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What Is This Soul Homework You Speak Of?

Over summer, my oldest daughter mentioned wanting to learn about manifesting one day. Perhaps she heard about it as a TikTok trend during the pandemic? Or maybe she talked about it with a college friend at a bar before this pandemic even began?

It was nothing deeper than that, lest you were under the impression that this soul homework began after I travelled to the desert and meditated on it for 48 hours in a yurt.

I called for a transformation, and the act of manifesting piqued my interest.

Why? Because my life had become full of negativity and pain.

I wasn’t on my antidepressant yet, I was still in full-fledged hot flashy, bloated-ass perimenopause, I was getting daily horrible headaches, and I was on a restrictive migraine-friendly diet, which meant I was bitchy because I was hungry.

And of course, there were the depressing daily current happenings in 2020.

I needed something. ANYTHING.

So off to Amazon I went. I typed in “manifest” and bought the first book that popped up.

Sarah Prout should thank Amazon for good search engine optimization.

This purple universe book led me to yet another book within its pages.

I jotted down the title of the next book, The Magic Path of Intuition, by Florence Scovel Shinn, and immediately placed a hold at my local library.

Florence’s book then directed me to another book, so I scribbled the next book down and reserved it at the library. I should point out that the next book was not Florence’s recommendation, but by the person who wrote the Foreword of her book.

It was this maze of books that were creating an experience that was extraordinary.

Each book introduced me to new and provocative ways of thinking. I wasn’t always following everything each book taught me, but I was learning new things and becoming a better version of myself. I was confronting fears, pushing myself, and facing my faults.

Before this soul homework, I assumed I was open-minded; I was not. This has enabled me to be more patient and recognize that we are all learning. Some of you may think this soul homework is a bunch of hippie nonsense.

And that’s okay!

I don’t need to persuade you to join me. I simply want to share this with others who may benefit from it as much as I have.

I have had several people message me asking how they could do this in their own lives, so I figured it would be easier to write a post about it.

White Spiral Notebook Beside Green Ceramic Mug
Courtesy/ Anna (via Pexels)

My soul had become so overwhelmed by the circumstances of the previous five years I had been in perimenopause. One morning, I coined the phrase “soul homework” to describe what I was doing each day. Lighting candles, turning on my salt lamp, listening to music, reading books, and taking notes are all part of my daily ritual. It was my soul’s spiritual homework.

I hope you enjoy this time as much as I do.


Soul homework step 1- be open

That’s it!

Simply be willing to try something new.

Soul homework step 2- get a notebook

Although this part of my soul homework is optional, it has become a part of my morning routine.

One of my friends told me about a therapist who talked about having a journal to “dump” (not write) all of her thoughts in each day. She called it her “withholding journal”, because a lot of what we withhold can manifest as pain.

This isn’t the kind of journaling where you’ll want to go back and read your thoughts. This is getting rid of your thoughts. 

Every day since November 1st, I have been recording thoughts from the past and present in my spiral notebook. Some days I have four pages worth, others I have none. Some days, I write in the morning. Other days, I write throughout the day.

It’s like going to the bathroom for your thoughts. You let go of the waste. Get rid of what you don’t need.

When you’ve finished emptying your thoughts, you choose how to handle the pages. You can either keep the notebook until it’s filled or you can rip each page out when you’re done.

There are no rules.

See? The best kind of homework.

Soul homework step 3- find “the” book

Your book can be any book you choose!

Choosing an area of your life where you want to make a change is a great place to start.

My only suggestion is to use your local library as much as possible. I have gotten most of my books from my local library and have saved a lot of money as a result. I also know that most libraries are not charging fees and are extending the renewal times for books because of the pandemic, so now is the ideal time to check out library books.

You can follow my recommendations here if you’d like to get yourself started. If you end up doing soul homework of your own, please come back and share your book suggestions and I will link to them on my page. I would love to start a soul homework book club if anyone is interested.

My soul homework station is the first thing you see when you come in the front door. (Book credit- The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson)

Soul homework step 4-find a space

I would recommend making a room in your home for soul homework time. If you create a space for yourself to complete this task, it will become a habit.

If you live in an apartment or a modest dwelling, I understand this isn’t workable. However, if you don’t share a bedroom with someone, that might be a perfect space. If you share your bedroom, use your side of the nightstand.

I am ballsy and use my entire living room.

This area is next to my desk, but I love I’m showing my family that caring for myself in this way is natural. Like, doesn’t everyone have a soul homework location in their home?


Soul homework step 5- find the time 

I’ve been working on my soul homework for four months now. I work on it for one hour every day, seven days a week. It is the one aspect of my day that I most look forward to. It’s like I am giving myself therapy each day; like yoga for my soul.

This is something I hope for all of you, which is why I am sharing it with you today. If I could bottle up how I am feeling right now and sell it, I wouldn’t. I would give it to you because I want everyone to feel this way. We’ve been feeling like shit for far too long.

Someone once said to me “must be nice to make time to do something like that” in reply to me making time for myself. I responded, “it is nice, thank you for noticing!”

Is it possible that your employment serves as your self-care? Perhaps binge watching Netflix for hours on end is your self-care? Maybe spending time on social media is a form of self-care for you? Or is shopping how you blow off some steam?

That is okay! Just own it.

And maybe don’t make others feel bad about how they make time for themselves. When I left Facebook in August, I wanted to do something else with the time I was scrolling my Facebook feed. I now use that time to do my soul homework.


Whether you do the soul homework is not my business. But I hope you can take a little time for yourself each day.

I know you see this mantra in your feeds, but I am going to say it here too; you are important. We’ve all been through a tough year. We all deserve to show ourselves love each day in whatever form that looks like that is appropriate for you.

22 thoughts on “What Is This Soul Homework You Speak Of?”

  1. I love your term “soul homework” and that you’ve taken over your living room whilst doing it. This is the soothing balm I need after this last rough year. I’ll be finding the time today to start my own soul homework practice, thank you very much. A great idea, me thinks.

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  2. Excellent post, Kari! Love the reminder to do soul homework, and to use the library. It IS nice to make time for yourself. Something more women need to give themselves permission to do, so they don’t feel the need to snark at others with a “must be nice!” As females, we are trained practically from birth to put others’ needs ahead of our own. I know I was. By the time in the day I felt I could take time for me, there was no energy left to do so. I wasn’t doing myself or my loved ones any favours by perpetually running on empty…but it took many years to realize this and a few more years to really put it into practice. I like the idea of the withholding journal – it reminds me of Morning Pages (from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way). Thank you!

    Deb

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    1. YES! To all of this.
      I will look up the Morning Pages! Thank you for the suggestion!

      That’s another thing I want to point out, I have found so many amazing books and therapists from bloggers, friends, Twitter and Instagram.

      I found you thanks to Ally sharing your post on Twitter! I am so thankful for that. ❤️

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  3. I think you’ve got soul, sister. So glad that you have found the time and made the time for yourself. So key. I’m often tied to my ‘list’ of stuff to get done, but ‘me time’ is not on the list. I do make time though for prayer, which gives me guidance. I also find it very healing.

    I do love my library, but I would love it more if they were forgiving fines at the moment. Not happening.

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    1. Prayer is meditation! So that is totally me time. 🙂

      I am about to call your library up and tell them a thing or two! LMAO. I think we talked about this before last year. I mean, who is returning books on time during a pandemic? 😉

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  4. It is so so so important for us to carve out time for ourselves each day– for any age and gender but it seems especially important for moms to do that as we are so bad at saying no to anything but ourselves.

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  5. Ah, someone mentioned Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. Definitely a classic! I’ve had that book on my shelves for years. Others I have read and recommend: Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle; A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson; and The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. One I haven’t read yet but I have: Journal to the Self: 22 Paths to Personal Growth by Kathleen Adams.

    xoxo

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  6. Kari you are a Treasure! Your description of finding your soul books? That is similar to how I found your blog (and some other wonderful blogs) the past year or two. Have you ever taken a trip just because? That was me – blog wandering blindly searching for something…. better, kinder, broader than the blogger I’d read for years. I randomly found you and a few others – wonderful writers who are kind enough to share their lives and thoughts and (equally delightful) to be kind & generous to the folks (like me) who pop in with comments.

    I’m eternally grateful I found you.

    Gonna try your soul searching book read and writing (dump that poo out!) exercise. The quote you posted the other day has been percolating inside me. Time to see what pours out.

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  7. I went through a similar time 14 years ago–it felt like everything was connected and one thing led to another and books were stepping stones on a path. I felt that my portal to some kind of power was the new book shelf at my library; it seemed to almost magically have the next thing I needed to read. I learned so much then that carries me today. I’m so glad you are finding what you need.

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    1. I love that you had a similar journey!
      I didn’t mention this in the post but I had fallen away from reading over the past five years. I had maybe read two or three books over the past five years and I had only been to my local library for the girls’ school projects or homeschooling. So this soul homework has reinstated my love for the library all over again.

      Now I am upset that I didn’t mention this in the post. I will add it to the book. 🙂

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  8. You’ve coined a beautiful phrase: Soul Homework. I like it. A lot.
    I love that you purge the bad shit out in the written word. Shit purging. Shitting out the negativity. So many phrases here that work.
    You’ve made such a turn-around in the short time I’ve known you, it’s inspiring to say the least.
    I tried my hand at journaling years ago, but I suck at it. I’m not consistent enough. (so I blog!)
    But this type of soul homework might just work for me. Again, not on a daily basis, but as needed perhaps?
    But, I’m a true believer in ‘me time’, self-care is doing what we NEED to do for ourselves. I had someone criticize me years ago with some sort of “oh, you have too much time on your hands” in regards to something fun I was working on for myself. BITCH, PLEASE.

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    1. Shit purging is SO good. Almost better than soul homework!
      I am not good at journaling either! This is why this kind of shit purging is so much better. I learned that thoughts are liars which is why this is so good. Getting rid of those liars. By the way, that show you recommended? In and Of Itself? It tied in PERFECTLY with the thoughts are liars mentality.

      As needed is perfect! Do it as you need it. Like I told Rita in the comments, in the five years I was in perimenopause I read maybe two or three books? So this has been an amazing journey if only to get me reading books again. If I stop tomorrow, I feel like it was enough. But I won’t stop because I love doing it so much. The day it feels like a chore, I will quit.

      BITCH PLEASE, will be my response from now on. YES!

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  9. Just a quick de-lurk to say thank you for the self-care encouragement and book recs. I’ve fallen out of my morning contemplation routine in recent months. A nourishing book may be just what I need to restart my routine. I’ve requested Ms Williamson’s book from our local library.

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  10. Well I have a space now, and nothing but time, and since starting to read this post I know know what manifesting even is…so I suppose I am running out of excuses!

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  11. No surprise, I am reading this post at a time when I need it the most, and am most open to digesting it. I’ve been thinking about this exact thing for a while now, and my whole mind mind, body, and spirit has been begging me to make the time to do it. I need to purge the thoughts, I need to read the books, and I need to give myself the hour. Thank you for writing this! And for being an amazing human being.

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    1. So I just wrote a post today about mental health and I am now understanding that not only did I need this soul homework for me, I also needed it for my girls. To help them with tough conversations and with life in general. I would have crumbled with these conversations before; old me wouldn’t have been able to deal, for one reason or another. Now I can because of all I have learned about myself. Who knew that you could gain this much insight from library books? Well, that and also being on a kickass antidepressant for the first time in my life. My own mental health was screaming for it for many years. It’s like I finally feel at home in my own body for the first time in my life. 😉

      PURGE THOSE THOUGHTS, Ani. I swear TG, I do this daily. If you read some of the shit I wrote in there, you would laugh at me. But it’s all good! Get that shit out of my brain.

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