Soul Food for the Holidays

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs,
Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. 
                                                                     – Howard Thurman

All of us have a deep homing signal that becomes louder and louder the more we are in need of a return to our soul life.  During the holidays this year, be brave and nourish yourself with soul food. 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
                                                      -Mary Oliver

Nourishing your soul starts with your next inhale.  Inhaling gratitude, exhaling gratitude.  Inhaling calm, exhaling calm.  Look in a relaxed way at everything and everyone you come across.  

Our soul at work can come alive in the simplest ways, according to Brother David Steindl-Rast, as in the “humble down-to-earth ways of service and taking care of details.  And that is something we can practice in any walk of life.  It works both ways.  As we lovingly take care of details, which so easily slip our mind, we grow into that attitude of caring and of tenderness.  We have to cook and clean anyway, so we might as well do it lovingly and caringly.”  

But when we become the “enforcer of the unquestioned status quo, the ‘behave yourself; don’t make waves; don’t think too hard; don’t get big ideas; just keep a low profile; be a carbon copy; be nice; say ‘yes’ even though you don’t like it, it doesn’t fit, it’s not the right size, and it hurts…these cause loss of soul-linkage in the extreme,” explains Jungian Psychologist Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD in her book, Women Who Run With The Wolves.  

Feeding our soul is a courageous act.  Whether it’s unplugging from the cell phone for an hour or picking up your paint brushes or planting that special fruit tree or calling an old friend you love, just do it.  When you feed your soul, everything increases.

“We have the potential to reclaim and experience our freedom and put our helplessness behind us,” says Peter Block, in his book, The Answer to How is Yes.  “We have the capacity to experience an intimate connection with other people and with all we come in contact with... to live a life of service and engagement, rather than the primary pursuit of entitlement.” 

This holiday, claim your birthright.  Slow down the frantic pace and feed your soul.  Abundantly.  Generously.  Wildly.  What brings your soul alive at home and at work?  What’s a strong YES!?  What feeds your creative life force?  What gifts, talents and abilities do you want to bring forward into the world?  What are the questions that matter most to you at this time?

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. 
It sings because it has a song. 

                              – Chinese proverb

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