“The windows of my soul I throw wide open to the sun.” – John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet,Robert Burns.
Part of my daily activity is to feed my spirit. I have found that when I am able to know that my spiritual condition nourishes my soul, mind and being, I pause and take inventory of where I am spiritually. I usually find that there is a vacuum and action is required to repair what has been lost. We each will find ways to feed our spirit consistent with what we value. There is no right or wrong way!
One of, if not my primary goal as a Rabbi and Spiritual/Addiction Counselor is to help my clients heal that part of them that relies on others to feed their spirits and seeks the right way to do this. I work diligently to help them see that whatever path they choose for themselves is the right path for them, providing they are happy, joyous and free.
As an exercise to help me nourish my soul, I sit down monthly and identify 50 ways that I feed my spirit. The first time I did this I was not able to find 50 so I was grateful for what I could identify. As the months passed my list kept growing until I hit the magic number and beyond. Some of the ways that I feed my spirit include: prayer, gratitude, exercise, service to others, nature, deep breathing, eating well, giving and getting hugs, loving my pets, calling my children, acts of kindness, counseling people, writing these daily messages, reading your comments, taking naps, thinking positively, grieving loss, feeling my sadness and pain, telling the truth, calling people I care about, smiling at others, meeting new people and on and on.
You might want to take some time and see what it is that you do to feed your spirit. I would love to hear from you if you would like to share your experience with me. Your spirit needs to be nourished by you as no one else can fill my soul unless I first nourish it; for unless I do, it will not be open to your love.
My prayer for you today is that you will bless yourself by nourishing, feeding, caring for and loving your spirit so others may benefit from your radiance.
I am a modern and independent Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 24+ years of sobriety providing addiction counseling focusing on healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. If you, a family member or friend are in need of my services, please contact me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve.
Hugs and Blessings,
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