No, I’m not talking about ham hocks and collard greens. I’m speaking more of experiences that are soul food and how we can access the memories of these experiences to help alleviate stress and keep us in a joyful state.
I had one such experience today when I set off on a snowy adventure with my friend, Stacey, and her 3-year-old son, Jasper. We headed out this morning in the midst of a snowstorm with the hopes of going ice skating nearby. The rink was closed, but we had some decadent hot chocolate and continued on without an agenda. We were only two blocks from the New York City’s High Line so we went up there and found ourselves blissfully alone surrounded by the freshly fallen snow and looking out over the city and the Hudson River. We had a snowball fight, made snow angels and Jasper munched on the clean (?) snow. I felt like a kid again and, like kids always are, I was completely in the moment – no stress, no worries, no regrets or guilt that I should be doing something else more “important”. Because what’s more important than feeding our souls?
When I got home, I made a mental note to put this new, fresh wonderful memory into my memory bank to draw from when I notice tension in my body or stress creeping in. It will exist alongside memories such as sitting at my friend, Mary’s kitchen table having tea, a vacation with my kids at the lake, reading in a hammock and other special moments that have happened in my life. Simple, free, priceless moments. I will close my eyes, summon up one of these memories, feed my soul and feel my stress melt away. What memories are in your bank?