Every day at 150 PM, my Google Calendar pops up a reminder on my iPhone that reads:
Soul Hour! Unplug to plug in
What is “Soul Hour” you might ask?
Soul Hour is a time I dedicate to myself every day to indulge in something that nourishes my soul.
Unplug: From obligations and technology
Plug in: To my inner joy – and something bigger than myself
For me, this can be taking a long hot shower, hula-hooping in the backyard, free-writing in my journal, creating in the kitchen, reading a few chapters of an inspirational book, or giving my furry ladies (or man if he’s lucky) a nice long cuddle sesh.
In fact, as a life coach who focuses on balancing the mind, body, and soul, it’s so important for me to honor this time for myself, inspiring my clients and others by actually walking the walk and not just talking the talk.
Does this mean I always find it easy to pull away from the emails, calls, and constant mind chatter around all the other things I “should” be doing?
Nope…in fact, I embrace my imperfection and realize that some days soul “hour” becomes soul “minutes.” But I consistently honor that time – even if it’s just for 10 minutes – and make those moments the most delicious of my day.
So how can you incorporate soul hour into your day?
Simple – start by taking these 3 easy steps:
1. Create your JOY list
For example, a Sunday cuddle, a warm fire and a book you can’t put down, a kiss, a nice glass of red, a child’s pose. Whatever it is, see if you can connect to that ‘feel good feeling’.
As I’m inviting you to not only look at the list but to actually embody at least one thing on it during your soul hour, first create a master list of ALL the things that bring a smile to your face, then put a star by any of those things you can quickly tap into in the middle of your day for your go-to SOUL HOUR list.
If you get stuck, think of things you liked to do as a kid:
Were you a doodler? That artist is still in there, just waiting to come out and play.
Were you a dancer? Put on some music and MOVE that body!
You get the idea – have FUN with this!
2. Put it in your calendar
As business and life expert Marie Forleo says, “If it ain’t in your calendar, it ain’t real.”
So take a look at the shape of your life right now. Is Soul Hour realistic? If you can’t foresee yourself honoring that much time every day, better to start small. Even putting a calendar alert for “Soul MINUTE” is better than nothing.
The trick is to be CONSISTENT and set it up as a recurring event that pops up every single day…because your soul is worth that daily lovin’.
3. Tell a friend (or two, or three)
Accountability is a girl’s (and guy’s) best friend. When you tell someone(s), you get them curious, and all of a sudden you have them asking how your “soul hour” is going. It’s not as easy to flake out on your appointment with yourself when enquiring minds want to know.
Added bonus? You may even inspire them to create their own “soul hour.”
So pick up the phone, shoot an email, send a tweet, or update your Facebook – your soul will thank you for it!
Feeling inspired? Let me know in the comments below 3 things you’ll be adding to your daily “soul hour” joy list!