My friend Michael Eisen, the author of “Empowered YOUth,” recently said: “Feed your soul — it’s starving.” This stark statement woke me up to the reality that so many of us are extremely disconnected from our souls.
I believe our soul is the truthful place within us that is all-knowing, loving and fully faithful. Through my spiritual practice I have learned how to tap into the inner voice of my soul and let it be my guide. When I’m led by my soul voice I am faithful, kind and patient. But when I’m disconnected from my soul voice I am fearful, mistrusting and controlling. It’s much more fun to lead from my soul — which sounds obvious, but of course it’s not always simple! However, I’ve committed to keep the connection alive through a daily practice of feeding my soul.
If you feel disconnected from your soul voice, now is the time to reconnect. Here are my three must-do ways to feed it.
Practice nonjudgment: When we judge ourselves or others, we immediately disconnect from that loving presence within. Judgment is a sure sign we’re leading from our head and not from our heart. One day this week, practice nonjudgment toward everyone, including yourself. This practice will help you feel more connected to love and clear more space for your soul to come forward.
Be honest with yourself and the world: Remember that your soul is your truth. The best way to access it isn’t difficult or tricky: Just be truthful. Start to get honest about how you feel, what you need and what you want. Be unapologetic about your truth. Speak it loud and clear, and trust that all the world wants from you is your authenticity. Your truth will set you free and connect you to the world.
Engage in silent contemplation
The key exercise for feeding your soul is to have a dedicated practice of silent contemplation. It is in stillness that we can access the voice of our truth. When we’re running around trying to make things happen, trying to control outcomes or manipulate our life, we block that voice from coming through.
But when we sit in stillness, we awaken the connection. I suggest you begin a daily meditation practice. Sit in stillness and silently say, “I welcome the voice of my soul to come forward.” If you need guidance, visit my website for my free guided meditations.
— Gabrielle Bernstein is the author of “Spirit Junkie.”
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