Soul

What is the soul? The soul is defined several different ways. But, ultimately it is a person’s total self, encompassing one’s spiritual, moral and emotional nature.

The power of your soul is the driving force behind your actions, whether good or bad. The purpose of the Soul segment is to provide a source of constant inspiration. Some inspirations include quotes, a spotlight on a positive person, activities that help to perpetuate a positive soul and of course music.

Being PHAcTive: The Growth of My Soul

I attribute the development of my growth to several factors. Since your soul is the very essence of you, I have to say that the following have been at the root of my development:

  • Strong sense of faith and optimism
  • Love of music
  • Helping others
  • Water
  • Constant prayers
  • Overwhelming sense of support from family and friends

Calming The Soul to Push The Body

There have been days that I felt overwhelmed. But, a gentle reminder, such as a song, scripture, a message, quote, phone call, text message, email, card or some form of inspiration, completely turned my day around. I quickly noticed a change in my perception. And, in turn my actions were redirected.

In addition, there have been countless times when I have been working out and felt as if I literally wanted to die. And, then I whispered something like

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

OR…

“That which doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.”

…and at that point, I pushed a little harder and made it through ALIVE.

Inspiring The Soul to Push The Body

The thought of a close friend or family member, hearing a person say keep it up, or an accountability partner saying push harder, you got this, hard work, etc… can be inspiring for The Soul. The feeling of a gentle breeze, or even looking towards the sun or realizing just how awesome nature is serves as the fuel for what I need to make it through.

When attempting any task that goes beyond your norm, some source of inspiration is vital to your success. Tap into your soul and you will find your sources too!

My Inspirations for The Soul

If you KNOW me, you know how much I love music and how much I am inspired by songs. I have a song for EVERYTHING!!! SO this blog is no different.

This morning’s source of inspiration is India.Arie’s most recent album, SongVersation. Below are four songs that bring to life my interpretation of the soul. I hope India.Arie’s words inspire you as much as they inspire me.

Break the Shell by India.Arie

No matter where you are on your journey, there is generally something within your soul that wants to go to the next level. Whether it be career wise, personal development, fitness, spiritual, etc…

The first step is making up your mind, deciding to do so. Break the shell so vividly promotes that sentiment. So decide what it is that you would like to accomplish and “Break the shell”.

Child it’s time to break the shell
Life’s gonna hurt but it’s meant to be felt
You cannot touch the sky from inside yourself
You cannot fly until you break the shell
……………………….
Do with these words what you will
It’s time for us to be for real
You’ll be stuck on the ground until
You finally break the shell – India.Arie

The Soul – SoulBird Rise by India.Arie

What is a SoulBird? Below India.Arie explains the meaning of the word SoulBird:

“You know A SoulBird by the INTENTION with which they live their life. We SoulBirds are always seeking to give life to our wings, and wings to our dreams, with the intention of making the world a better place, one person at a time … beginning with OURSELVES.

A SoulBird can be a thinker, a dreamer, a lover, an explorer, a healer, a warrior, a spiritualist, a scientist, a seeker, an adventurer, a teacher, an artist, a helper, a doctor, a mom or a dad. You see, the thing is, being a Soulbird is not about WHAT you do, but about WHY you do what you do.

Simply put, a SoulBird is a person living with the intentions of growing, rising up, and elevating. We do it because we know, like Ghandi said ‘we must be the change we wish to see in the world.’

LET’S SPREAD OUR WINGS AND ELEVATE! – India.Aire

Since the first time I heard the lyrics of SoulBird by India.Arie, I felt an automatic sense of empowerment. I played it repeatedly and even cried as I listened to the words.

This song speaks to the soul… my soul and purpose in life. Once you’ve broken your shell, it is then time for your SoulBird to rise. Whatever it is that you took the first step with, go beyond it and allow your SoulBird to rise!!

Inspiring Lyrics to SoulBird Rise by India.Arie

I believe in open doors
I’ve taken off the screen
I’m ready to let the world come inside
And touch my life

I will no longer be defined by
What someone else believes that I am
Now that I have dropped the weight
I am light as a feather
It’s time to elevate

SoulBird rise
Lift your eyes
Spread your wings
Prepare to fly
This is the moment
Of your life
Go ahead and fly

I believe in open doors
I’m outside of the box
What did not demolish me
Simply polished me
Now the clearer I can see

I know where I wanna go
I am living in the flow
And now that I have dropped the weight
I am light as a feather
It’s time to elevate

SoulBird rise
Lift your eyes
Spread your wings
And prepare to fly
This is the moment
Of your life
Go ahead and fly

I believe in open doors…

Inspiring The Soul with Praise

Thy Will Be Done

My dad lives by the words:

“If I can help someone along the way, then my living shall not be in vain.”

To me, Thy Will Be Done is a musical illustration of my dad’s words. I turn this song on and play it as loud as it can go and repeat it several times. It is my sincerest hope that His will is being done in EVERY breath that I breathe for the inspiration of the soul.

Inspiring Lyrics from Thy Will Be Done by India.Arie

Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Thy will be done,
Thy kingdom come.

Let my hands be used,
To build and not destroy.
Let my words speak truth,
To every girl and boy.
Make my feet to go,
Wherever there is need.
Let my light so glow,
That all may see you in me.

Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Thy will be done, lord
Thy kingdom come.

May I have clarity of mind,
That the righteous path has seen.
Let me see the God,
In every living thing.
Let me use my art,
For the healing of humanity.
Let me live my life,
That with every breath I breathe,
Thy will be done.

Fire burn,
Burn my pride.
Fire burn,
Blaze it!
Burn!
Burn my pride.
Burn

India.Arie

The Soul – One by India.Arie

I feel as if being in the area of special education and realizing that we are all created uniquely and for various purposes has allowed me to have a fairly open mind. The soul is further defined as the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever. In spite of one’s spiritual beliefs, if any at all, one’s soul guides all of our actions.

I have seen numerous inspirational quotes that are basically derived from Bible verses. The intent of these quotes and scriptures is to evoke positive feelings within the readers. This helps promote some type of positive action or change.

Face it, regardless of our beliefs; we look towards some feel good “thing” as a source of inspiration for The Soul. Ultimately, it’s our driving factor. Look beyond personal beliefs, be inspired, and function as “one”.

Inspiring Lyrics from One by India.Arie

Is there no God at all?
Or a pantheon of gods up in the sky
We can heal our broken hearts
If we give up the desire to be right.

We are a human kind of seven billion
So many different races and religions
And we all want the same things
Health, Love, Prosperity and Peace
Tolerance is the seed
And the gift of pure acceptance is the tree. – India.Arie

Music for the Mind, Body and The Soul

It’s hard to discount the interconnectedness of the mind, body and the soul. That’s because they all function as a team manifesting the totality of a person. The soul is to be “fed” and exercised, in addition to the body and mind. Hopefully, things that are positive vs. detrimental.

As you can tell, I absolutely love music; it fuels my mind body and soul. You may not be fueled by the same source, but I am sure that something fuels the totality of you and your soul as well. We were all created to be different and perform different tasks. Find whatever it is that feeds you soul and put it to use.

  • Tap into your soul… Be PHAcTive
    Be Positive and take Pride in all that you do!
    Be Healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually!
    Be Active and Adventurous!
    Be Totally committed to being the best you that you can be!