I’ve always been intrigued by the word soul.
In the 90s, I got into a group called Soul II Soul. Their hit Keep On Moving always called me on to the dance floor. More recently, I started tuning into Oprah’s show– Super Soul Sunday– setting the DVR to record weekly. And when it’s time to hit the spinning studio, I sign up for –of course–SoulCycle. I even tried a dance class called Shake Your Soul (read my review here!)
Back in the day, I can remember referring to something cool as that’s so soul.
I think I got it from my boyfriend who surfed, which by the way is a totally soul sport, according to him.
But what exactly does it mean — soul?
In her show, Oprah closes each segment with Soul to Soul, a quick-fire Q & A that asks about life’s big question– one of which is What is the soul? Answers range from Brené Brown’s The soul is the sacred space where my head and heart meet to Maya Angelou’s The soul is the spirit, it longs for all.
The soul is deep stuff.
A little mysterious.
In music, soul is a genre, rooting back to rhythm & blues and gospel.
In the late 60s, Aretha Franklin was behind the headline of Time Magazine’s, The Sound Of Soul.
So The Queen Of Soul is also The Sound Of Soul.
That’s a lot of soul.
To me, the soul is:
Pure feeling — without getting tangled up in emotion.
The voice of truth without any thought behind it.
The inner sense of purpose and knowing when you are in alignment with something greater.
When I’m connected to my soul I get goose bumps. I also notice a calmness and clarity within my self and my surroundings.
I think soul and essence go hand in hand.
Dancing always helps me tap into my soul.
So does yoga.
Playing with my kids (in total presence– without any preoccupations in the way) can do it too.
As so can writing.
For me, it has to be free expression — when doing doesn’t hinder being.
This song screams soul to me.
How do you tap into more soul?