“Make me strong in spirit, courageous in action, gentle of heart, let me act in wisdom, conquer my fear and doubt, discover my own hidden gifts, meet others with compassion, be a source of healing energies, and face each day with hope and joy.” Abby Willowroot
Last Tuesday, I began the last leg of my road trip that began in Cleveland and ended in Sunset Beach, NC where I am now living. This nomadic journey has given me the opportunity to become crystal clear of what’s important in my life. During this sacred time, I’ve become highly aware of my sacred soul truths and what no longer aligns with these core values.
Being on the open road away from everything I’ve known helped me see my life through the lens of the present moment. Each day my senses welcomed the new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feels of where I landed. Whether it was the smiles of my grandsons in Washington DC, the salty taste of the oysters in Charleston, SC, or the sound of the ocean in St. Augustine, FLA, I experienced living in the Now. I accepted whatever came my way without judging it good or bad.
While on my journey, I discovered that being highly aware of what was happening in the present moment without wishing it were different was key to remaining peaceful in traffic jams, hazardous drivers, and timetables and plans that changed. Enjoying the simple pleasures without holding on when they changed allowed my trip to flow with ease and grace. And, leaning in to the uncomfortable without fearing that it will always be this way was the most freeing of all.
Here are 5 Sacred Soul Truths During My Month-Long Nomadic Journey:
1.Practice Mindfulness: The practice of mindfulness is more than a buzz word or a new trendy topic. It’s an intentional way of living in the present. Just taking a few minutes each day to ground yourself in the present moment is beneficial to your health and well-being. Developing the practice of mindfulness will improve your overall quality of life, heighten your level of happiness, and lessen stress and anxiety. Every situation you find yourself in presents an opportunity to practice mindfulness: waiting in line at the grocery store, performing household chores, or sitting in car traffic.
2.Keep it Simple: It’s been a freeing experience to let go of accumulating stuff and only having what you truly need. Simplicity originates in the heart, not the mind. It’s grounded in your present awareness and in connection with your divine source. When you see life and make choices from this spiritual perspective, life flows easily, naturally, and simply. Living simply doesn’t mean you have no problems, less demands, or experience less doubt, conflict, or confusion. When you lead from your heart rather than your head, you stop trying to figure things out and trust the inner knowing of your soul core self. You make being awake, aware, and attentive a priority. When you have mixed feelings or self-doubt, pause, center yourself, and listen deeply to your simple truth.
3.Live Intentionally: Being mindful of the energetic space you create in any moment is key to living intentionally. Let the energy of your intentions guide your every breath, thought, word, and choice. When you live intentionally, you consciously co-create what you want rather than unconsciously allow life to happen to you. The intention you bring to every situation ultimately determines the outcome of that situation. That’s why it’s so important to be mindful of your thoughts. Your intentions are more powerful when you become an intentional being, co-creating a conscious relationship with your life. It’s the surest path to a life lived with heart and soul. Be more intentional of every moment in your day and how you will spend it. Make each day count by living it to the fullest.
4.Savor the Joys: Learn to appreciate life’s simple pleasures and the most precious moments. Look for something positive everyday even if some days you have to look harder. Dwelling on the positive things in your life moves you toward the tipping point of positivity. Real experiences of awe, wonder, joy, inspiration, happiness, gratefulness, contentment, and connectedness–anything good in your life, needs to be given focused attention. As your day begins, repeat the mantra, “I am a blessed being.” Bring to mind three things that you feel grateful for or happy about, even if it’s just being alive. When your day comes to a close, reﬂect on three things that happened during the day that you feel blessed about, and why you believe they happened for you.
5.Take it Slow: You may feel too busy so you rush or have too much to do so you multitask. Slow down and focus on one thing at a time. Slowing down creates space between one transition and another. Be mindful of any transition whether it’s between one thought to another, one movement to another, or one choice to another. When you slow down, you can pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and energy. It provides the pauses so you can become aware of every moment and what kind of energy you are bringing to it. Some of the spiritual practices that can assist you are: mindfulness movement, meditation, yoga, and breathwork. These practices all provide a sacred container for you to notice, observe, and become aware of your breath, thoughts, feelings, and choices in any given moment.