Saturday, November 12, 2011

Step 12 - Feed your Soul

Day 12 of the National Blog Post Month challenge where I’m writing a blog post every day along the theme of 30 Steps to Happiness and Contentment.

 How many times have you driven to work/school/the shops and not noticed the world around you?  Have you taken time recently to notice the leaves on the trees changing colour or the birds gathering to fly off for the winter?  Have you seen your first Robin this year, or watched how the rain splashes off the leaves on the trees?

Too often we are so blinkered that we don't take time to notice the beauty of the natural world around us.  I'm fortunate to live in a beautiful part of France where the majesty of the mountains is thrust upon me every day, but you don't have to live anywhere special, just make a conscious effort to look at the trees, take a walk in the park or tend to your garden or houseplants.

The food we eat dictates how healthy we are - fill yourself with fast and over processed foods and it will take it's toll on your health.  Well, what we take in through our eyes affects our mood, our inner being, our soul.  If all we see is high rise blocks, buildings and offices (man made structures), we are denying our soul the opporutnity of healthy growth.

Think about the last time you took a walk in the countryside or a trip to the coast or anywhere you were surrounded by nature - how did it make you feel?  Didn't you feel calmer, more relaxed, more at peace and more able to think clearly?  I believe it's not only the fact that you are perhaps away from the pressures, but it's also because you are providing your soul with beautiful natural sights.  It's calming to the soul.  Just as it's better for your to eat more natural food, it's beter to see more natural sights - to be more aware of and at peace with nature.

So take time today and every day to really look at and internatlise what's going on in the natural world.  Nature is happening all around us, and it's good for us to stop and take time to appreciate the beauty of the world - it's food for the soul!

You may be interested to read the other posts in this series:

Step 30 - The Key to Happiness and Contentment
Step 29 -You are the master of your own destiny
Step 28 - Don't give up on a good relationship
Step 27 - Don't Judge , Live and let live
Step 26 - Don't Worry, by happy
Step 25 - Never give up
Step 24 - Get by with a little help from your friends
Step 23 - Go with the Flow
Step 22 - Enjoy the moment
Step 21 - Love what you do
Step 20 - Forgive and Forget
Step 19 - Unconditional giving
Step 18 - Smile and the world smiles with you
Step 17 - Work to live, don't live to work
Step 16 - Surround yourself with Positive People
Step 15 - Always look on the bright side of life
Step 14 - Where there's a will there's a way
Step 13 - Silence is Golden
Step 12 - Feed your Soul
Step 11 - Follow your Dreams
Step 10 - Use your time wisely
Step 9 - Don't be too hard on yourself
Step 8 - Consider what you value most
Step 7 - Find time for Yourself
Step 6 - Make time for Family and Friends
Step 5 - Don't take yourself too Seriously
Step 4 - Feel the Fear and do it Anyway
Step 3 - Love what you Hate
Step 2 - There's no such word as CAN''T
Step 1 - Find the Best in Every Day


  1. Good advice. I myself sometimes stop to admire the cakes and pastries in the bakery. As I'm not buying it is a sort of feeding my soul. Seriously tough, the trees do it for me every time.

  2. So true Nikki - When I'm feeling stressed I like to just take off to the beach or the hills and just be.

    If that's not possible a walk in the park or just sitting in the garden really does restore my soul. :)

  3. Music and the countryside ('specially the beach) are my main soul foods......... we all need to stop hurrying around for at least some of the time!

  4. A nice reminder to stop and smell the roses.

  5. Ha ha Midlife Singlemum - that's more like torchering yourself ;) Trees are amazing aren't they!

    Yes Sarah it does really help relieve stress and doesn't have to take up much of your time either.

    I agree music is another good soul food and something we can really loose ourselves in.

    That's a good way of putting it shambolicliving :)

  6. I just found you through NaBloPoMo and I am really enjoying this series :)
    My post today was on a similar note, though about noticing people around you and making a difference. I guess it's my way of feeding my soul.