I was recently asked the question ‘What nourishes you?’ and I took pause for a moment to really think about the question. When I think about nourishing my authentic self, first of all, I really have to separate myself from all the conditioning I have grown up with and been surrounded by my entire life. It is tuning out the voices that are from the outside world telling me what I need to do or be. It involves separating myself from everyone’s opinions but my own. It is trusting the inner voice inside of myself that speaks to me in every moment. It is honoring my own unique expression in this life no matter that it may not match other’s ideas about what I should be doing with my time or energy.
Nourishing myself means doing those activities that feel good to me; in the physical sense it means preparing whole foods on a daily basis, choosing fresh organic produce that has the most life energy. Taking the time to really mindfully prepare my food, eat my food, give thanks for it, give thanks for all the invisible people that were involved with getting it to my table- the growers, farmers, workers, transporters, etc. It means drinking filtered water and making a beautiful cup of herbal tea. It means knowing that this food nurtures and heals my body and marveling at the amazement of that; being thankful and knowing that all is well!
What activities nourish me? Because I am an empath, I have to say I need a lot of alone time to restore my spirit. I need to fill myself up by taking some silent time for rest, contemplation, meditation, reading spiritual books- this is a necessity for me…I belong to a meditation group that is very important to me; these people hold similar beliefs to me and appreciate the same values that I hold true to my heart. Being held in a circle of unconditional support is healing to my heart and soul. Spending time with my family is incredibly nourishing to me. The love that I feel for them is beyond description.
Nourishing me requires a big hit of nature. I always take time to go the mountains or at least go farther from the downtown core where I can find a stream, hear the wind in the trees, or have a canopy of trees around me; being in nature harmonizes my frequency like nothing else- no phones required. It allows me to recalibrate to a more serene setting so when I go back into the downtown core, I can start to harmonize the environment around me and bring more serenity to each and everyone around me.
How do you authentically express your spirit in a way that nourishes you? Expressing your spirit is paramount to leaving your mark on the world. This can be a big or small expression or even very subtle; perhaps a comment made that lifts another individual up. Just noting that your life is not about you rather about how many people’s lives you touch in a positive way using the authentic expression of your spirit is important to note. This last question can be contemplated or reflected upon, refined and then revealed as you begin to know more about yourself and get in touch with your authentic spirit. What feels good to you? What do you have passion for? Do more of that!! (Writing is a form that I choose to express my spirit in.) How do you nourish yourself and express your authentic self? Please leave a comment to let me know!!!!