To keep growing on our spiritual path, we must continually do the things that sustain us.
Nothing lives without nourishment. If we do not take the time to nourish our soul, we begin to wither like a neglected flower.
Mother Teresa once said, “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”
If we don’t take the time to fuel ourselves on all levels, we burn out like the lamp without oil. We no longer give light.
There are many ways to nourish the self. Here are seven of mine:
1. Morning meditation. As soon as I awaken each day, I open the blinds, let in the light, and sit in the Lotus position to meditate. Sometimes I listen to soft music; other times I listen to the rain, or nothing at all. I also burn a stick of sandalwood incense to cleanse and purify my sacred space.
2. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Oolong tea. There’s something sacred about the first sip of tea after a night of rest. Sipping my tea becomes a meditation in itself. I embrace the warmth of the cup in my hands. I breathe in the delicate aroma. I watch the steam swirl into the air. It’s divinity in a cup.
3. Sit on my patio where I listen to a fountain of flowing water, surrounded by various plants that I inspect and care for each morning. I watch hummingbirds zip back and forth to the feeder. I listen to bees buzz from flower to flower.
4. Read uplifting passages. I am a collector of inspirational quotes. Words excite me. They pump me up when I need motivation. I also recite affirmations at various points during the day.
5. Go for a run or walk in nature. When I spend time in nature, I hold the hand of God.
6. I write. Words are my passion. I journal about and analyze my dreams. I blog about living the spiritual life. I create various posts for my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wordsofwisdomandadvice) to encourage and inspire others on the spiritual path.
7. Give gratitude. I give thanks for what I have in my life. I treat my belongings with respect. The more I give gratitude, the more I am blessed in return. If I find myself feeling down, I start giving thanks and remind myself of all the good in my life.
Nourishing the soul is an act of self-love. It is not selfish in any way. Without nourishment, we grow spiritually anemic.
What are some of the ways in which you nourish your soul? Your comments are always welcome.