Heart of the Soul

Heart of the Soul

Just One Thing

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi Chapman - MindsetSometimes, life can feel overwhelming. It can feel disheartening. It can feel like it’s all just too much to handle, to process, to sift through. Especially for sensitive souls – those of us who live our lives with our hearts wide open and with our emotions close to the surface.

I know. I really do.

I have been feeling this way in my own life, and I wanted to share something that has been helping me lately – just in case you’re feeling similarly.

I focus on just one thing.

And not just any one thing: one positive, uplifting, loving, empowering thing.

  • A hug.
  • A smile.
  • A loving email.
  • A kind word.
  • A feeling that feels amazing.
  • A thought that lifts me up.
  • A funny video that makes me laugh.
  • An inspirational quote that helps put it all into perspective.
  • A friend who loves me for me.
  • A cat who asks for snuggles.
  • A yummy meal.
  • A soft couch to cuddle up on.
  • A peaceful backyard where birds constantly sing.
  • A new moment.
  • A deep connection with my soul, my angels, my heart, my guides.

I focus on trust, faith, love, hope, positivity, happiness, joy, gratitude.

One at a time.

And I find that it’s not long before I am grounded again, whole again, breathing deeply again.

Not long at all.

It’s not long before love takes over and swirls around my body, soaking up anything that is keeping me from living my soul’s calling or keeping me from embracing a joy-filled life.

Not long at all.

It really works, and I would love for you to try it, too.

What one thing would you like to focus on – to give your energy to – right now in this exact moment?

Would you be willing to release whatever is depleting you and embrace what feeds you instead?

I sure hope so. It’s what I’m doing, and I would love for you to do the same.

Just one thing: one positive, uplifting, loving, empowering thing.

It all starts right now.

Hugs,

Jodi

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about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook     ♥   Free Ebook & Meditation     ♥   Soulful Life Sanctuary

In the Stillness (Free Printable Poster)

posted by Jodi Chapman

in the stillness copy

I created this printable poster as a loving reminder for each of us. It’s my hope that it helps us remember to slow down and give ourselves the beautiful gift of stillness and presence. You can click on it, save it, and print it out – I created it at high resolution for you.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook     ♥   Free Ebook & Meditation     ♥   Soulful Life Sanctuary

Lean Into It

posted by Jodi Chapman

the-momentI oftentimes feel that my life is a drag car race – where I’m going around and around and around at super fast speeds, and the only time I stop to recharge is when I absolutely have to – when I’m about to run out of gas or when my body simply can’t go any longer and needs to refuel – either by eating or sleeping. And even the pit stops are timed and stressful – hurried and frantic. All that matters is that I get back to the next part of the race in time. All that matters is that I win (whatever that means).

And while this is a bit of an exaggeration, there is more truth to it than I’d like to admit.

I’m realizing that I’m a pusher. By that I mean that I’ve always prided myself on how much I can push my body to the limit, how hard I can work, how few of breaks I need to take, how little sleep I can get by on, how long I can hold having to go to the bathroom simply to be “more productive.”

It’s true.

And all of this pushing and racing has been helpful, to a certain degree. I have achieved, and I have finished projects, and I have gotten a whole lot done.

But I’m realizing more and more that none of this pushing matters if I’m too overextended and overexerted and overwhelmed and overexhausted to care.

I’ve been trying something lately that feels a bit foreign but also feels pretty great.

Rather than pushing my way through life, I’m leaning into it. 

Somewhere along the way, I assumed that I needed to do everything myself in order to get it all done. And that’s just not true. In fact, I now see that I get so much more done if I lean into my life – if I allow others to support me. If I stop trying to control it all or push through it all. If I stop and give myself some extra love and have compassion for all that I’ve put myself through and have expected from myself over the years. If I am able to lean into these things rather than push through them, I find that my life is so much more enjoyable.

If my body is tired, I’m allow myself to sleep. (Even if that means that I will not be productive during that time and even if that means that I may need to push a project back a few hours. Even then.)

If I have to go to the bathroom, I get up and go. (Even if I’m right in the middle of a sentence and even if I’m worried that the sentence will leave me or the train of thought will be gone by the time I get back. Even then.)

If my stomach is growling because I haven’t eaten in several hours, I eat. (Even if that means that my to-do list will not get checked off as quickly as I had hoped.)

If my legs want to move, I go for a walk. If my mind wants to rest, I step away from the computer. If my heart needs some love, I go give my sweetie a hug.

I lean in. I become friends with my body, my heart, my mind, the universe, others, life, everything. 

And I remember that it’s not me against the world. We’re all in it together. I remember that life is not a race. It’s a peaceful, loving journey. And I’m exactly where I need to be. 

So, I’m taking myself out of the figurative race car, and I’m removing myself from the racetrack altogether and simply allowing myself to be. I’m leaning into life and allowing it to support me rather than trying to do it all on my own.

I’m allowing myself to slow down, relax, and stop. Lean in. 

And it feels amazing.

I would love for us to lean in together. 

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook     ♥   Free Ebook & Meditation     ♥   Soulful Life Sanctuary

You Already Know

posted by Jodi Chapman

Jodi  Chapman - SoulYes. It’s easy to look to another for the answers. It’s easy to look outside of yourself for the way forward. It’s easy to ask and plead and beg for someone to tell you what to do, or how to live, or where to go. It’s so easy to put all of your power in someone else’s hands – to turn your life over to them.

It’s so easy to assume that you don’t know what to do or how to move forward or where to go or what to feel.

It’s easy to assume that the gurus must know it better than you. It’s easy to believe that they have studied such and such for many years and they have taught it for eons and eons and they have lived it for longer than you can even imagine.

So it’s easy to turn to them and ask them to guide you and lead you on your path. It’s easy to think that they will know exactly what to do with your life and your heart.

It’s easy. And it makes sense.

But here’s the thing: no one – absolutely no one – knows your soul better than you do. No one – absolutely no one – can listen to your soul the way you can. No one – absolutely no one – can feel its presence and hear its whispers better than you. And no one – absolutely no one – can know what you know. 

I’m talking about the deep knowing – the inner wisdom that we all have about ourselves. I’m talking about the seat of the soul kind of knowing – the grounded in all that is kind of truth that resides within each and every one of us.

While a spiritual teacher can help you uncover what’s piled on top of your innate wisdom, you have to be the one to hear it. While a guru can offer tips on how you can create a beautifully rich and spiritual life, their words won’t mean anything unless you take action and create your own practice that feels right within your soul. While everyone that you come across can offer advice as to how you should go about living your life, you are the only one who has direct access to your soul. You are the only one who can go within and pull out the answers that are exactly right for you. You are the only one who is one with your soul. Just you. 

So yes, it’s easy to look outside of ourselves for the answers. And yes, it’s easy to try to glean these answers from others rather than having to quiet ourselves and be still and take the time to go within and hear our own wisdom.

But once you get into the practice of it, I think you’ll find that it’s pretty easy to listen to your own voice, too. And not only is it easy, it’s empowering and freeing and life embracing and love inducing and everything that you could ever hope it would be. Because you are getting to the heart of you. And that’s such a special space to go to. We all have access to this space, and we can all benefit so much from spending time there.

The answers have always been inside of you. And so rather than looking outward, I would love for each of us to spend some time today (and beyond) looking inward instead. Asking our soul what it wants us to know, and then paying attention to its whispers. I promise it will be worthwhile. Our souls are so wise. We are so wise.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

Website   ♥   Facebook     ♥   Free Ebook & Meditation     ♥   Soulful Life Sanctuary

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