24 Ways To Feed Your Soul

24 Ways To Feed Your Soul

It's that time of year again... The leaves have changed and the trees are bare. The temperatures are dropping and you have a need to stay in bed. To cuddle with a big warm fuzzy blanket and sip cocoa while watching your favorite movie (you've already seen 7 times!).

It can also be the most stress filled and depressing time of year. The clouds cover us and the days are short and dark. You feel big pressures at work to do more and work longer hours while the stores bombard you with holiday advertising since early October.

That's why it is essential now more than ever before to take care of yourself. We must nurture our spirits and feed our soul.Daily.    

We have to let go of the notion that self-care, or self-love is selfish. It's not. It's more of a necessity. If we don't love ourselves first, we can't love anyone else, truly. All other aspects of our lives are effected when we are run-down or filled with negativity. Our outlook and attitude are vital to our very existence. Think of it that way and you will understand and WANT to take care of yourself.

Feed your soul. Here's 24 ways to do it!

  1. Wake early, early! Watch the sunrise. Clear your mind and just be there with it. Watch it come up. When is the last time you watched the Sunrise?
  2. Call a friend, make a date if you can. So many friends lost along the way simply because we forgot to keep in touch. It doesn't matter who called whom last. Just pick up the phone.
  3. Pet a cat or a dog. Animals bring so much to our lives it's amazing. If you don't have a pet, maybe there's a kitten lounge near you? I see many are popping up now in larger cities. If not, go to your local shelter and find one there. I guarantee it will change you for the better.
  4. Breathe. Just breathe. Listen to your breath and nothing else for at least 1 minute. 
  5. Sit quietly and sip a cup of ______. You fill in the blank. For me, it's tea. I love coffee, and enjoy it every morning and some afternoons. But sipping tea is something else. For some reason it does feed my soul. Same with hot cocoa. There's something really indulgent about Hot cocoa that warms your spirit. Sipping by a warm cozy fire, even better!
  6. Light a candle. If you happen to have one that's your favorite scent, even better!
  7. Pray with the rocks, the pebbles, the sand, as they are still and silent.
  8. Pick some flowers and bring them home. Or buy yourself a bouquet!
  9. Write a letter. I love getting a letter in the mail. My aunt used to write me quite often. And it wasn't about world news or anything life shattering. Just what she was up to, and I loved it.
  10. Sing, sing a song. Sing out loud sing out strong! (Carpenters 1973)
  11. Yoga. A regular Yoga practice will allow you to be in tune with your body. The side effect of yoga is that it will help you develop some truly incredible mental and physical strength. 
  12. Go camping! Get outside, explore. See new things and get back to Nature.
  13. Go to the beach. Stand in front (or close to) the ocean. Smell the ocean air. Hear the waves crashing. If you don't live near the ocean, go to a river, creek or even a stream. Natural bodies of water have an incredible healing power on the spirit.
  14. Go for a 15 minute (or longer) walk. I like to go early in the morning while most of the city is still asleep or at home. When the air is cool and the sounds are quiet. 
  15. Eat something good for you that is good! Soup is a great way to do this! I love making soup because it makes me feel a little bit like a mad scientist. Throw in all your favorites, and stir. The process of choosing, washing, cutting and then stirring is nothing short of magical. I find lasagna to be the same in this process...  I ❤️ pasta
  16. Read. Nothing soothes like a good book. I like to read non-fiction books. Books that are about Spirit and personal growth, love, nature and just about anything funny!
  17. Make a new playlist of your most favorite, and most happy songs. I have several "happy day" playlists on my phone and computer. 
  18. Watch a "feel good" movie. Sounds we hear, movies we watch, do effect our inner wellness. We must look at external stimulation as we do food. Take in things that make you feel good. Leave the rest! What are some happy/ feel good songs or movies you enjoy? Comment below!
  19. Clean. Some of you might think, "what!?". When my living space becomes cluttered and or dirty, I feel myself loose focus and even get sad feeling. Maybe it's not for you... but I love cleaning (sometimes). It's mindless work, really. Having a clean, organized space will make you feel GOOD. I promise! It doesn't have to be the whole house. Maybe just a drawer... for now.
  20. Give a gift. Giving always makes you feel good. There is an art to it, however. It must be done in a spirit of selflessness. Without expectations of any return. Always, always must be done in this manner. Gifts don't need to be expensive or require money at all. Get creative. Some of my favorite gifts are handmade.
  21. Leave your comfort zone for a little while. "Do the thing you think you cannot do". ~ Eleanor Roosevelt. I assure you it will build confidence and make you feel 10 feet tall. Make sure it's healthy and safe!
  22. Start a gratitude journal. (Try to) Write in it everyday. And when you can't find anything in your heart to write down, read past entries.  But, that probably wont happen! 
  23. Let go. Forgive someone. It will be a weight off your shoulders. You'll feel 100 times lighter. And by letting go of stale, old resentments we open up space for new things. Room for positive, soul feeding things. So however you can manage it, forgive someone. 
  24. Meditate. If you don't know how, practice. You'll get better. Check out Deepak he can inspire.

How do you feed your soul? I would love to hear from you!  Comment below and you'll be entered into a drawing at the end of this month to win an all silver "feed your soul" handcrafted charm with a 18" silver chain. (image coming soon) 
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I'll pick a winner "Cyber Monday" November 30th at 6PM PST. (USA)
Peace, & Blessings!
 



13 Responses

Jeryl S
Jeryl S

January 13, 2016

This is the best thing that I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for the reminders!

Cindy
Cindy

December 01, 2015

Ginger Speranza was our lucky #9 and is the winner of the feed your soul necklace! Thank you all for playing and for sharing what feeds your soul! I loved reading all the comments and on my blog too! I will be starting up a year long Feed Your Soul group on FB if you are interested let me know – or keep an eye out here for details! We’ll work together throughout the year sharing how we feed our souls to inspire each other! heart emoticon Peace & Blessings to you all! ~ Cindy

Paula Miller
Paula Miller

November 25, 2015

Great ideas, Cindy… thanks! Feed my soul… feed my soul… hmmm…. well on some days, it’s a piece of chocolate :-) and another day it’s finding the light in a person’s eyes, listening to my 10-year-old say “hey, I have a great idea!”, taking a nap with my dogs, really feeling the sun on my skin, singing out loud to the music in a store and not caring if people think I’m crazy, calling my mom, crying, making something beautiful, then giving it away, laughing at myself, being thankful for the journey, wishing I could get some do-overs but knowing it’s OK just as it is, prayer, pizza … the list is endless… and I’m grateful. Gosh, so much food for my soul… no wonder I’m a little overweight! ;-)

Cheryl
Cheryl

November 25, 2015

My family and friends feed my sole! And walking with my dogs

Camille
Camille

November 25, 2015

Planting a tree feeds my soul !

Kim R.
Kim R.

November 22, 2015

my children feed my soul (and fill my heart) every single day.

Cathy Crawford
Cathy Crawford

November 22, 2015

~ I am a recently retired elementary school teacher. I have spent my career “feeding the soul” of young children with the love of reading, art, music and nature. Even on the most challenging days as a teacher there were always moments of joy that fed my soul too. I would have to say teaching children in nature would have to be one of my top soul quenchers. The giggles, the laughter, the learning that takes place soothes the soul for sure:) Thank you for your beautiful offer of an amazing “feed your soul” necklace. Blessings~

Donna Mayer
Donna Mayer

November 09, 2015

Smile at a stranger. It maybe the only smile they get that day.

Thanks Cindy for the 24 Way To Feed Your Soul, very inspiring!

Sandy parrott
Sandy parrott

November 08, 2015

I am trying to get hold of my life. I tell myself not to be in a hurry but it hasn’t happened. I have just about given up tvto read and relax while doing something I enjoy.
I help several older people and I am so blessed knowing them

Catherine
Catherine

November 08, 2015

Volunteer at a homeless shelter, at a woman’s shelter, at the local animal shelter . . . Giving back to the community is soooo good for the soul and makes you realize how beautiful people are even in very trying circumstances – and just how good your own life truly is. And enroll in a yoga class (:

Kim Riley
Kim Riley

November 08, 2015

try to perform at least one random act of kindness a day. It’s AMAZING how good you feel doing something for someone else, with no expectation of getting something in return. Pay it forward.

Charmaine
Charmaine

November 08, 2015

Make art with a child…paint, draw, use modeling clay, color a picture, act out a favorite story…children bring an exuberance and joy to the most mundane experiences. My grandchildren live far away and I only see them a few times a year, and these are some of my favorite memories of our visits.

Lori Vandergriff
Lori Vandergriff

November 08, 2015

Wonderful list – I totally agree with your premise that self- care is not selfish, but that ol’ song of guilt that plays in your head is very difficult to turn off – I keep working to drown it out with joy for the journey but it’s a work in progress!

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