5 Books that Are Speaking to My Soul

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I love books. I always have. Some of my favorite early memories consist of completely immersing myself in whichever book I happened to be reading at the time. I would read for hours and hours – never wanting to put the book down and feeling both gratified and saddened when I reached the final page. Thankfully, though, there was always another book to pick up and begin.

Over the past few years, I haven’t read nearly as much as I wanted to. It wasn’t something that consciously happened – I just got busy. Work took center stage. Life took center stage. And reading for pleasure somehow seemed just a bit too decadent. It just didn’t seem like there was time. That all changed last summer when I found myself spending most of my time on the couch – my body was completely exhausted from adrenal fatigue, and my mind wanted nothing more than to soak up some healing words. 

So I started reading again. And since then, I have become a sponge – reading, reading, and reading some more. I have stacks of books next to me at all times. I finish one and immediately begin another. And it has been such a blessing for my soul. I have found my home again among all of these loving, healing words.

I wanted to share just a few of the books that have especially spoken to my soul over the past few months. They have become very personal to me – books that speak to where I currently am and where I am wanting to go.

 
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The Joy of Burnout: How the End of the World Can Be a New Beginning – Dina Glouberman

I love this book immensely. So many books about burnout feel dark and negative. So many sort of make burnout to be somehow a bad thing, rather than a blessing. This book shows how reaching a state of burnout is truly a beautiful thing – it means that we are hearing our soul’s message and are ready to do something about it. It’s that space in between feeling completely powerless and embracing our true power. It’s that space where we give ourselves permission to stop, to breathe, and to listen.

I’ve written candidly about my own journey through burnout here on Soul Speak, and I completely am in alignment with this book’s message. It has been one of the best experiences that I’ve ever gone through because it’s bringing me back home – back to myself. And that is such a beautiful thing.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from it:

“Burnout is ultimately positive if we are open to its message. This is because it asks us to become more of who we really are.”

“Burnout is the result of having become better able to hear our soul but not yet daring to listen. Burnout demands that we listen.”

“Burnout could be defined as joylessness. Yet burnout forces us to take a step towards joy. We won’t stop, so burnout stops us. We won’t make space for ourselves, so we burn out and all we have is space. And it is out of that space that the joy eventually comes.”

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download (1) 2. Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires – Esther and Jerry Hicks

For years, I had such a strong aversion to the Abraham-Hicks’ teachings. As a skeptic, I thought it was all just a hoax, and I truly didn’t want to be anywhere near their books.

I now know that I simply wasn’t ready for this message and these teachings. And, thankfully, they kept circling back around my life until I was ready to open up and truly hear them.

That happened last August when we read one of their books in the Soulful Life Sanctuary. I couldn’t believe how much it resonated with me at such a deep level. I was in awe of how everything I knew to be true was right there on the pages. Since then, I’ve gotten all of their books and all of their DVDs and have completely immersed myself in their teachings.

I love that their message is so simple, so loving, and so filled with truth. It speaks directly to my soul, and I am so happy to have this beautiful connection. Basically, their teachings are that we are here to feel good; we are here to expand and grow; and we can have everything we want if we are a vibrational match to it.

While I love all of the books that I have read by them, I chose to feature this one because it’s the most accessible and a great one if you’re just being introduced to their writing for the first time.

Here are two of my favorite quotes from it:

“Once you begin to understand the correlation between what you are thinking, what you are feeling, and what you are receiving, now you have it. Now you hold all of the keys that are necessary to get from wherever you are to wherever you want to be, on all subjects.”

“Be easy about all of this. You tend to take life so seriously. Life is supposed to be fun, you know.”

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download (3)3. Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome – James Wilson

When I first found out that I had adrenal fatigue last summer, I wanted to find out everything I could about it. My doctor gave me some information, but I wanted to know more – to truly understand what was happening in my body.

While I have read several books on adrenal fatigue since then, this book is the most comprehensive and helpful by far. It helped me see how this happened, why it happened, and then laid out a realistic program to help me recover.

Healing from adrenal fatigue isn’t just about taking some supplements and getting more sleep. It’s a lifestyle change, and this book covers every aspect of it – from diet to supplements to movement to sleep to emotional factors to so much more. It’s a truly holistic approach, which I love.

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download4. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder – Arianna Huffington

I love Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and last fall I watched an episode where Arianna Huffington was sharing about her brand-new book.

Everything she said spoke to me, and I began to read it shortly after.

In it, Arianna writes about success and shares in such personal and loving ways how the true definition of success must include what she calls “the third metric,” which includes our own well-being, our intuition and connection to our soul, our sense of wonder, and our ability to give.

She weaves together her own personal stories along with scientific research – helping us see just how important this new measure of success truly is.

It came into my life at the perfect time: while I was recovering from burnout. I had been measuring my own success from a more traditional sense without even realizing it. I had forgotten in many ways about honoring my own soul, making sure I made time to rest and replenish, and having downtime to simply BE.

I truly think every single person should read this book. It helps us redefine our own version of success and embrace a more holistic version that includes time for all that matters so much that we oftentimes forget about.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from it:

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

“Like airlines, we routinely overbook ourselves, fearful of any unused capacity, confident that we can fit everything in. We fear that if we don’t cram as much as possible into our day, we might miss out on something fabulous, important, special, or career advancing. But there are no rollover minutes in life. We don’t get to keep all that time we “save.” It’s actually a very costly way to live. My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.”

“Bring ourselves back to that place of stillness, imperturbability, and loving—until it becomes second nature to return quickly to what is our true nature.”

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download (4) 5. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I first read this book many years ago when someone gave it to me as a college graduation gift. At the time, I was in a very different place in my life: excited to get out into the world and start my first real job. Slowing down and reflecting just weren’t part of my vocabulary at the time. Fast forward many years later, and this book is exactly what I needed, and I’m so happy that it circled back around again so that I could fully appreciate its wisdom.

It was written in 1955 – before the internet and cell phones and all of the other ways that keep us connected to technology and each other 24/7. And yet, even then, Lindbergh was feeling pulled and scattered and needed to get away to embrace solitude and stillness. Lindbergh gave herself permission to go away to the sea for a brief time and simply allowed herself to write, be still, and explore her innermost thoughts.

It speaks to me so deeply right now because I’m in such a similar place. I, too, have taken time away from the outside world in order to be able to hear my soul’s whispers. And I, too, have a strong longing to be at the sea. I know that I will get there sooner rather than later, and I partly have Anne to thank for this loving reminder.

Here are two of my favorite quotes from it:

“If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.”

“What a commentary on our civilization , when being alone is considered suspect; when one  has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it – like a secret vice!”

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

 

How about you? Have you read any of these books? Did they speak to you as well? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. And if you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend you check them out. I would also love to hear about any books that are currently speaking to you. Feel free to share them below!

Hugs,

jodi

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It’s such a loving space, and I am so excited for you to join us! It’s a perfect space for heart-centered solopreneurs, healers, writers, coaches, and those who want to share their messages with the world and be supported while doing so!

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We Can’t Possibly Know

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It constantly amazes me how little I truly know. The older I get, the more my world expands. And the more my world expands, the more possibilities open up. And these possibilities help me realize that my world and my “knowing” is such a small piece of this vast, infinite universe.

For most of my life, these thoughts and realizations would have been extremely unsettling for me. For most of my life, I’ve wanted to be in complete control. I’ve wanted to know how something would work out and how I would get there and how it would all end up and how everything would happen well before it happened just so I could make sure that everything would be okay when it did eventually happen. And quite honestly, this trying to control each aspect of my life has been absolutely exhausting (and completely futile, as it turns out).

I could go into why I have felt the need to attempt this high level of control throughout my life, and I could share how doing so has made me feel more secure while living a life where the foundation didn’t always feel super solid. I could explain everything that happened in my childhood and early adulthood that led me to living this way and thinking this way and behaving this way and controlling myself and my life this way. And it would all make perfect sense to you (and also to me). Everything would line up, and we could all agree that this was a logical way to go through life for so many years.

Except, I would so much rather focus on where I am today – right here in this exact moment. I would so much rather give my energy to all that I have learned and become and expanded into. I would so much rather share from this space of possibility and faith-filled uncertainty than go into the past and replay what has become a broken record of doing something one way that didn’t particularly feel good but I continued to do simply because it was the way that it was always done. 

Yes. It feels so much better to write, here in this moment, from a space of possibility and unknowing. And to admit that I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen at any moment in the future. None at all. Each morning when I wake up, I have an outline of how I think the day will transpire, and each day I’m so amused that it never ever went that way at all. Sometimes good things happen that I hadn’t accounted for. And sometimes sad things happen that break my heart. Either way, I didn’t know that they were about to happen. And either way, there is nothing that I could have done to control the outcome of them – to prevent them from happening (in the case of things that were sad) or speed up or look forward to them happening (in the case of things that were happy).

And so, given this space of complete unknowing that I’ve been living in and this space of realizing how little control I have on what happens externally in my life, I have been taking a new approach that consists of two things:

  1. I have given myself permission to lighten up and to relax and to simply be part of this world without trying to control it.
  2. And I have been putting a lot more faith in remembering that I live in a loving universe and that everything that happens is for my highest good.

These two shifts have completely changed my life. In knowing that I don’t know what will happen and that I have absolutely no control over what will happen, I no longer have to try to control my world and the world around me with such tight fists. I no longer have to push myself so hard to work and create and do absolutely everything in order for anything to get done.

I no longer have to delude myself into believing that I know things that I can’t possibly know simply because I think I will feel better knowing them. I can accept that I know very, very little. And in doing so, I can relax into and embrace a universal knowing that is filled with faith and love and absolutely everything that I will ever need to experience the life that I have longed for.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I am completely passive in my life. It doesn’t mean that I just lie around all day and wait for the universe to bring me whatever I am asking for. It means that the way I go about living has changed. I am now consciously focusing on how I feel about what I’m doing. If it feels like a struggle, I shift direction. I take a break. I stop and ask myself why. I reflect. I go deeper within and really look to see why I am doing something – is the action coming from my ego (because I think I have to or need to) or my soul (because it’s for my highest good).

I have made relief a huge part of my day-to-day experience. If I feel relieved, I know I’m living from my soul. If I feel tight and constricted and stressed, I know that it’s a good time to take some deep breaths and stop pushing against my soul’s desires and start relaxing into them.

This year has been filled with so many shifts for me – many of which I am still processing and sifting through. But I have to say that relaxing into my life rather than trying to control it resonates so deeply for me. I don’t have to know what’s ahead. I can’t possibly know what’s ahead. All I truly can know is that I live in a universe that’s filled with love. And knowing that feels like enough for me in this moment. It feels like a huge exhale that’s filled with a whole lot of relief.

We don’t have to have it all figured out. We don’t have to know it all. In fact, we can’t possibly know it all, even if we wanted to more than anything. But we can embody faith. We can embody truth. We can embody a deeper knowing that goes beyond our rational thoughts and our egos and our minds and our physical experience. We can trade in our need for control and replace it with our want to feel good. And we can shift into this open, loved-up space whenever we choose to. I love that so much. It’s such an open-hearted, soul-filled way to walk through life, which is what I wish for each of us.

Hugs,

jodi

 

Soulful Shout Out – Introducing Jerri Eddington!

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I absolutely love the Soulful Shout Out series here on Soul Speak! I get to highlight and introduce you to beautiful people and their wonderful offerings!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday, I am happy to introduce you to my friend, Jerri Eddington!

Jerri joined my Soul Shakers’ mastermind community early this year and the Soulful Life Sanctuary soon after, and so we’ve gotten to know each other quite well! I am inspired by her huge heart, her honesty, and her ability to bring her dreams to life.

Jerri has been on quite a journey, which she shares more about in our interview below. She went from being a middle school principal to retiring to then following her heart and becoming an energy healer and soul coach who specializes in helping others transform their limiting beliefs and unlock their true potential.

She has put together an amazing free gift package for you plus is part of a wonderful new book that is just coming out! We’ll talk more about these offerings soon, but first – let me introduce her!

Welcome to Soul Speak, Jerri! I know that your life now looks completely different than it did just a few years ago. You’ve had such a soul-seeking journey of going from a school principal to retiring and then moving into the energy work that you currently do. I would love for you to share how this journey took place.

I have been setting intentions all my life, even before I knew what it was called. The first time was when I was eight and “knew” I was going to be a teacher. Another time was my first trip to Sedona, Arizona, in 1988. This trip occurred after a year of heartache. My sister died, my mom died six months later, my husband lost his job, and I was dealing with depression. Being in the healing energy of the red rocks in Sedona, I “knew” I would help others heal someday. I set an intention to retire in Arizona. I didn’t want to live in Sedona, but I wanted to live close. I told my husband, Bob, about my plan. We started our annual trips to Arizona the next year, and I retired 20 years later.

Two years into retirement I started taking energy-healing classes. My original intent was to just take it for my own use. In my first LifeLine training I met my friend Gretchen, who asked if I wanted to go through the certification process with her. At the end of the training I opened my Energy Connections practice.

At first, I was very content having a small practice. I live in an active adult community, and I enjoyed being retired! Gretchen and I continued to take more trainings together. I started getting messages to expand my practice and to quit playing small. I ignored those messages! I thought I had fulfilled my Soul’s purpose after working in an inner-city environment for 30 years.

Last summer it all shifted for me. I became a certified Soul Coach® with Denise Linn. During this training I realized if I was going to help others connect with their inner wisdom, I needed to listen to my own inner guidance! I came home and redid my vision board with a focus on expanding my practice using the power of social networking. I had only been on Facebook for two years. I joined LinkedIn because one of the Soul Coaches from my class invited me. I have added several networking sites since. Today I am writing about being empowered through social networking.

Helping others in transition is something that you’re amazing at! I know that many people reading this are currently going through a life transition, and I would love for you to offer one helpful piece of advice for how they can honor where they are and move through it as gracefully as possible.

I learned that transition is a process. William Bridges’ book Managing Transitions really helped me to understand the process. He talks about three stages: 1. Endings, Letting Go 2. The Neutral Zone and 3. New Beginnings. The process is an individual one, which varies from person to person. I also learned that one can be in The Neutral Zone for a long time. I also believe it is important to have support in a safe and loving environment like the Soul Shakers’ Community.

So many of us (myself included) have gotten into the habit of pushing ourselves harder and harder and exhausting ourselves in the process. I know that you’ve been through this yourself, and I wanted to see if you could share three things that you do to honor and take care of yourself .

Thank you for asking this question. I have implemented many forms of self-care over the years.

  1. I take a 20- to 30-minute spa bath every day. I add essential oils and Dead Sea salt. My spa has light therapy that goes through the chakra colors or I can stop on a color if some area needs more attention. It also has an extra heater. I play relaxing music and light candles. This was my retirement gift to myself, and it helps me to stay grounded and focused.
  2. I plan one day each week to spend with my friend. We go to lunch, movies, massages, or some type of event. This is critical when I am working on multiple projects because it gives me something to look forward to.
  3. I plan a date night with my hubby once a week and twice whenever possible. It gets us both away from our businesses and gives us time to connect without all the distractions. We plan vacations together and separately. It has worked well. Next year we will celebrate our 30th anniversary.

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0_0_0_0_285_393_csupload_65423676I’m so happy that you’re offering your How to Thrive in the Midst of Change audio series as a free gift! Thank you! Please tell us all about the goodness that it includes!

I am so excited to be offering this 6-part audio series! It goes along with our “Transitions and Transformation” home-study program that we are putting the finishing touches on. Each audio is around 10 minutes long. My friend and business partner, Gretchen Hogg, is the narrator for the audio series.

This is a content-packed series that can be downloaded for easy access. Here are the topics:

  • Audio 1: Change: What’s it Really All About
  • Audio 2: What’s Your Style When it Comes to Change?
  • Audio 3: Position for a Transition During Change
  • Audio 4: Bouncing Back from Change
  • Audio 5: Becoming the Best You
  • Audio 6: Helping Others Navigate the Course of Change

In these audios you will discover:

  • Three phases of the change process
  • How different personality types deal with change differently
  • How to navigate through the challenging transitional phase of change
  • How to be resilient in the face of change over and over again
  • 5 tips that will help you become your best self and thrive during change
  • How to help others cope with the difficulties of change

Click here to receive Jerri’s How to Thrive in the Midst of Change audio series for free!

 

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paperbackstanding2_693x872Congratulations on being part of the upcoming eBook Empowered Women of Social Media: 44 Women found their Voices using the Power of Social Networking! I would love for you to share more about it with all of us!

Thank you so much! It has been an amazing journey. In 2010 Carla Wynn Hall created the Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) – a Facebook group to help her deal with her divorce. Today her group has around 26,000 members. Carla decided she wanted to create a book for women to tell their stories and share how social media helped them. Our group has cancer survivors, domestic violence survivors, and many who have overcome difficult situations. We have over 40 endorsers supporting us. We have women from six countries and 23 states. We are going to have an International Kindle Book launch on October 5th, and our book can be downloaded for $.99 that day only. My chapter is called “Positive Energy Connections Allowed Me to Let My Soul Shine!” It is about the change process I went through after I retired and relocated to Arizona. You can check out our website to learn more about the authors.

Click here to learn more about this special book!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I am preparing to write an educational book. My dissertation, “A Model For A Comprehensive Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation Program In An Urban Middle School” was written in 2002. A few months ago, I received a very clear intuitive message to turn my dissertation into a book. Honestly, this was not even on my radar – I thought I had put the educational part of me away! The next thing I did was to connect with my social media groups. I explained that I wanted to write a book to help staff members train students to become peer mediators. I asked for title suggestions. Later I had people vote on the top three titles. My new book will be called: “Work It Out Together! A Step-by-Step Guide to Implement a Peer Mediation Program.”

What does your soul want you to know?

The biggest message I have received from my soul recently is that I must embrace all parts of who I am! When I was in the education world, my focus was on education. After I retired, I shifted my focus to energy/healing work and put my educational self away. A few months ago I realized my purpose is to blend both worlds!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you so much, Jodi, for allowing me to share a little of my story with your community. I am so grateful.

I would love to connect with others from your community in these places:

Thank you, Jerri, for sharing your heart with us!

Please spread the love and share this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Big hug,
jodi

Taking My Own Medicine

body-and-soulOh, this soul of mine is something else. It just doesn’t give up. No matter how much I ignore it or try to silence it or stuff its voice deep down, it always comes back – always with loving persistence.

Several years ago, I started down this path of listening to my soul and helping others do the same. I had many conversations with someone on the other side who said this was my life’s calling. Those conversations were followed by a dream where I saw myself being filled with love so that I could be a conduit for others – where I knew that it was my calling to share this loving energy with others.

And after a year or so of fighting this calling (“It’s too big, too much responsibility. I’m too afraid, too private, too sensitive, too _______ to do this. Choose someone else, please.”), I took a leap and decided to embrace it wholeheartedly. I decided to give absolutely everything, everything, everything I had to it. I was impassioned by it, engrossed by it, and completely immersed in it. I took it very, very seriously.

So seriously that I didn’t have time to sleep – there were too many who needed to receive this love. Too many who needed to know that they weren’t alone. Too many who were ready to see the light and just needed a loving nudge saying that it was okay to look for it.

So seriously that I didn’t have time to listen to my body – it just needed to cooperate and hang in there and give me what I needed because I was doing soul work and this was important and it was just going to have to deal with it.

So seriously that I didn’t have time to realize that my own needs mattered – that being of service to others wouldn’t work if I wasn’t first being of service to myself.

I just knew that I needed to take this message and RUN – fast and far.

I thought that this whole life thing/sharing-our-message thing/living-our-calling thing was a sprint – quicker, quicker, faster, faster, go, go, more, more!!!

And what I now am feeling at such a deep level is that it’s actually a marathon. It’s about pacing ourselves so that we’re here for the long haul – so we don’t tire out too quickly and lose steam and putter out and collapse before we reach the finish line.

Oh yeah.

This makes perfect sense, but I was too busy running and wanting to be the best messenger ever that I completely forgot about this.

Until yesterday.

I was planning on spending the day working (spreading love, hanging out in the sanctuary, inspiring, connecting, and seeing – really seeing – other beautiful souls). When I woke up, though, my soul and my body let me know that this wouldn’t be happening. I was so tired that all I could imagine doing was staying in bed. I was completely exhausted.

As much as I wanted to support others, I first needed to take some time to support myself. I had spent years being so consumed with sharing this message with others that I had forgotten to take my own medicine: 

Slow down. Connect with your soul. Honor your own needs. Show up authentically in the world. Let love flow into you and out of you. Balance Heaven and Earth. Sleep when you’re tired. Have faith in yourself, in others, and in the universe. Embrace each moment. Focus on what is working rather than what isn’t. Give yourself permission to feel joy. Rest. Listen to your body. Love, love, and love some more (others and also yourself). 

So yesterday I did this. I turned off the computer, and I rested. I took two naps. I laid on the couch and watched two movies. I read two books. I spent hours talking with Dan – about how I was feeling and how I want my life to be moving forward and how I’m no longer okay with putting my own needs on hold in order to make sure everyone else’s are taken care of.

I realized that I had been trying to offer this message in the way that I thought it should be offered rather than trusting in myself enough to know that I’ll offer it perfectly just by being me: whole, loving, well-rested me. 

Oh yeah.

Such a great reminder, right?

And that goes for all of us. Because I believe that we each have a unique calling. I believe that we are each offering love in our own way.

We have to honor our uniqueness and our sensitivities and our bodies and our energy levels and our needs in the process.

And trust, trust, trust in ourselves and in the universe and in our angels to know that we wouldn’t have been given this message to share if we weren’t the absolute perfect ones to share it in our own perfect way. 

Oh yeah.

So refreshing to remember. I’m not meant to push so hard. None of us are. I’m meant to step back and have complete faith that it’s all happening exactly how it should. The love is flowing to those who are meant to receive it.

It’s like magic. And all we have to do is show up from a rested, whole, all-loved-up space in order for this to happen.

Oh yeah.

Thank you to my soul for helping me receive this message.

Thank you to me for listening to it and letting it seep into my entire being.

And thank you to you for hearing it and hopefully taking it into your own heart.

It’s time we take all of the love that we are offering to others and give some of it to ourselves. It’s time for us to take a dose of our own loving medicine.

Oh yeah. :)

We’re SO worth it!

Hugs,

jodi

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Spiraling My Way Back to Me

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I went away this past weekend to give myself time to go within, clear my head, talk to my soul, and just BE.

To be completely honest, my intention with this mini retreat was to do all of the above-mentioned things, but also to make some headway on the upcoming Soulful Life Sanctuary, which is opening on July 1st. I wanted to get clear about what it was that I was creating and get grounded in it so that it would have a solid foundation before I began sharing it with the world.

But something strange happened while I was in the hotel room: all I wanted to do was draw spirals. 

Let me back up a little bit: A few weeks ago, I had this strange urge to find a spiral making kit. You may remember these from when you were younger – they have grids and circles that go around the grids, and you can make all sorts of fun spiral designs with them. (Here’s an example of one to give you an idea.) I was having an extra sad day (still grieving over my sweet dog-ter, Xena, who passed away in December), and my soul was urging me to go get one of these kits. So my sweetie, Dan, and I headed out to the bookstore where we found the perfect one.

And my time in the hotel was the first chance that I gave myself to really dive in and see what designs came out. So I drew. And I drew. And I drew some more. At first, I couldn’t draw them fast enough – I was so happy to be creating something, and I wanted to create more and more and more.

And then, I settled into it. Round and round and round the circles went around the grids. Round and round and round the pens drew beautiful designs. And while I loved seeing what was created, I was finding that the process itself was so calming.

As you may have read throughout this blog over the years, I have struggled with meditation. I feel called to do it, but it’s honestly like pulling teeth to get me to sit down and actually do it. However, drawing these spirals gave my mind something repetitive to do while my soul could just BE. It gave me something to focus on (similar to the breath in sitting meditation), so that I could get in touch with the present moment. And it was amazing.


circle5Without even realizing it at the time, I now see that I was spiraling my way back to me. With each spiral that I drew, I uncovered a layer that was between me and my soul.
And in taking the time to create these spirals, I was giving myself the gift of stillness and the gift of presence. The only thing that I was thinking about was the pen going round and round. Or what color to use next. Or what grid to try out.

That was all.

Everything that I thought I would be focusing on during my time in the hotel seemed completely secondary next to this time in the present moment – this time of complete focus. This time with my soul.

I was telling my mom about these spirals yesterday, and she said that I used to love drawing these as a child. That I used to spend hours in my room creating spiral after spiral. And while I don’t remember that at all, it’s somehow comforting to know that I’m getting back to me. That I listened to my soul, and it led me to me in a fun, creative way.

Meditating can take so many different forms. Soul work can show up in so many different ways. This is how it’s showing up for me. And I’m sure it will show up for you in its own unique way. And it’s up to us to listen to our soul’s whispers and take action.

If you’re being asked to spend time in nature, go. If you’re being asked to sit still, sit. If you’re being asked to create something, create. If you’re being asked to dance, dance. If you’re being asked to laugh, laugh.

Whatever your soul is asking of you, please pay attention. It’s so important. Because these whispers will lead you back to you. And that’s a pretty amazing space to be in. I truly wish that for each of us.

And after all of these spirals were drawn, I did spend some time creating the Soulful Life Sanctuary. So it all worked out – just not quite in the way I thought it would. In an even better way. :)

Here are a few of the spirals that I drew. (You can click on them to enlarge them.):

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I would love to hear how you’re coming home to yourself, too! Please feel free to share in the comments below. 

Hugs,

jodi

 

 

 

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