Want the power to change? — Be still and feed your soul

Grace is the voice that calls us to change and gives us the power to pull it off. —Max Lucado, “Grace”

When I was at a workshop about dream manifestation this past month, the person giving the workshop gave each of us participants a Grace Card from Cheryl Richardson’s set of “Grace Cards — A 50 Card Deck.” The workshop leader let us know she hoped the cards would set a tone for each person and help each of us break the ice to open up spiritually. She also wanted the cards to act as tools that would help us manifest our own hopes and dreams — in essence, to find ways to create positive changes to our lives.

One of the participants expressed that she was not really familiar with “spiritual” messages presented in the Grace Cards. She still went ahead and chose a card after the facilitator let her know it was OK if she chose not to. The facilitator also expressed to the group that the term “spiritual” means different things to different people. She explained that every person present needed to find a place within themselves where they could go to receive their own inner guidance and to open up to new ideas that would be given in the workshop later on that day.

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. —Eckhart Tolle, “Stillness Speaks”

The rest of the participants chose their cards. I did the same. The card I pulled said: “Soul — practice good soul care. The quality of our outer life is always dependent on the quality of care we give to our soul.” When I read my card out loud, a woman who came to the workshop to learn how to manifest a new corporate position, made a comment that she was open to my card’s suggestion, but she wanted to know just how she should go about doing it. What a great question, especially for all of us living in times when our outer, fast-paced and “noisy” world seems to counter any chance of us getting in touch with our “still” world.

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. —Deepak Chopra

The card I pulled indicated what many spiritual authors and leaders have expressed: despite the seemingly endless things going on around us, we need to go inward in order to open up to grace, abundance, health and peace. To do so we first need to become silent and still. We have to slow down our minds in order to feel the benefit of getting in touch with our inner guidance — the whispers of our spirit instructing us with the things we need to do in order to maintain a healthy soul.

Yet many people today believe that getting still and quiet is easier said than done. One of my colleagues recently sent me a quote by Someecards posted on Pinterest: “Men: If you ever wanna know what a woman’s mind feels like, imagine a browser with 2,857 tabs open. All. The. Time.” I laughed out loud when I read it because I believe that to be completely true. And though this statement was geared towards women, I think it is safe to say that both men and women feel this way on a regular basis. In that case, it appears to be within our best interest to work towards what the experts have suggested: finding ways to be silent and still in order to foster our inner guidance.

To get in touch with our spirit, it takes daily intention and inspired action on our part. In order to do that, we need to close as many of our mental (browser) tabs as possible. We can start small with a block of 3-5 minutes of quiet time in the morning and in the evening. It is essential that we find a method to focus our minds on during each block of time. One method is to turn our attention to our breathing. We can do this by counting to three in our heads during each inhale and each exhale. Another way to focus is to have a cup of tea and stare at a physical object, such as a candle. We can use any simple little object in place of the candle as long as we set the intention to quiet our minds down by focusing. These focusing exercises: 1) guide us to more inspired ways of finding inner peace; 2) nurture our soul; and 3) give us the power to make healthy changes in our lives.

Here is to feeding our souls!


Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit her at http://jillegreinke.com.

 This article originally posted Natures Pathways July 2013  http://naturespathways.com/

 

Comments

  1. I love the concept of “soul care.” It feels much more whole to me. I think I’ll start using those words when I reference “self-care.” ~ Many thanks for a beautiful post – and for the great tips for getting in touch with our spirit! 🙂

  2. Love this post, Jill. I was working with a client yesterday, doing some guided imagery for her to connect with Spirit, and the message was, “Meet me in the stillness”. She left with a plan to create a period of stillness in her life on a daily basis. Good idea for all of us!

  3. Great post Jill! The power to change happens in silence and stillness. Thanks for your helpful examples and exercises to get us to that place of peace through nurturing our souls.

    Barbara
    http://barbaraannwilliams.com

  4. Love this post Jill! I am facilitating a retreat next weekend and this gave me some great inspiration.Stillness is key to so many things we want in our lives and it seems the busy lifestyle of today is only getting worse. We have to become aware and slow down the chaos and these are great tips to do that.

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