Keeping your soul healthy


We’ve been sharing ideas for ”healthy living’ for the past couple of months and a lot of the focus centres around healthy food and diet.

This is great, but it’s only one part of the jigsaw for a holistic approach to healthy living.

We need to remember our body, mind AND spirit.

So today, I present you with my ‘checking in bowl’.

Quite simply, it’s a wooden bowl I keep on my desk which is filled with small pieces of paper.

On each piece of paper is written a short statement or question for me to think about.

Every time I’m feeling out of balance – perhaps stressed, irritable or feeling like I have too much to get through, I take a deep breath, focus my attention and pull the first piece of paper I’m drawn to from the bowl.

Then I read it; usually with a smile on my face because it’s amazing how I get exactly the right question or piece of insight I need in the moment.

The most important part then follows: to answer the question, or think about the insight then TAKE ACTION.

How many of us read reams of information, filling our minds with knowledge but never actually act on it, THEN wonder why we don’t feel any better?!

Some of the things written are:



And that’s it – that’s all there is to it. No sitting at the feet of a guru for 25 years, no studying late at night when you should be sleeping, no needing to take an afternoon off to gain insight – all you need to do is set up your bowl with insightful questions, recognise when you’re not feeling at your best and tune in.

Oh, then you need to take action of course 😉

What about you – what simple tips do you have to keep your soul happy and your life in healthy balance?

I want to give full credit for this idea to Beth Dargis from My Simpler Life. I used to subscribe to her newsletter and her idea for a ‘checking in bowl’ really spoke to me.


  1. Lucy on April 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

    This is so synchronous with what I’m up to at Dreaming Aloud the the mo. totally agree with you ” and then you need to take action of course” i’m great at mental yoga, mental meditation and mental healthy eating!!

    we have a good discussion going on on the topic of weight and holistic health

  2. Mrs Green on April 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    @Lucy: Hi Lucy, lovely to see your comment and so interesting that it resonates with where you are at right now. I find that in life – people on a certain ‘journey’ seem to somehow face similar issues at similar times. There’s comfort in that because we can find support from one another 🙂

  3. MummyWhisperer on January 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This is a great idea, have you written them all down? Let me know if you do and I’ll tweet them out xx