Have you ever felt just a bit out of whack? Like something is off, but you’re not sure just what that “off” is? Whenever, we get under way with our sailboat, we go through a seaworthy checklist of sorts to make sure everything is ready to go. That’s what good sailors do, they check, recheck and make sure all systems are go before setting sail.
It’s a bit like life isn’t it? We move along in a state of cruise-control enjoying whatever pleasures we have and doing our thing. However, if we ever stop cruising or working or running long enough to sit and breathe and think, we may discover that something isn’t quite right. We may not know exactly what the ‘not right’ is, but there’s something.
This is when to stop. Reevaluate our situation and surroundings and check our systems. Or in life terms, check in with our soul. Find out what’s making our lives rock a little bit. It may be something super simple like having to take a few days off to soak in the sun, breathe in some air or walk along the shoreline.
God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested. If He’s the creator of the universe and He knew to rest, then what gives with us? Why do we think we can run every minute of seven days with only an 8-hour reprieve (and that’s if we’re lucky enough to get 8 hours of sleep!)
The hot topic term is “self care.” And although that’s great, in reality we need something that goes deeper. We need some spiritual soul care. When our alignment is out of whack and worries have taken over so that we can’t operate or even see or hear or enjoy the blessings around us, it’s usually something to do with yearnings that go far deeper than a deep tissue massage can go. Although, a deep tissue massage can certainly help the body and soul!
Below are some tips for Soul Care that have helped me shift my focus and realign with the divine whispers of my loving father:
- Sitting in the sun. If you live in a climate where cloudy is the norm, you are definitely lacking some Vitamin D! So, stepping outside on a sunny day for as few as 5 minutes can lift your spirits. Feeling the rays and the warmth for a short period of time lessens the heaviness that comes with life.
- Chasing the wind. My husband knows that I prefer not to plan a destination, but to find the wind and let it fill our sails. Thus, a destination is based on the winds; not on a mission to arrive somewhere. Just like wind is the fuel for a sailboat, so it is for our souls. Let the breeze touch your face; your arms; your hands and feel the lift it gives you! Let the winds carry you toward feeling rejuvenated.
- Do what moves you. What really makes you come alive? For my brothers, it would be attending a Phillies game. For my daughter, it would be spending time at the beach. For our oldest son, it would be playing his guitar. What moves you? What inspires you? Is it writing? Painting? Photography? Running? Swimming? Free your adventurous creative soul and do what moves you.
- Pray and meditate.In the quiet recesses of your mind, there is a place where your human need to belong, heard, cared about and loved long to be nurtured. Even the most gregarious, adventurous, outgoing people need to withdraw to find their center and rest in the stillness of prayer.
- Ask and receive. We often want others to know what we want; however, people can’t know what we want if we haven’t asked. We can’t get what we want unless we are willing to receive. Ask for what you need (and God is not Santa Clause and what we want may not always be what we most need—so consider asking for God to show you the needs and then sit back and receive what He offers.) The thing about asking is that we also must believe. Believe in a God who loves us so much that He will give. Again, maybe not exactly what we thought we wanted, but exactly what He needs us to have for purposes far greater than we may ever know. Go ahead and ask; and then be ready to receive.
Those are just a few SOUL CARE tips for the days when you feel misaligned. They aren’t fancy or brilliant, but they do help. If you need a little soul care, then be sure to join us for our next Summer Soul Care Virtual Gathering on August 20, 2019 at Noon (EST).