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Laugh till you can hardly breathe (and other essentials for a soul food diet)

posted by Robert Moss

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What is it that nourishes the soul?
This is a marvelous question to ask any day, and in relation to any life choice. I have put the question to quite a few people. Here are some responses:
Puppy breath
swing dancing like my father taught me
beach time
no plans and a good book
trees
hugs
drinking the rain
the surprising intimacy that occurs between people when you risk stepping out of your comfort zone
Marines who despite their training, still cry
finding just the right present for someone you care about
noticing the first signs of spring before it’s obvious
feeling wonder in the eyes of a child
sea salt baths
the smell of earth when working in the garden
committing poetry
ten minutes of direct sunlight
journaling
being stretched beyond my previous limits
the smell of fresh-baked bread
sitting with a tree
swimming until I become a merman
making it up as I go along
writing one page I’ll dare to read to a friend
a sea breeze
a frendly black dog
a dream that wakes me up
a secret handshake from the universe
the taste of fresh raspberries
a happy dog
making love
chocolate and wine
the sound of the waves
cleaning out and organizing clutter
   
digging in the dirt
planting things
swinging in a swing or hammock
love
laughing till you can hardly breathe
Are you ready to play?
    What is it that nourishes YOUR soul?
    Quick – write your list. Don’t sweat this, but remember that your answers need to come from a deeper place than your left brain, and if they are truthful responses your heart and your gut will approve them. Feel free to share your thoughts on the Comments thread here.
Cosmic dancer by Nicola Daniels


  • Wendy Kisicki

    Robert, what a wonderful post
    Ok..here goes..
    A deeply moving piece of music
    A warm crackling fire
    Homemade soup with real bread and butter
    Snuggling in the big bed and read stories aloud to my kids
    Singing lullabies
    Viewing a powerful piece of art
    The smell of garlic and onions cooking in butter
    Slow sipping a glass of red wine while cooking dinner
    Long winding paths to hike and discover
    The feel and smell of the earth on my hands while in the garden
    Fireflies
    Hopscotch
    Dancing like a dervish
    Connecting heart to heart with beautiful Beings of Spirit

  • Nina

    good will to all in any circumstances

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Wendy – what a delicious list!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Nina – bless your generous heart

  • Savannah

    Random acts of kindness… puppy wags… silly word play… love… the glow of late afternoon sun… waking with laughter… hugs… conversations in tune… the blended scent of rose and orange diffusing… warm blankets on misty mornings… enchanted moments of the unexpected… love… discovering a new way after getting lost… making rainy day lemonade with a bubbly two-year old friend… double rainbows… love. Making lists of soul food.

  • http://sothismedias.com Justin Patrick Moore

    …late night basement jams, playing music with friends until the sun comes up for no ones pleasure but our own…
    long walks in the woods on trails I’ve never blazed before
    sunday brunch with my sweetie at our favorite cafe
    late night summer skinny dipping in a cold lake
    reading a magical story out loud to people I love
    making soup on a cold winter day, and eating it with crusty bread
    …helping my Dad rake leaves to get ready for a big family party, and inhaling their fresh yet earthy smell…
    making the perfect mix tape and sending it to a friend in the mail
    these are just a few of the things that make my soul sing

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Savannah – love is definitely the top choice, even above chocolate.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Justin – doing whatever we love for its own sake, until the sun comes up – that’s definitely on my list too.

  • Louisa

    Cats, Bach, Kurosawa, putting two and two together and finally getting four.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Louisa – Kurosawa is a new entry on the list. So is 2+2 (does it have to be 4?)

  • Louisa

    2 + 2 does not need to be 4, but it often is, and in those cases the light concussion that you give yourself by slapping your forehead and exclaiming “Eureka! It’s so simple!” feels exhilarating.

  • Jen-I

    The wind blowing through the cottonwood tree, the one that is no longer there, but stands tall in my mind.
    A deep draught of earthy dandelion tea.
    The soft coat of my yearling goat, warmth emanating into my fingers, quiet and calm too; holding me there for just another moment.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Jen-I – Ah, I think we’ve been waiting for the soft coat of the yearling goat. Yes, I feel another tree that is in my mind, though it may no longer stand where it spoke to me in childhood.

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