If you’re like me you hear that, or something similar A LOT. But what does it really mean to honor your soul? It feels almost like a platitude when someone says it. It’s like they’re trying to give you advice, but don’t really know what to say. I’ll tell you what honoring my soul means to me. Maybe it will help you figure out what it means to you. Because that’s the first thing – it’s different, in practice, for everyone.
Before I began my spiritual journey in earnest, I rolled along with life. I felt there was something more for me, more IN me, but I didn’t know what it was or how to use it. Part one of honoring my soul was taking charge of my life. It wasn’t always pretty. In fact, sometimes it was really, really messy. But each decision I made to take charge of my life gave me lessons, strength, courage and direction.
As I continued to grow, I realized that each time I strayed from what I felt called to, things didn’t go well. This became a series of painful lessons in speaking and living MY truth – no matter what judgements others placed on me. If something FELT right, it was. Simple as that…but really not so simple. Living my truth meant I lost a lot of people…but you know what?! I gained so many more! And I loved MYSELF more.
By embracing MY TRUTH, I discovered my SOUL. It was there all along trying to guide me, but I was influenced and programmed by society and family that I ignored it for a long time. For me, honoring my soul means honoring my truth. This doesn’t mean I sail through life without problems or challenges – quite the contrary!
What it DOES mean is that throughout life’s ups and downs, I know I’m living in harmony with myself. Living in harmony with nature, with my personal code of ethics and beliefs. It means I trust that as long as I honor my soul, things will always work out for MY best. And that, my friends, is the essence of FAITH.
I don’t know your story or your journey. I don’t know your soul…but I encourage you to know your soul as deeply as I know mine. I encourage you to do a Google search for spiritual retreats in your area or consider taking an online class to help you connect with your soul-self.