On a Summer's Day I planted these colorful flowers and enjoyed their bright beauty up until the first frost.
Flowers nourish my Soul! So, I plant them to enjoy all Season long. A few pony packs of colorful blooms aren't expensive when I factor in the weeks of enjoyment they'll provide.
In Winter a store bought bouquet lifts my spirits when my gardens are dormant and snow covers the ground. These are just a couple of the simple things by which I nourish my Soul.
What nourishes your Soul?
Perhaps it's phoning a friend or sending them a hand written letter instead of an email. Or, taking a hot bubble bath at the end of a long day?
Maybe it's taking the time to fix yourself and those you live with something really yummy to eat, or stroking a beloved pet, savoring a piece of chocolate, taking a stroll on an Autumn day and crunching through fallen leaves...
Nourishing your Soul is easy, often free (or won't cost much), feeds you on more than one level and often involves one or more senses.
For example, the sight of a piece of deep, rich chocolate. Its scent, that first meltingly, luscious bite. That "ahhh" moment when your eyes close in mouth-watering bliss.
It seems that when we indulge in a bit of something nice for ourselves, our Soul is nourished as well.
In addition to indulging in a bit of something we enjoy we can also nourish our Souls as we act to do something nice for someone else. Charitable acts make both giver and receiver feel wonderful. Those small acts of kindness to a person or an animal pay big dividends in restoring more than ones own Soul.
In addition to personal and charitable niceties, there is also communion with something greater than ourselves. That sense of the Divine...God...however, you define that ineffable Mystery beyond all understanding.
Prayer. Meditation and contemplation. Reading scriptures, verses, poetry, art, music...any or all of these touch that deep, soulful place within.
From the simple to the sublime, there are many wonderful ways to nourish and restore our Souls!
On a cool Autumn afternoon I built a large fire in the back garden fire pit and basking in its warmth shucked the red corn I'd left to finish drying in the block barn.
I'm experimenting with this "corn meal", or dent corn, called "Bloody Butcher" to see if I like it. I didn't grow a lot of this old heirloom type, just enough for a batch or two of cornbread.
I'll have to buy fresh seed as it's been cross-pollinated by the (possibly genetically patented) field corn across the road.
The yellow kernels on the cob above show that cross-pollination has taken place. I'll have to order fresh seed for next Spring's planting if I grow this variety again.
Who's been munching on my drying corn???
Something has been munching on the cob in the photo above and several others! In fact, that "something" is big enough to push several cobs off the drying area onto the ground. As a result of the gnawings on my corn, I moved it into the house to finish drying.
What might the "gnawing-thingy" be?
Could the corn-culprit be this wee squirrely-thing I found in the hen house the other day?