Mind, Body, and Soul Nourishment

The garden is a refuge, a place of quiet contemplation, a source of nourishment for mind and body alike. — Dean Pailler

My garden is nature, books, love, laughter, fruits and vegetables, and coconut milk ice cream. It’s writing and yoga and the vibrant life intermixed with the sounds of vibrant silence. I nourish myself with these things daily.

photo by Konejita.

Do you feel nourished in your life, work, and love? Is nourishment something you seek on a daily basis? How do you nourish yourself? Nourishment to me, consists of incorporating elements of mindfulness, love, compassion, and peace throughout my day.

I have had a lot of moments of sadness in the past couple of weeks yet I have still been able to keep myself nourished. It’s a matter of practice. If we breathe deeply in yoga class and it becomes an integral part of our practice, then we can breathe deeply in moments of stress when in the past we would have been more likely to shut down or attack. If we nourish ourselves in the moments of joy, then we can do it in the moments of sadness.

There is always joy in every moment of sadness and the key is to find it. It’s embedded in acceptance, surrender, and love. When we accept our current situation, we can use it as a tool or anchor on our path rather than becoming a victim on our own path. We gain the control in our lives and manifest our dreams when we are the love and happiness we seek in life because we know that this hardship, this challenge will pass, but we have an unconditional faith and love in ourselves that is always present.

So even if you hate your job, you do not feed yourself that hate by focusing on that, you focus on all that you are grateful for that this job allows instead. You allow a path to be created each day through that gratitude that brings you closer to the career you are seeking. The same is true for people we find ourselves hating as well. Create boundaries, spend less time with the person, and have no expectations or attachments to a certain outcome where that person is concerned. We can let these situations limit us or we can let them teach us areas where we need to let go a little more and let more love into our lives. Love is the only thing that will lead us to more love in our lives.

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Create this love in your life. Feel this love for yourself and let it be unconditional regardless of your perception of yourself or of your life.  Let this love be a constant that inspires and nourishes you. Let it create a spirit of limitlessness in your life where your obstacles become your stepping stones and where your enemies become your teachers.

– lissa

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writer. lover. yogini. bookworm. dreamer. View all posts by lissa

5 responses to “Mind, Body, and Soul Nourishment

  • Anna Guest-Jelley

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this idea of authoring your own life. Someone told me recently, “If you think you hate your job, I can guarantee you that will be your experience.” That seemingly simple statement made me think differently about how much influence we have over how we experience the world.

    • lissabliss

      “If you think you hate your job, I can guarantee you that will be your experience.” — Truth. Such a powerful statement and idea. We always create our experiences in life. We have so much more control of our lives than we sometimes realize.

  • keishua

    you’re such a wise woman. i have been thinking a lot about how important nourishing activity is for my life lately. on some level when you pay attention to those things that make your soul sing, your life sings.

  • Maria @downwarddog

    All you need is love! Beautiful post Lissa!

  • Erin :: EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga

    Finally catching up on some posts. Lovely thoughts as always…nourishment is so important (especially as I’m healing some injuries right now, I can note this even more!) :)

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