Nov 02

Good for the Soul

On this All Souls Day I find myself reflecting on what’s good for my soul. All Souls is a solemn day set aside since the Middle Ages for beloveds who no longer laugh, cry, live. But it’s also an opportunity to examine how we care for our own souls.

Artists and theologians through the ages have tried to define the essence of soul. In Care of the Soul, psychotherapist Thomas Moore tells us it’s caring for everyday details that makes our soul feel welcome. “Tending the things around us and becoming sensitive to the importance of home, daily schedule, and maybe even the clothes we wear are ways of caring for the soul.”

For me I think it’s the thing that sends a satisfied thrill through me when it’s pleased. This morning, for example, I got a five star review on Amazon for one of my books. Definitely good for a writer’s soul, especially when it’s a book that’s a departure from what I normally write.

Soul can be fickle. Sometimes a great cup of coffee soothes my soul; other times it could care less about coffee, good or otherwise.

Talking to my grandsons on Skype is good for my soul, except when they insist on putting their noses right up to the camera and distorting their faces.

Hosting a successful dinner party is soul-pleasing, especially when it’s over!

Can you share what’s good for your soul? I’ll be interested in your comments.


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  1. Melissa Keir

    Reading a wonderful book, snuggling with my hubby, holding my fur baby, hearing from a reader that they loved my book… all are good for my soul!

    1. Anna Markland

      Snuggling is always good!

  2. Sandy

    I received a five start review on my blog tour, and it was very good for my soul. Smile!

    Congratulations on your 5 star at Amazon.

    1. Anna Markland

      congrats to you too. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it.

  3. Lana Williams

    Great post, Anna! So important to remember to enjoy things in life, isn’t it? For me, that’s chocolate, hugs, a good book, movie nights with the family – I could go on! I tweeted your post as well!

    1. Anna Markland

      Thanks for sharing Lana.

  4. Shereen Vedam

    Congratulations on the 5 Star, Anna, well deserved.

    For me, checking things off my to do list soothes my soul. 🙂 Which reminds me, have to scrub the microwave clean, cook dinner (making a steak with mushrooms), and brush the cat, not necessarily in that order.

    Happy All Souls Day!

    1. Anna Markland

      Thanks for sharing, Shereen. Caught the cat yet?

  5. Marianne Stephens

    Being with family and having all my grandsons sit still for one wonderful photo are things good for my soul!
    Congrats on a 5 star review!

  6. Anna Markland

    Sitting still is always a challenge for grandchildren! Thanks for sharing.

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