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Our bodies tell us what we need – whether we’re hungry or thirsty, in pain, or just need to sleep. And as we listen, it thrives. But the soul also speaks. And we must learn to listen within.

Most of us are sensitive enough to pick up on our basic body cues. We can readily tell when we’re hungry or when aches and pains are persistent and need attention.

We need this basic human functioning in order to survive. Without any body awareness we would die due to self-neglect.

However, this awareness must go beyond our basic body cues and extend to our very souls.

Are we sensitive enough to know what our soul needs?

Unfortunately, this is an area many of us have neglected. We’re out of touch with the needs of our soul.

For instance, we work jobs that suffocate or stay in relationships that drain.

And this also plays out in more basic everyday issues.

Daily we take phone calls, show up to meetings, and attend various social gatherings without any consideration of what it does to our soul.

It’s an afterthought if considered at all.

But we can make wiser choices as we learn to listen within.

For example, if a meeting runs through lunch – we typically either bring food with us or we’re very intentional about eating afterwards. But we don’t neglect the body just because we had a meeting.

What do our souls need as we go about our daily agendas?

Soul care doesn’t require us to disregard other obligations. But it does call for enough awareness not to neglect our soul as we fulfill these obligations.

We need regular moments of beauty and rest and healing. But we must listen within to know what is needed and when.

Your soul is speaking. Learn to listen within.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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