Phew! I just returned from my Holiday, and I am feeling absolutely rested and wonderful. The salty air and ocean did wonders for my soul and mind (my hair, on the other hand, was a completely different story – it tends to have a mind of it’s own in 100% humidity and salt air, but who cares!). Woo hoo! Glad to be back and I’m now happy to post my answers to some of my previous, pre-Holiday questions:
“How do you feed your spirit?”
Honestly. I just spent a few bucks on iTunes prior to logging onto my blog. [Gnarls Barkley is fantastic! “Crazy” sums up my feelings for life…]. Anyways, music has to be one of the ways in which I feed my soul. I can always count on a great playlist to feed that hungry soul groove of mine. I listen to all types of music too. Each genre or song contributes so much to my mood or feeling at the time (you know what I’m talking about). As I’m typing this, I’m listening to OMD’s “If You Leave”, a great 80’s classic. Wow! The potential for music to feed and nourish one’s spirit should never be underestimated.
Another way in which I enrich my soul is to ensure that I am growing spiritually by supplying myself with the essential tools that I feel are required for *my* journey (you know – little items to place in that velvet satchel as I journey through the mossy woods and glens). I will frequent local bookshops or import stores/spiritual stores and pick up books or items of interest. Alot of what I purchase depends on the “signposts” that I have seen on my spiritual path. Just today, I picked up some Goddess Guidance cards for a friend and spoiled myself with some amber incense and a very clear and very powerful chunk of smooth, clear quartz. I like taking this time out for myself – either shopping at these types of stores, or enjoying a coffee by myself or with a friend, as I watch the world go by. Time for oneself is so important.
Friends, family, pets, plants. Anyone or anything that I might be able to wrap my proverbial or physical, loving arms around. Giving and receiving love and a smile daily are essential for well-being. I also find it wonderful to smile as I walk about in my community – sharing my love and light with others as I go about my day. It’s amazing how it makes you feel when you make someone smile when they pass you by, because you are smiling. It’s darned contagious I tell ya! I also like to show my love with little acts of kindness. Little gifts of appreciation, hugs, smiles, notes, phonecalls and other such things never go unappreciated. Plus, it makes you feel wonderful to show and give your appreciation for the gifts that the Universe has to offer.
“If you are not taking care of your spirit now….How will you change this? Do you want to change this?”
The only time I seem to have problems with taking care of my spirit, seems to be when I am off-balanced and stressed. Emotional, mental and physical stress can wreak havoc in my day to day relationships with myself and others if it builds up to the point where it becomes a problem (this usually occurs because I haven’t had time to ground myself with enough “me” time). Often enough, a short trip or journey into the great outdoors (mountains, lakes etc.) is enough to reset my spirtual clock. I have been resetting my spiritual clock in this manner for some 20 years now and it seems to work for me. I seem to gravitate to water – lakes, rivers, oceans and the like. Mountains also hold special significance for me too. There seems to be a connecting energy in nature and I seem to be able to connect with this on a regular schedule to help ground myself.
Lately too, I have found myself in the company of many spiritual people. Some of them are friends, some are more like mentors and some are both. I believe that all of these people are in my life to help guide me along my journey – and I believe, too, that I am likely there to teach these people a little something about themselves. Funny enough, these people are not always adults, nor are these people always “people”. Some of the most influential spirits in my life have been those of children and animals. Perhaps, the energy channels seem to be a little more open and connected with some of these innocent beings. Regardless, I believe that, although we are all on our own spiritual paths, many of our lives are woven and interconnected in a rather intricate manner. I believe that we all have much to learn from one another. The key is to remain wide-eyed and open-minded, empathetic and non-assumptive. There is potential to see the god-like nature in everyone – that is essentially the meaning of the word “Namaste” afterall…
Love and Light!