Living in an overly connected world can make it very difficult to quiet your spirit. An even harder task is finding the time to experience silence. Yet, it is essential to find time to nourish your soul and refill all that you pour out on a daily basis. You give a part of your spirit to coworkers, family, and friends every day. It is time for you to refresh, renew, and refill by nourishing your soul in five ways in just 45 minutes a day.
- Wake up 9 minutes early for “gratitude sessions.” Prayers of thanks to God or meditating on at least three things for which you are grateful will set the course of your day. Starting the day thinking about what you have will fill your soul with positive vibes and enlighten your outlook for the day ahead. Rummaging through mental “to do” lists is not productive and will often try to creep in during this 9-minute gratitude session. Crowd out the clutter with thoughts of thankfulness and sufficiency for a soul nourishing morning. You’ll find that you will have feelings of gratitude radiating within you throughout the day.
- Meditate during lunch breaks. Deep breath guided meditation in your parked car, on a park bench, or in your office for about 20 minutes will definitely nourish your soul. Give yourself a midday pick-me-up by subscribing to meditation Podcasts, bookmarking YouTube videos, or signing up for meditation events like Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience™. You can also start a yoga group with coworkers that can meet during the lunch hour for some collective soul fulfillment. Use a yoga DVD or solicit a yoga instructor to conduct the class.
- Make time for tea, a book and a blanket. For at least five minutes prior to bed, sip herbal decaffeinated tea and read an inspirational book with your feet under a soft, fuzzy blanket. The longer you read and indulge in this quiet time, the greater the benefits. Choose a book with simple, yet inspiring language that will feed your spirit with wisdom and security. Bring your awareness to your feet from time-to-time to enjoy the sensations of coziness that will radiate throughout your body. Your feet are the home of numerous acupressure and reflexology points, so if you have a willing participant this time can serve two purposes. Using a foot map, have someone to apply pressure to points that will relieve stress and pain.
- Attend weekly worship services and/or peer groups (i.e., exercise, community service, choral group). While this is a weekly endeavor, you should take at least 5 minutes a day to think about attending this group activity. Take time to enjoy the feeling of anticipation you experience just thinking about it and focus in on how your soul rejoices in connecting with others on one accord.
- Journal. Download and purge your thoughts for just five short minutes by keeping a journal. You will release thoughts that may be inhibiting your peace. You may write out ideas that will encourage you when you go back to read your journal in the future. You may write a response to what you’ve read in your inspirational book, heard during a worship service, or felt during prayer/meditation time. Either way, writing your thoughts is a great way to break through constriction to make room for your bliss.
The key to successfully nourishing your soul on a daily basis is getting silent and still for short periods throughout the day or taking a lump of time to accomplish your goal. Just like you set an alarm to wake you in the morning to get to work on time, make your soul’s health a priority. Set a schedule and stick with it. Challenge a friend or loved one to do the same and share your journey together. You will be glad that you brought balance into your life, and once you experience the benefits, you will increase this valuable time of refreshing each day.