Soul care? How do you take care of your soul?
I believe health is multidimensional. Most of the time we think about our physical health when we consider wellness and beneficial activities for our health. Occasionally we consider our mental and emotional health and may at least once a year on April 15th ponder our financial health.
How do you practice caring for your soul? With intention? With regularity? With daring risks of leaps out of your comfort zone? Or even the small steps of living each day in love with God?
What is soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.
7 Days of Soul Care
7 Days of Soul Care – A Guide to Letting God Do the Extraordinary with Your Ordinary by Dolly Lee is just now being released and is a wonderful, simple book to help you focus on taking care of your spiritual health. This book will accompany me on my next retreat or could be used as a daily devotion. I love the inspiring quotes and Dolly’s encouraging stories. Her words will nourish your soul.
Here is one of Soul Care’s prayers:
“May you discover more and more the joy of doing your ordinary with our extraordinary God so he can do the extraordinary with your ordinary.”
Pondering Soul Care
Inner work is hard at times and tending to our souls is a practice easily neglected or postponed to a later time. Being intentional to hear our own voice expressing deep needs, desires and dreams and then being open to God’s gentle hand to shape those urges for his purpose takes courage, strength and vulnerability.
Do I linger in the warmth, safety, and familiarity of my comfort zone or leap with open surrender into God’s wild adventure?
Have I grown numb to the song of my soul and is it time to listen deeply, to nourish my spirit tenderly and to let go of my worldly “stuff” and venture into God’s call?
How are you caring for your soul? Through prayer? Worship? Solitude and Silence? Journaling? Talking with a spiritual director? By reading a stirring book, allowing its words to blossom within you?
I am amazed there is only two months left to 2016. Where does time go? As the calendar winds down, I am finding myself doing some soul searching – how have I grown spiritually this year? What have I done for my soul’s care?
Like a hungry young robin, I seek, ask, and reach out for God. Like a good provider he is, God nourishes my soul.
Dolly writes in 7 Days of Soul Care:
“Whenever I ask God for the grace to spend more time with him, he always answers.
Often he surprises me. It makes life an adventure.”
What do you think about intentionally caring for your soul? What spiritually nourishes you the most?
P.S. I would love your input into the 2016 Healthy Spirituality survey. Thank you for all of you who have already offered your feedback about this blog and I invite if you haven’t yet completed the survey to do so before the end of November. Thank you so much.
Plus you might be interested in my latest book: Christmas Seasonings: 101 Quotes and Prayers to Flavor the Holidays.