Basic nutrition for the body is taught in school—water, the four food groups and possibly the importance of vitamins and mineral supplements. Yet, the most important aspect of human nutrition is omitted—emotional and spiritual sustenance.
Soul food varies to some degree as some people need more of one thing and less of another or something all together different. One thing everyone needs is stillness. How much stillness, of course varies, not only from person to person, but, none-the-less at various times. Being out doors with nature is one of the most effective ways to meet your stillness needs.
In addition to stillness, people need to be near the four elements – Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Camping provides the perfect scenario to incorporate all four elements in one setting. My home in Phoenix, AZ is nestled two blocks from a trail head into the world’s largest municipal park, South Mountain – a majestic 7,000 areas stretching 17 miles west to east. I am on the east end. It has many interconnected hiking trails. No, camp fires allowed, however, earth and air are plentiful. The majestic saguaro cactus a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem, 18 to 24 inches in diameter, with white flowers often with several large branches (arms) curving upward in the most distinctive conformation jut into the sky are plentiful.
I have indoor water fountains and house plants that take in carbon monoxide and breathe out oxygen. The water fountains and house plants are joined by a large collection of rocks and sea shells from many parts of the world.
Few people take the time to study the impact nature has on the psyche and soul energy. Yet, if one cares to explore and follow these ancient beliefs, you will find that nature itself holds the key to inner knowledge of human nature, and the part humans play in the great Cosmic Plan.
The four elements help open up one to the beauty of life itself. What is it that you keep close to you that is one of the four elements? What opens you up to the beauty of life? What do you consider to be beautiful to remind you that life is truly beautiful to behold? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and whatever that is; it will nurture your soul. However, you need to make sure you are surrounded by the four elements at least once a month.
Some people carry a small stone in their pocket and periodically holding it to help ground and center oneself throughout the day. Each stone has specific metaphysical properties that soothe, enlightens or energize the psyche.
Remember to keep something close to you that you consider to be beautiful to remind you that life really is beautiful. It will nurture your soul.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis and Regression Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings. https://drdorothy.net