By Jackie White
C’mon and jump on board the Souuuuul Train with me! If you grew up during the 70’s, you know what I am talking about, but, the funny thing is this isn’t about learning new funk dance moves, it is actually about your soul.
On this occasion of All Souls Day, I invite you to board the Soul Train with me. All Soul’s Day is a celebration of our family members who have crossed over. When that person leaves the physical world, they still are remembered in spirit. This lingering spirit is intertwined with the soul. Your soul is the root of who you are and everyone has one. Have you ever felt like your intuition was nudging you in a certain way? Well, that is your soul speaking to you. Your soul is speaking to you all the time. It is who you are in the most authentic sense. It's what makes you, you.
Deep shit, right? Yep, but hang in there, this is good stuff.
You hear personal development people always talking about “finding yourself” or “following your purpose in life”. Ok, so I admit it, that’s me. I am always talking about that and do you know why? Because it is very important to live your life from your most authentic self. When you aren’t doing what you love or if what you are doing really doesn’t align with who you really are, you are not living up to your potential. I am also going to venture that you may not be as happy as you could be.
So, what does the soul have to do with any of this? Your soul is who you are. It’s the little kid inside you who used to like painting so much, but you never do it anymore because grown ups don’t do that. Your soul is all of those creative ideas you have that excite you! It’s that thing you have to do. It’s that thing you would do everyday if you could, and you would do it for no money at all. That is what is in your soul. Pull up a seat, let’s chat. So, when you think of who you really are, by what measure do you define yourself? Take a moment, I’ll wait...
Here’s a hint, you are not your job. I know, that makes it harder, right? Look at it this way, if you work as a doctor, a teacher or a volunteer, all these jobs mean that you like to help people. Look deeper into that aspect of helping people as part of who you are. Now, if you are doing a job like that and you can’t stand it, then you are not living in your wheelhouse.
Now, back to our chat, if you are being honest, who are you really? Are you doing what you love or are you doing what you think you are supposed to be doing?
Ok, so let’s play a little what if. What if the ticket to happiness was following your soul’s direction? What if your life’s plan is held within your soul and if you just listened, you would be living a life of fulfillment and meaning?Are you thinking you have got to get a hold of this soul ASAP? Can you text or set a zoom call? What about a socially distanced lunch date? How the heck do you get on the Soul Train?
You may suddenly be seeing how important this is because the key to your happiness is lying in wait. Waiting with your soul.
Don’t call 911
This is an emergency, but don’t call 911. It’s an emergency because you don’t want to miss another day not knowing the direction you should be heading in life. I can help point you in the right direction and get on the Soul Train. First you need to know that you don’t need a ticket to ride, only the desire to get in touch with your authentic self. Now, that’s a deal, not too many things in life are free and this may very well be the deal of a lifetime!
Getting on the Soul Train - How to Get in Touch with Your Soul
Make Time: You have to make time to connect with your soul, that is, your authentic self. What I am saying is make a date with yourself and make it a priority to learn your soul’s purpose.
Get Quiet: Take time each day to quiet your mind. Some call this meditating, but don’t get weirded out by that word, just be quiet if that feels better to you. Clear out all your thoughts and concentrate on your breathing. Let the stresses of the day melt away and sit in peace. There are tons of meditations on You Tube to help guide you through this process.
Listen: Listen to what you hear, sense or feel. If an image pops into your mind, think of what the meaning of that image is to you. Sometimes you may hear something in your mind, listen to that voice. That is your inner voice or your soul speaking.
Ask: If you have any questions, ask them before you meditate/get quiet. The thing to remember here is if you don’t ask you won’t know, so ask away!
Write It Down: This step is important. Write down what you hear, sense or feel. Sometimes it might take a few days before what was relayed makes sense. The journal will help you take your experience, put meaning to it and translate it to actionable steps.
Get on the Soul Train: Now that you have a process and a mode in which to speak with your soul, take what you have learned and put it into action in your life. None of this will serve you unless you take action. This is not a time to chicken out!
Once you have ridden on the Soul Train for a while, you will find you have actually always been on it, but just didn’t know it. Tap into your soul, your inner voice, your authentic self frequently and you will soon find yourself aligned and living the life you were always meant to live.
See, that wasn’t so hard was it? Maybe some of you have stuck around to see if I am actually going to teach some funky dance moves. Sorry to disappoint, but not today. However, I hope perhaps this exercise has inspired you to jump on board the Soul Train with me!
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.