I was in the pub and the comment from a friend took me aback. He’d read some of my articles when he suddenly asked me whether all my ‘soul-searching’ was tiring.
I noticed a flurry of thoughts. What did he mean? Was it a criticism? Am I a naval gazer? The thoughts came with accompanying feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. Luckily I knew not to pay too much attention to the first reaction.
Once my feelings and thoughts had settled I reflected on the comment – do I spend time ‘soul-searching?’
From a clear head and calm heart the answer was unequivocal. The truth is that I’ve never been happier or more settled. I love my life. My contemplation on our spiritual nature (through writing and audios) is nourishing. I’ve never been so in tune with my internal space of wellbeing, peace and clarity.
For me soul-searching is endlessly looking – it has negative connotations. It’s rooted in discontent and the endless itch of wanting something other than you’ve got.
There was a time when I got lost in heavy thoughts. For many years, as a restless seeker, I battled with limiting beliefs and questioned myself. That is what I would call soul-searching.
Nowadays I see myself more as a soul-surfer than soul-searcher. I harness the power of the soul. Like a surfer on the wave there’s real exhilaration at being in touch with the immense power and momentum of something greater than me.
“If you go outward, it is an endless journey. If you turn inward, it is just one moment.”
Are you a soul-searcher or a soul surfer?
About Liz Scott & Stuart Newberry
Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are Coaching Skills trainers and 3P practitioners. They help develop coaching cultures within schools and organisations. Liz & Stu use their understanding of the 3Ps within their training and are experiencing great successes and results in the organisations they are working in. Download an Introduction to the Three Principles here.
Want to de-stress in just 28 days? Recharge on the Run is a FREE audio series (delivered to your inbox daily) that will help you discover your inner peace of mind. Find out more about Liz & Stu at Liz Scott Coaching and Training