Is your soul free?
Listen. Do you know what your soul sounds like it’s free?
The poet Anne Sexton listened to her soul. She listened so hard she won a Pulitzer prize. She also had severe mental illness. Yet, even she said, “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”
If your soul is not happy, it will tell you.
Living in a state of dis-ease internally is uncomfortable and noisy. A few symptoms include restless, sleepless nights, headaches, stomach aches and anxiety. Your mind may whirl with racy thoughts. Or, you may keep the TV turned up loud to drown out the inner noise.
How to get out of this place may be a mystery to some. Others may know what to do, but refuse.
Remaining in a state of unrest is common because it is comfortable, familiar and, in some sort of illusionary way, safe. It actually isn’t safe because peace is absent which can cause stress, outbursts of anger and acts of self-destruction. Yet you, like so many other people, remain.
Your soul calls out – cries out actually – for some relief. “I don’t know how to get there,” you respond.
Finding the Light within is another way of answering the call to be authentically you. Discovering what the soul is speaking requires journeying into a place of self-discovery.
• Apologize for ignoring you
If you have lived your life doing what others expected or demanded, the voice of your soul may not surface upon request. This is an internal, intangible consequence of ignoring yourself – a form of self-destructive behavior. External consequences might include being overweight or having bags under the eyes. By taking a moment to apologize to self, you are acknowledging your existence on earth. You are acknowledging to yourself that you matter to you. May sound silly, but if you don’t know you matter to yourself, will anyone else think you matter?
Learning to listen to the sounds of the soul is possible. Being able to hear what is spoken internally helps you discover who you are. Being able to know who you are and what is important to you is a gift. It is the first step in finding out what makes you who you are. This is the first step in discovering self-worth.
Listening to your soul is an activity you can practice any time day or night. By traveling inward, you are acknowledging your presence. You are saying to yourself, “What do I really have to say about _______?” The answers may jump out or hesitate to surface, but the more you practice, the easier it will occur.
Apologizing for wrong behavior is not something many people want to do. Maybe it is because they are not in the habit of apologizing to themselves when they make a mistake – as humans tend to do. So, make a decision to do something different for you.
Find yourself through apologizing, listening and practicing hearing the real you. Then, when you listen real hard, you will have the freedom to make choices that honor your true self.