Growing up, so many of us become disconnected from our soul, our true self. We feel lost, as if something is missing; an inexplicable yearning.

Have you experienced this too?

Perhaps we end up in jobs that pay the bills but don’t nourish our soul, or we have a dream that we haven’t had the courage to act upon. We drown in our day-to-day obligations and lose sight of the wonder and joy that we at least had glimpses of when we were children. We lost our way.

Returning home to the soul – to the path you feel you are intended for in this lifetime – may be a long journey. It is rarely a shift that happens overnight. It’s an inner transformation that requires patience, surrender, mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, dedication — and that inner drive or resolve that compels you forward no matter how difficult times are.

In my experience, once that inner awakening or journey back to living from the soul has begun, it cannot be ignored.

I will share a few action steps I recommend for those looking for guidance on their journey back to their soul.

Create a morning ritual or morning practice. Instead of beginning the day in “automatic mode,” reacting to what others “throw at you,” so to speak, start by going within. Take care of your body, for example, by doing yoga and develop inner peace and stillness through a practice like meditation, or another awareness practice.

At the end of that morning ritual, take a moment to ask yourself: “What am I inspired to do today?”

Listen to your heart, body and soul. What do you need to do to feel centered, at peace, and inspired?

Usually, we have obligations and commitments, so get clear on what one or two things you absolutely need to do that day – and prioritize doing them as early in the day as possible. This way, your day will begin in a more intentional and peaceful way.

I also recommend finding and doing at least one thing each day that brings you joy. It could be something as simple as feeding some hungry birds, reading a passage from a book or spending some quality time with your pet.

Another thing I have found helpful is taking moments during the day where I just pause and become fully present — in the place I am in and in my body. I have found that being present in the body is an essential part of the journey home to your soul – to the feeling of being home.

I will end with a mini-meditation from one of my Sacred Spirit Journeys where my spirit guide is speaking:

“A simple way for you to connect with your soul in your daily life is to become present in your body. Not live in the future, in the past or in your mind, but by becoming fully present in the Now and in your body.

“Start your day by taking a little time — even if you only have 10 minutes — to simply be in your body, experiencing how you inhabit your body. Make sure that you don’t leave out any area of your body.

“Send a blessing and a thank you to your body for its support. Rest in gratitude and presence for a few moments. Notice the breath; how it goes in and out of your body by itself. All you need to do is to allow and not restrict it.

“Let go and feel the expansion take place inside.

“Your soul is that deep part of yourself that you touch when you become present and still. The part of you that makes you feel ‘home’ and at peace.

“Schedule time each day during the next week to do this practice, and see the difference it makes in your life. It is especially important if you feel stressed or out of balance.

“And a tip: Taking some deep breaths can vastly increase the benefits of this practice. Experiment and find what works best for you. Every day you will be one step closer to your soul. That is called living a soulful life. Blessings and peace.”

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