The new year is almost here and many of us are busy getting ready for the holidays. Some of us have started the festivities in one way or another by honoring our familial and ancestral traditions with celebrations, rituals and getting ready for 2017.
Many of my clients are emotionally purging as they make room for what is coming in the new year. Sometimes we do not realize, the end of the year brings a lot of our emotional and spiritual baggage to the surface. We begin to reflect and review on what happened this past year and depending on the story we are telling ourselves, we may be in a good space or feel challenged on various levels.
Regardless of our “head space”, the key to soul nourishment is to face what shows up with compassion and love. I admit, I have had some rough days as I sift through my emotional baggage and I have also had some incredibly warm and funny days as I look at what brought me joy and fulfillment.
Cultivating our soul nourishment all year long means, we never stop facing our lives and we choose to feel. We take full responsibility for co-creating our lives and bring self compassion and love to everything we do. When we choose to cultivate soul nourishment, we are open to experience all of what life has to offer with an open heart.
To cultivate means to prepare and use; plow, mow, weed and water a plot of land, in other words, to cultivate is to put forth the work and effort it takes to help something become sustainable. Hmmm….. sounds like cultivating soul nourishment requires daily work and we all know what happens to a garden when we forget about it.
Here are three steps you can take in your life right now that will help you Cultivate Soul Nourishment in 2017.
- Give Yourself the Gift of Silence: How might your life be different if you invited silence into your life everyday. Let go of your need to know. Turn off the electronics for 20 minutes a day; no radio, tv or phone of any kind. Actually notice the thoughts showing up in your mind, and meet them with wonder. Noticing how much our mind races, and being a slave to the “munchy mind” ,are two different things. When I started noticing my thoughts, I realized I was not so nice to myself and this began my journey of learning how to become more self loving. If I had not gifted myself with silence, I would have never known what was behind the noise.
- Pay Attention to Your Heart: What an amazing gift it is to open one’s heart to the experiences of life. It is not for the faint or weak hearted person, because moving through life with an open heart requires strength and courage. When we pay attention to our hearts we are paying attention to what we love and what brings us joy. We are also paying attention to what is painful and how we have kept our hearts closed to protect ourselves. Paying attention to my heart has brought my true heart’s desires forward. I have been more focused on what I want, rather the following other peoples dreams, which have left me feeling empty. Everyone’s heart journey is unique them and that is what makes it amazing, you never know what you’re going to get.
- Living in Gratitude: No soul nourishment discussion is complete without talking about living in gratitude. I remember working in my first gratitude journal while I was grieving the loss my hopes and dreams of a child. It was such a power way to remember what I had, instead of focusing on what was lost, which was consuming my mind. Listing 5 things I was grateful for everyday, forced my mind to focus on hope. Living in gratitude as a way of life is a reminder that we do not have to get lost in a world of illusions.
These three steps are only the beginning. There are many ways to cultivate soul care and soul nourishment in 2017, let your intuition guide you.
If you are looking for ways to nourish your soul in 2017 through meditation, mindfulness and nature, check out my latest e-course Awaken Your Feminine Power With Grandmother Moon on our Soul Care University Site. It is wonderful meditative journey that incorporates guided meditations, healing transmissions, ritual and nature therapy to bring about deep changes in our lives.