The Quieted Soul

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

We live in an age where people are so focused on working hard that we lose sight of enjoying time with ourselves. ‘The grind’ is romanticized. Turning what was once a fun hobby into a ‘side hustle’ has become the norm. It may not seem like much in the beginning, but over a period of time, not allowing yourself to quiet your soul can detract from your mental health. In the same way that you make your work a priority, make taking time out for yourself a priority.

Let’s reflect on Lao Tzu’s quote. What’s the significance of it? What real life applications are there?

The Redwood is a great example of what Lao Tzu meant. The average Redwood grows 240 feet—that’s as long as a city block! Never once, though, is the Redwood stressed about how tall it will grow, why it isn’t as tall as the other trees of its kind yet, or whether its roots are where they’re supposed to be. Let’s apply that to our lives.

Do you often compare yourselves to others around you? Do you feel like you need to rush your life’s journey? Maybe you do experience these feelings. Now ask yourself, has any of that comparing or rushing brought you any further accomplishment? Remember the Redwood next time you’re feeling like there’s too much on your plate. Remember the Redwood next time you’re unsure of where you’re going. In the same way all is accomplished in nature, you too will get where you need to go.

Read more about cultivating a healthy soul here: Center Your Soul

Center Your Soul

Center Your Soul

When we think about clutter, we often focus on the material things around our homes. The extra pairs of shoes, the unnecessary salt & pepper shakers, or maybe even the ukulele we promised ourselves we’d learn but never did. While it’s important and good for our souls to de-clutter every once in a while, we also need to remember to de-clutter our mind so that our souls have room to thrive. Have you taken inventory lately of your relationships? Who in your circle is rooting for you? What commitments do you have that are burdensome and detract from your happiness? 

Just like we need a little spring cleaning in our homes, we also need to ensure that the relationships and commitments we make still fulfill us and are worth pursuing. When you don’t leave enough room for yourself, when there isn’t time in the week to be introspective, we stifle our soul. We do not grow and we do not self-actualize. 

Being present and being in the ‘now’ is imperative to cultivating a healthy soul. But how difficult is it to find that time for yourself to reflect and take stock of your healthy relationships when there is no time to do so? Being able to center your soul begins with simplifying your life. Find time to reflect on what you want and who you want to become. And then, your soul can thrive. 

Soul

Soulful

What makes us human is the immaterial and the way in which it influences our material world. The concept of a soul is not new, but perhaps it is time for a new look into how it defines our identity and what part our understanding of the soul plays into our spiritual journey. 

Being human means sharing a universal trait that ties us all together— having a soul. The definition of soul varies amongst cultures throughout history, but let’s take a look at what we think it means. 

The soul is the overarching relationship of the mind and body. The body houses the mind, but the mind gives the body its essence. Together, we have a soul. Understanding this relationship is important to understanding how the mind affects the body and how the body affects the mind. 

Body and Mind

The body is our physical form and therefore more accessible to observation. But what have we observed? That the mind can influence the body in a myriad of ways. Having mental health conditions such as depression can lead to heart disease and obesity. On the other hand, improving your mindset can lead to a reduction in stress and a more restful sleep cycle. For more information on our mind and how it can determine our reality, click here: (Mind Article)

Just as the mind can affect the body, so too can the body affect the mind. Physical practices such as meditation and breathing exercises can help with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. To read more about our body’s relationship with our mental health, click here: (Body Article)

Understanding the intimate relationship between the mental and the physical leads us to our definition of a soul. Despite our belief system, religious background, or cultural upbringing, we can look at the soul as our human infrastructure. For as important as our mental health is, so too is our physical health. For as powerful as our bodies can become, so too can our minds. Maintaining both and allowing the mind and body to work in tandem creates the most self-actualized version of yourself.