rock formation, three shamans, Moab Utah, Arches National Park

Care and Feeding of the Soul (part 1)

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Are these just rock formations, or are they the Three Shaman? It depends upon your vision and perspective.
Are these just rock formations, or are they the Three Shaman? It depends upon your vision and perspective.

Just as our bodies need to be fed and nurtured, so does our soul or our spiritual side. When it was clear that the religion of my childhood no longer fit, I struggled to find a new way to nurture my spiritual nature. My soul cried out for care, and I enlarged my spiritual world. Since my specific path may not be anyone else’s, I’d wanted to share some general ideas about ways that everyone can feed their soul, regardless of where they are on their spiritual path.

Path to the future CW

  • Release the mainstream; your most fulfilling path may be less obvious.
  • Resist the societal push to conform to behavior that isn’t comfortable. Strive to be authentic.
  • Considered other points of view, rather than dismissing them out of hand. You may be amazed to discover that you’ve outgrown a habitual way of thinking but hadn’t realized it yet. You don’t have to identify with the perspective of your family, coworkers, peers, or neighbors. Find the way that is consistent with your values and allow your perspective to change as you grow wiser, as you see the world from a place of compassion, and learn new points of view.
  • Search for what fulfills you. Don’t be surprised if it isn’t status, money, or consumerism – and that some people won’t understand this.
  • Find balance between nurturing your relationships, work, and self.
Keyhole at Arches National Park
Keyhole at Arches National Park
  • What brings you happiness? True comfort? Satisfaction with your place in the world? You have every right engage in activities of this kind. Indeed, you need this place of comfort and self-compassion in order to remember who you really are.
  • Find a creative outlet. We are never closer to our spiritual side than when we create.
  • Connect with others in a meaningful way. There is a place for polite, courteous interactions, but we yearn for a more meaningful connection. It can be with a stranger, with a long-term friend, or a new acquaintance. But find a way to make connections that nurture you both.
  • Rest more. It’s hard to enjoy life with it’s all go, go, go.

Stay tuned for the second half of the list, which I’ll publish later this week.


        1. So I’ve gathered. But you’re not the same person you were when the conflict began, and neither are they. Maybe from this new place, it will be easier.


      1. I have been in rather a funk lately. Hard to break out of it. Sometimes it is one little small idea that helps. We want one giant leap to get us going, but baby steps are the answer.


        1. I understand. I’ve been in a few myself, and some of them were pretty long. Take care of yourself, maybe try something new? Go somewhere inspiring ? This isn’t your first time in a funk; what has helped in the past?


          1. I really do think that just getting back into blogging helps. I keep forgetting how generous and kind the bloggers I know are. Comments of welcome and understanding are so helpful. I hope I can do the same for others.


          2. Yes, connecting with others is good for us. As an introvert, I like blogging, because it is only as demanding as I allow it to be, and I can be reserved and it’s ok. Plus, I like writing more than speaking, which always has an element of anxiety. Keep me posted!


  1. I notice most of your ideas on caring and feeding the soul have to do with finding our authentic Self and walking in those shoes. This is inspiring and I look forward to Part II.


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