We have a society that is often accused of being disconnected. Our technology has grown so fast that everything is one step removed. We can have a conversation without speaking. We can shop without leaving our homes. This disconnect has caused a rise of the trolls, those anonymous users who roam the net simply to bully, harass, and disrupt our peace.
It can seem challenging to connect to our souls when we’re inundated with the daily minutiae of our lives. We may not even know where to start. But our souls are calling for us to nurture them, even if the only clue is this restless feeling that sometimes creeps up on us.
How do we upload a soul connection?
Unplug. Want to connect to the soul? Find times to unplug from technology. Disconnect from social media, put the ringer on silent, and turn off the television. We need to declare certain blocks of time to unplug each day in order to recharge and truly connect to our souls.
Grounding. One of the more immediate ways to feel more connected is to do a grounding exercise. Grounding can be as simple as standing barefoot on the earth. We can also ground ourselves through our senses. A common grounding exercise involves identifying 5 things we see, 4 things we feel, 3 things we hear, 2 things we smell, and 1 thing that we taste. Returning to that sense of mindfulness of the present moment is a great way to connect to our souls.
Nature. Spending time in nature is a great way to establish a soul connection. In order to listen to our intuition, we need to remove the distractions of our busy lives. Going for a mindful walk in nature is a great way to allow our thoughts to flow more naturally. We can sift through them and think about the things we normally brush aside in our rush to do all the thing we’re expected to do.
Meditation. Meditation is an excellent tool for connecting to our souls. We can choose guided or unguided meditation. We can listen to music or simply have silence. We can focus on a mantra or just our breath flowing in and out. It’s simply a time to sit still and allow our thoughts to rise and fall without judgement. It’s a wonderful way to give ourselves the quiet space that we need to reconnect to ourselves on a deeper level.
Yoga. I’ve taken yoga classes, off and on, since college. What I’ve always enjoyed is that melding of mind and body. It’s true that we are capable of more than we often think we can do. By simply focusing on our bodies and taking the time for practice, we often surprise ourselves. Yoga gives us so many opportunities during the practice to look inward and to focus on our mind/body connection.
Art. When we find ourselves yearning for a deeper soul connection, we can turn to art. Whether we choose simply to view art or to create it, art provides a way of connecting to ourselves on a deeper level. Even if we don’t consider ourselves to be creative types, we can always experiment with different art forms. It doesn’t need to be perfect. There’s no reason to even judge our work. What’s important is that we create or, failing that, that we simply experience another’s art on a deeper level.
Music. Music can sometimes be a distraction, but at times, it’s also a way to connect deeply with our own thoughts and feelings. A certain melody or particular song lyrics can strike a chord (pun intended) on a level deeper than entertainment. We can, instead, dive deeper into our own human experience and find a deeper connection.
Literature. Literature was my first love in many ways. Once I figured out that words could form stories powerful enough to take me away to fantastic realms, I became a lifelong reader. When the outer world gets chaotic, as it often does, I can tune into a good story and find a deeper resonance within myself.
Journaling. Starting a journal to write out our thoughts and feelings can be a great way to identify the things that bring us joy versus the things that bring us discord and discomfort. Journaling can be an excellent tool to connect with our souls on a more intimate level. It can be a way of figuring out if our values align with our choices and vice versa so that we can begin to build the lives we would like to be living.
New experiences. Stepping firmly outside of our comfort zones and into new experiences can be a great way to get to know more about ourselves. When we open ourselves up to the unfamiliar, we can lean more deeply into living. This can even include meeting new people and having a human experience, rather than an experience where we ignore new people in favor of our electronic devices.
Self-Care. It’s difficult to get in touch with our souls when we’re stressed. Often, our bodies are simply too tired to allow for that connection. Practicing basic self-care is essential for being able to deeply link to our intuition. That self-care might look like a long bath, a walk outside, regular exercise, a healthy meal, or even petting a dog. It could be coloring a picture or gardening or even spending time paging through a magazine we enjoy. The important part of self-care is that we find a way to gently care for ourselves in a way that helps us to reconnect.
Our lives are busy. Fast. Filled with responsibilities. Slowing down as everyone else is urging us to speed up, to do more, to be better can seem deeply counter-intuitive. Taking time out for ourselves when everyone else is telling us that we should we worried about everyone but ourselves can be uncomfortable. But it’s important that we find a way to connect with our souls, our intuition, that deep core of who we are as individuals so that we can live enriched lives. Start by unplugging a little while each day. Then go out and find a way to reconnect.
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