Muse on this a few moments. Where and what is your passion? In what are you engaged when you sense a quickening of your heart and soul? When do you feel most alive, most in touch with your own essence?
Each of us may have multiple replies. Perhaps your list is ever growing.
Scanning back over the years can yield important clues to opportunities for future inclusion, for ways to bring more passion into life.
As a child, what activities held your attention? You might recall such deep absorption that you were surprised by hearing, “It’s time for dinner!”
I remember experiencing this phenomenon when I was reading, writing stories, finger painting, choreographing little dances for myself, lying on my back in the grass while watching clouds, and being steeped in imaginative play. I enjoyed playing checkers, card games, jacks, jump rope, and hopscotch.
My sister and I nurtured our doll children in our play house (converted from a chicken coop by our father and uncle, bless them). We took our host of “little ones” for wagon rides near the woods and on picnics in the backyard. When they were sick we held them, murmured encouraging words, and gave them medicine.
Within these reflections, I can see some roots of what feeds my soul today: writing, spontaneous dance, meditating, making art, walking in woods and on beaches, and reading. I feel intensely plugged into the heart of life when I teach meditation to eager students, when I connect with individuals in therapy sessions, and when I place my hands in someone’s energy field.
At parties and other social gatherings, the one question I like to ask is, “What feeds your soul?”
SO - - what feeds YOUR soul?
~ Dena Ward Clayton