The snow is falling, birds flock to the bird feeder, and the magic hour of sunset is upon us. It is bitterly cold and I have a sick child recuperating on the sofa. These are days that can be difficult – January days that seem to never end… Spring seems so very far away.
On these days I need Soul Work most – Soul Work, for me, is the inner work I do to feed my insatiable desire to learn and be my best self. I’ve always loved books, and they are a primary source, but I’ve discovered a love of podcasts as well (my two current favorites are Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations and The Quote of the Day Show). These programs are easily accessible, uplifting and thought provoking – best of all, I can listen as I fold laundry or clean the kitchen floor.
Why Soul Work? It gives me hope, a sense of peace and gratitude. It makes me feel more alive when I am learning something new, connecting to all of the great teachers and thought leaders in this world. In the days of 24 hour news; noise and distraction come from every direction. It is necessary to pause and rise above the sound bites and hashtags to do work that speaks to your soul and to your authentic self.
It is my commitment to intentional living that has guided me to Soul Work. Living my life on purpose and not just reacting to the day’s events, but intentionally making choices so that I can be joyful and live in gratitude. This inner work allows me to grow, evolve, and become the best version of myself possible.
The beauty of Soul Work is it can be whatever you need it to be – there are no right or wrong answers. If you are crafty – it can be sewing or bead work, if you are a music lover – jamming to your favorite playlist. Soul Work is whatever enables you to feel alive and better for having done it.
As the long winter days linger… embrace this season of inner reflection.