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.