We all have a deep inner voice that sometimes gets drowned out by the noise of daily life. A voice that speaks the truth and whispers our authentic desires. It’s easy to forget our connection to our soul when we’re juggling work, family, and everything in between. But if we take the time to listen, our soul can provide us with guidance and wisdom that can help us live a more fulfilling life.
This is part 4 in Embodied Woman series. I’ve talked about who an Embodied Woman is, 8 Ways to Master Your Mind, and 6 Ways Embrace Your Body. Today we round out the series with the Soul.
When you’re disconnected from your soul…
The anxiety of being disconnected from your soul can feel overwhelming. You’re irritable, tired, and react emotionally to what’s going on around you but don’t know why. You’re frustrated because things aren’t turning out the way you planned. Your mind is busy trying to logically figure everything out while getting lost in details, unable to see the bigger picture.
8 Ways to Connect to Your Soul
It’s challenging to separate your soul from your mind and body, but there are some things that simply resonate on a deeper level. You’re a complex being and when one part is out of balance, everything is affected. Embodying your full potential requires an in-depth study of what makes YOU feel whole.
I offer you 8 ways that I use to connect reconnect with my soul for times when I start to doubt myself and what I’m here to do.
Create a daily practice of tuning into your intuition through writing. Starting each day with a mindful routine helps you to feel grounded and centered.
Journaling is a potent process that helps you to process what’s going on inside you, connect to your intuitive voice within, and even view things from a different perspective. It can also be a great way to set an intention for your day and track your progress over time. See what guidance comes up for you on that particular day and notice how your body is reacting to what you write. I often feel tingles or get tears in my eyes, as if my body is confirming “Yes. This is your truth.” Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you get in touch with what your soul is trying to tell you.
Go deeper: Julia Cameron speaks about “morning pages” in her book The Artist’s Way. She requires her students to write 3 pages every morning by hand before speaking to anyone or engaging in digital stimulation. This daily practice is instituted for 3 months – no excuses. Give it a try. Even if you don’t know what to write – write that and keep going. I found this practice to feel like a weight was lifted off my shoulders every morning, and it was a great feeling to start my day!
Invite in stillness.
Spend time quieting your mind & body through practices like meditation or breathwork to relax, de-stress, and focus your attention inward. This helps you foster the connection with your body and understand everything that’s happening within. The more familiar you are with ways to quiet your mind and go within, the easier it will be to self-regulate and calm yourself down when you need it.
Go deeper: Get into a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. With each exhale, mentally tell your body to relax. Focus on your body with each inhale and exhale. Bring your attention to what Eckhart Tolle calls “the aliveness” in your body. I equate this sensation to tingling in my hands and feet. Savor this feeling. (Little secret – I do this every night to fall asleep. It works great!)
Find a creative outlet.
Creativity is an essential part of life. It sparks innovation, connects people from around the world, and even shapes the way we live. There’s something powerful about making something that didn’t exist before you started.
Humans are natural creators, yet many think creativity is for a lucky few. Watch kids play – they aren’t worried about the end result. They’re lost in the process of exploration and discovery that teach them so much more than any school or work might ever do! This applies to adults too. Yes, you’ll learn about the creative art form, but also about yourself. It’s a fast track to self-growth because you’re choosing to push yourself within a creative space. The ego wants to be good and get things right, but the journey of the soul is much more vulnerable. It’s a space of being willing to fail but try again because you know you can improve.
Go deeper: What are you curious about trying? How are you going to start learning more about it?
Align your values with your actions.
Knowing your values – who you are and what you stand for – is critical for how you’re showing up in the world. When you know your values, it is easier to make decisions. All of the things that matter most will become clear, which makes a lot of things more simple! But unless you’ve taken the time to identify what’s important, your values are more of a concept than a belief system to live by.
Go deeper: Write down your values – your core principles. Next, write down what you spend your money on, what you give your attention to, and what you spend your time doing. Are your actions lining up with your values? If not, what can you do to change this?
Work towards a better you.
Spend time thinking about the type of person you aspire to be and how you want to treat others. People who are connected to a higher calling are mindful of the way they move through the world. They take interactions with others seriously and know that their actions make a difference.
Go deeper: Who do you admire and why? How can you aspire to be like them?
Find what feels good.
Connect with the feelings of joy, happiness, and gratitude. Gratitude is so easy and a powerful tool for getting closer to the feeling of love. Find activities that make you feel free – yoga, dancing, painting, hiking – try them all! Allow yourself to get lost in the experience and let go of any judgmental thoughts. Put in the time and effort to discover what connects you to your sense of self, because then you’ll know exactly what to do when you’re feeling off.
Go deeper: What did you love doing as a kid? When did you lose track of time? Do more of that!
Invest in your people.
When you’re feeling lost and alone, reach out to the ones around you. Spend time with loved ones and friends who make you feel good and appreciate the value you bring. You’re not here to move through life alone. We all need to be reminded of our greatness from time to time, so spend some quality one-on-one moments with the people in your circle.
Go deeper: Make a list of the people who mean the most to you and connect with them.
Build trust in yourself.
Building self-trust is an astoundingly difficult task. It requires pushing yourself to do things you haven’t done before in order to gain confidence and satisfaction with your abilities. This builds up a sense of competence over time, which leads not only to inner peace but also joy within yourself as you grow into a stronger version of who you are. The more you learn about yourself through challenging situations makes you feel better about life’s little hiccups because you’ve garnered the trust in yourself to figure things out – no matter what.
Go deeper: What new things are you going to try over the next 3 months?
The human experience is full of ups and downs. It’s a constant juggling act to keep life in balance, but we all do it anyway because when you’re your true self there can never be any room for confusion or regret – only fulfillment!
Save and reference the Embodied Woman series of blog posts (links at the top of the page) to help you find ways to embody your full self – mind, body, and spirit. Life is much fuller and more meaningful when you’re connected to your whole self, and I hope you’ll continue putting in the work (because inner work is the best work!)
If you want to dive deeper into this kind of work, please reach out to me or join me in person at a retreat. I’d love to support you.
Life is full of challenges and it can be hard to know which path to take.
It’s normal to feel scared or uncertain at times, but it’s important to have the courage to face your fears and go after what you want.
A retreat is a great way to gain clarity and connect with your inner wisdom. At the Fearless Spirit Retreat, we provide a safe space for you to explore your creative limits, connect with nature, and experience healing on a soul level. You’ll leave feeling inspired and with a stronger connection to your inner knowing, so you can make decisions with confidence, align with your higher calling, and trust that you’re on the right path.