains the other day. We caught ourselves saying, “why aren’t we doing this every week!?” We were too caught in our so-called busy routine to see the forest through the trees….LITERALLY! If you are caught in the second vicious cycle, there are ways to break free!
Go to the tried and true. Most of us have a pretty good idea of the things that feed our souls. Revisit your list. Sometimes we need to check in with our inner self to see if those things are still the things that bring us joy or if we have stopped doing them because we no longer enjoy them. Once you’ve updated your list with things that represent you now, make a commitment to do one thing off of that list in the next week and do it!
Try something new! This can be an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone. Go to a drumming circle, a dance class, or a poetry reading. Or do what we did and go for a drive to some place new in nature. Inject fresh energy into your sphere of being.
Recall joy. This means thinking of a time when you felt completely at peace with yourself and at one with the world, a moment in time when you experienced complete and utter bliss. Journal about that time. What were you doing? What was special about that time? What would you need to re-create that feeling again? Reflecting on this can produce good clues about the things that are important to you–the things you need when your soul gets hungry.
Check in. Where are you at with this? Is there room for a little more soul food in your life? Don’t make your soul or heart h’angry–h’angry is no fun for anyone!
Speaking of no fun, I was recently sick with a very bad cold and I could do nothing more than dream about soup. And so I made some! It didn’t quite turn out the way I’d envisioned (I was going for more of a potato leek kind of deal) but it was soul satisfying beyond my expectations! Now what exactly did I put in there again….
Sick N’ H’angry Soup
- 2 leeks
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small yam (about the size of a russet potato)
- 1 parsnip
- 1 carrot
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp molasses
- 5 cups veggie stock
- can of white navy beans
- salt and pepper to taste
Saute leeks and garlic with some olive oil over med-low heat in a heavy pot, about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for 10-30 minutes. Puree soup in batches (go slow by pulsing. Soup will be hot and has been known to explore in blenders! Always let a little air out as you blend). Garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and parsley if you have it. I didn’t. Clearly.