In this ever-changing world, bustling cities, people on the fast track to success, destruction and devastation from war-torn countries and separation of human kind in general it’s easy for souls to become lost and discombobulated. There’s a yearning deep inside all of us, but what is this yearning we search for? We turn to external sources searching deep to nourish this yearning we know nothing about. We don’t know its name. We we’re baffled as to where it comes from and how it found itself within us. We did not ask for it yet, here it is growing rapidly, spinning out of control leaving us with feelings of despair.
In my life, I go to work, I come home, I spend time with friends and I take care of the day-to-day responsibilities of living. When I look at how I spend my time, the majority of it is spent on work. In fact, I would say 70% of my time is dedicated to work. The remaining 20% is spent taking care of the day to day business of life, paying bills, taking care of the house, laundry and the list goes on. A small, small percentage is spent on me. I’m so busy taking care of everyone else, I forget about me and what I need to live a happy fulfilling life. In my quite hours late at night, I can feel the emptiness that lies within. I silently wonder what this is and where it comes from. I feel happy as I go through my days. I smile, I laugh, I enjoy my work, I have a beautiful family and wonderful friends, so why do I have an unexplainable void? This very question sent me on a journey. A journey to find the missing link causing me twinges of pain that I could not understand.
I must admit, I felt like a chicken with her head cut off running around with no clear direction. Seriously–one moment I was running to the right, the next to the left, then up, then down, sideways and every other possible direction. Did I find my answer? No, but I knew I was getting closer because at least now, I was searching to understand the emptiness. Before, I didn’t even know it existed; I was too busy to notice.
The more I searched, the more my erratic behavior of looking for understanding began to calm down. Instead of looking like a chicken with her head cut off, I began to look like the silly dog chasing his tail round and round. It was nice to be going in circles. It really was because it was smooth and my smile was bigger now. It was as if I could see the light at the end of the tunnel (or tail as in this case). I could see it! I knew I was on the right path, I knew I was going to get there, if I could just catch that dang tail!
I could clearly see the tunnel, but I didn’t have a clue to how I got from oblivious to knowing there was something missing in my life, to chaotic bouncing from one thing to another and then to chasing my tail. What was I doing now that I wasn’t doing then?
I began to slow down and put “me” back into my life. In today’s world we lead such hurried, busy lives. It becomes very easy to forget about the most important thing you have going for yourself, YOU! I took the time to stop and just be with me. I learned to meditate. I had always had an interest in meditation, but for some reason didn’t think I had what it takes. Boy, was I ever wrong. Once I started, it felt so natural and peaceful. I found I wanted to meditate all day long! It suddenly became my drug of choice. For me to experience pure bliss and happiness, I meditated. I felt energized after meditating and perhaps the most important thing of all, I was healthier. For the first time in years my disease ravaged lungs felt alive. I could actually take oxygen into my lungs without coughing and sputtering. I found yoga as well which tripled everything I was feeling.
With all of this newfound energetic happiness, I still questioned what was really going on. Could it be meditation could turn my life around or was there more to it? What I discovered was in my very hurried life, I had forgotten about my soul. What one needs to remember as they go through life, is their soul is the most important part of them. It is the essence of your being. If you don’t take care of the soul and its needs, then the other areas of your life will become confused and a scary mess if your not careful. Your soul needs nourishment to achieve harmony. Harmony within the soul brings happiness, peace and calm to the other areas in your life. It brings balance and we all could use some balance!
When your soul is out of sync, there is no harmony in your life. We feel the void in the depths of our soul, but have no idea what it is or where it comes from. We know something isn’t right with us. This confuses us and we go in search externally to find what is missing, but we search in all the wrong places. We think to ourselves, I’ll get a new partner, that will make me happy or I’ll change jobs. When that doesn’t work, we think it must be where we live, so we move. We continue to add new things to our lives but the void stays with us as we try one false hope after another. It is true these things can bring positive gifts to our lives, but they are external gifts not internal. These gifts are nothing more than a band-aide to the soul. They mask the pain for a little while, but sooner or later the pain comes creeping back into our lives. It’s a vicious cycle and before you know it, you’re running around like a chicken with their head cut off. Before you know it, you’re just like I was. On the outside, you seem to be happy, but on the inside there’s a different story.
If you truly want to heal, go within. Sitting quietly for 10 minutes or longer a day with no thoughts running through your head will allow your soul to receive the nourishment it needs. This is how we reconnect with who we are at the core. Our soul needs us to check in daily. Silence equals nourishment to the soul. Sitting quietly with your soul, your inner self re-energizes you. Think of it as medicine to the soul. We don’t hesitate to go to the doctor when our bodies are sick, so why do we neglect our souls? A happy, healthy, well nourished soul brings out the best in you. A happy soul radiates love. If your energy field radiates love, then you will attract love. It’s the law of attraction. It’s that simple.
I’m happy to say, I’ve come to a place in my life where happiness is genuine. My happiness comes from the inside now and I no longer rely on outside sources to fill me with pleasure. The emptiness from within is slowly disappearing and it feels wonderful. For the first time in my life, my soul is beginning to dance as I heal and find balance in my life. There’s still much work to do. I suppose, I will always be working towards this as we never know what life will bring.
Find time to be alone with the essence of your being, your soul. Listen quietly to the whispers from within. Heal from within and begin to live a life of contentment, peace and love. Awaken your soul and dance!
Love, peace and light
- What Is Real Happiness? (witchesofthecraft.wordpress.com)