Soul Coaching: Day 9

The Soul Coaching process is organised around the 4 elements and spends a week in each. I've missed air but have come in at the start of water. I have a few ideas of how to best make time for air, especially as it concerns clutter in your home, mind and life, which is a big issue for me. The first day of water concerned identifying turning points in our lives. I've made a few notes, but will be exploring it further as it meshes in with some exploration I am doing in one of my art classes with the theme of mapping.

Today was about examining the meaning you give your life. Each day, the author, Denise Linn offers 3 levels of task for the day's theme, each tailored to different time commitments. My copy of the book only arrived today, so I wanted to read up to today's pages. I also wanted to do something for yesterday's task too. So for now, for both days I chose the level 1 task.

I was already in bed, slightly dreading tomorrow at work. I knew I needed a bath but also that I could get away with a quick wash in the morning. Then I read Denise Linn's suggestion to cleanse part of your home or body in a deliberate and ritualistic way. I decided to have that bath after all as a symbol of my commitment to living more deliberately. As I did so, I thought about the meaning of what I was doing and it's significance in the context of my life at this moment. Some surprising thoughts surfaced. I'm a little bit embarassed to share some of them, but in the interest of being truthful and possibly helping others through their Soul Coaching, here they are.

As I washed my hair...
I am washing away doubt and worry, keeping my mind open to this moment and all that it brings with it.

As I washed my face...
I am washing away deceit, leaving my face open for truth and openess, showing fear and sorrow, joy and love.

As I washed my body...
I am washing away everyday dirt and superficial worries, in gratitude to my body for its strength, health and readiness for everything I ask of it.

As I pumiced my feet...
I am scrubbing the miles from my feet, they are past. My feet will carry me through whatever is next.

As I shaved my legs...
I am preparing myself for the professional challenges I must face. I will be ready for them and greet them openly.

That last one made me laugh, and I hesitate to share it, but it is so significant, as the biggest challenge I face at the moment is a professional one. It is an exciting opportunity, but I have very mixed feelings about it, so this declaration of readiness is crucial.