As the New Year quickly approaches, it's customary for us to sit and reflect on our lives. Whether it's our friendship, romantic, or career goals, we tend to evaluate our progress over the past year. We do this because society dictates these to be the key ingredients to a happy and satisfying life. So, why are so many of us ticking all of these boxes and feeling no better? That, folks, is a symptom of soul sickness...
Digging into this phenomenon a little deeper, soul sickness describes a longing for more, a search for life's deeper meaning. While some of us feel more than fulfilled by the people and material possessions in our life, others continue to feel a sense of emptiness, no matter how 'perfect' they may be deemed. For these people, conversations will feel shallow, and they will feel alone even in a crowded room. If you fit this description, read on for some helpful solutions.
No matter how isolating soul sickness may feel, we're here to reassure you that you are not alone. As society continues to neglect the core principles of community, elders, shared values, commitments, and faith, people are lacking meaningful and purposeful experiences. This increases the number of lonely and fearful people. As great as material possessions may be, adding some more depth can help you to ensure the full life experience, eradicating any bout of soul sickness.
Drawing back to life's core principles throughout your daily routine is the ultimate cure to soul sickness. For example, making an effort to connect on a deeper level with like-minded individuals can help you to feel less alone. Appreciate your elders by talking with, and learning from, your grandparents. Incorporate faith into your life by adding meditation rituals and taking the time to acknowledge life's little miracles. Step away from the screens and spend some time outdoors, taking in the wonder that is Mother Earth. Keep a gratitude journal, noting down and appreciating the gifts you have been given. Set aside time to give back to your community in any way they may need or connect to your soul through creative hobbies. Find what works for you and get the most out of life.