How To Grow the Soul

I tend to think of the soul as a garden that needs regular weeding. This is not a small garden. It is vast and infinite - so big that it would be too big to tend to all on your own. And you don't have to. Doing what you can, no matter how small, contributes to the greater whole - the well-being of the Soul. I see myself (and you) as one of the many gardeners, each tending to our own part of the soul-garden.

When I'm feeling not-so-good and tangled up in emotions, I know I have some weeding to do. I could keep myself busy in other ways and ignore the weeds, but they will continue to grow bigger and stronger and will eventually overtake the garden, inhibiting the growth of the flowers and the vegetables. In other words, inhibiting the growth of the collective soul. So, giving attention to the weeds is the first step in cultivating the growth of our own soul-garden.

Create the time and space for regular weeding. An overgrowth of unacknowledged emotions creates stress and may manifest as dis-ease in the body, showing up as panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, headaches, and a plethora of other aches and pains. If your doctor cannot find a known cause for your pain or illness, consider that it may be an emotional issue that needs attention. Our bodies are the messengers of the soul - giving us clues about the work we need to do in our lives. 

For example, I had come to the end of a four-month sabbatical, and I was transitioning back into my business and preparing to launch a new service. I had a lot on my mind, and I had a lot to do. I was busy (ignoring my garden). Then BAM!, I ended up with severe lower back pain - my body's way of letting me know I had some weeding to do. Pain in this area tends to be associated with worrying about money, and upon deeper reflection, I uncovered all kinds of built-up emotions I was carrying at that time related to this. In this situation, I was forced to weed my garden, but this is not the way it has to be.

When I'm paying attention to my soul-garden, these are a few of the ways I create time and space for regular weeding, preventing break-downs and promoting health and well-being in my life:
  • Confiding in a trusted ally (I have a few Life Coaches & Intuitive Counselors that I work with)
  • Daily meditation/reflection
  • Regular yoga practice
  • Reiki treatments
  • Frequent walks in nature

If you're interested in getting to the root of some of your own hidden emotional blocks, click here to find out how I can support you in this process. As you can see, I've been there myself, and I'm here for you with an open heart.

Have you identified any of your own physical pains that were related to emotional issues? If so, how have you dealt with them? Would love to hear from you in the comment section below. We all have something to learn from one another, so let your voice be heard.

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