I Want Some ‘Soul’ Food

I found this old blog post from a year ago (on my other blog) and I thought "Wow!  I can relate!"  I felt so drained and empty after the Holidays.  I ran faster than I had strength and my cup 'runneth' on empty.  It was a fun reminder to see what things help fill my cup after it has been depleted.  

Here is the old post:  Enjoy!


January 3, 2010

The past month (and especially this week) have gone by in a blur… this holiday season was absolutely crazy for me. There were a lot of changes in my home and I had to move things around and CLEAN every room, closet, shelf, etc. Then the holidays were here and family came in to town. It was so fun to see them, but the house was a continual disaster – and I was continually trying to clean it. My husband is also trying to put together a new business venture and since I am the computer 'go-to-gal' in our family.. My job was to spend hours and hours and hours putting the business plan together for him. I have been working from the moment I get up… to the minute I lie down.. .I am exhausted.

Then I finally heard it… I heard a quiet crying within my soul. It was sad. It wanted to enjoy life. Many of the basic needs of this 'soul' were being neglected. At first, I didn't know how to fix this sad little soul… but the answer soon came. It started when I laughed at something funny.

My heart skipped a beat and I felt warm and tingly in my chest… "Okay, that was something I liked" I thought to myself

Then the next day I had to run an errand alone. As I sat in the car singing as loudly as I could, I felt it again. There was excitement in my heart and I could feel it spreading to every aspect of my body and mind. This was making me and my soul very happy. And finally today, I figured it all out.

My body was achey and I was feeling fatigued. I was craving a good workout or something to move my body. I went outside and breathed in the cool winter air while watching the sunset. I walked up and down the street listening to music as I went. When I got home, I turned on the music. I sang as loudly as I could… I danced as hard as I could… I acted silly and ran around like a monkey and danced the 'twist'. I laughed. I brought my children in with me and we have FUN!!

Happiness and joy quickly came flooding into my life again… and it all happened because I listened to my soul and learned what it wanted to be fed to be happy.

MY HAPPY SOUL FOOD LIST:

  1. Family
  2. Laughter 
  3. Music 
  4. Dancing
  5. Singing
  6. Silliness
  7. Enjoying the moment! 

MY SPIRITUAL SOUL FOOD LIST:

  1. Prayer
  2. Meditation
  3. Reading an inspiring book
  4. Scriptures
  5. Preparing a talk or lesson

I have only begun adding to my soul food list. I urge you to find yours.

Definition of Soul Food: Anything that brings you joy and connects you to the spirit that lies within yourself.

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