How to Feel Your Soul in Life and at Work

How to Feel Your Soul in Life and at Work

Is it possible to feel your soul?

And what does feeling your soul mean anyway?

The soul of you travels with you no matter where you are.  Your highest self represents the cord of consciousness that connects you and the Divine.  And the soul of you expresses this connection.

Your soul shows up when you are living all the normal and basic segments of your life. You can be soulful everywhere you go.

You display the soul of you no matter who you are with.

And, yes, you able to feel your soul at work.

It is almost impossible for you to be in flow and have your soul not shine through. 

But your question may be how?

First, before we can answer this question, let’s define the path that you are on.

Knowing first the composition of your soul leads to understanding your soul’s expression. Before you can confidently know you can feel your soul, you have to first identify what it even is.

What is the Soul?

There are many definitions of soul.  And there are many reasons why this is.

More than religion and dogma, the idea of the soul represents an intangible experience that cannot be singularly defined.

For this reason, if asked, we each likely will give a different interpretation.

However, despite this, there are many that come together in like-mindedness.

Soul is the expression of our spiritual connection with life.  It is the experience of being, doing, receiving, or emoting while at the same time ascending to different levels of ecstatic joy.

Soulfulness, therefore, is to be full of soul and to allow the dams to break with the emotions that arise because of the experience.

It is a form of bliss and also a oneness with whatever form of the world with which you have connected to synergize your joy.

The power of tapping in with your soul is uniquely significant based on your interpretation and for this reason important. 

It transcends logic and practical understanding and instead connects with our higher level receiving of intuition, spiritual guidance, and exploration through emotion.

It is a Divine power and one that each of us possesses if we choose to honor the connection.

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

Democritus

Can You Exist Without Soul?

If you define the soul as your spirit, you may then state that it is impossible to live without your soul. 

For some, these terms are used interchangeably. 

In this definition, the soul becomes the spark of life that exists only when the breath of life is still in you.  When you lose your breath of life, your soul/spirit ceases to exist.

However, if soul and spirit are not intertwined in this way an alternative conclusion can evolve.

If spirit is itself the breath of life, then the soul is the joyous expression that exists because of it. 

In this case, spirit becomes the signal that ignites the soul to shine through the body. 

And the body is the vessel that acts as transmitter of the soul. 

In this alternate definition, you have a spirit that resides within the body and the soul that is the expression of this connection through emotion.  

This emotion is stimulated and called through by our observation and connection with our internal or external world, or both.

However, even though the soul connection is wholly present, it is possible for you to exist without the soul’s expression.

Many live their lives in absence of honoring this connection. 

You can willfully deny yourself the acknowledgment of this soul connection and therefore disallow its transmission through you.

It is also possible to break your soul connection with your highest self.  This occurs by becoming more attuned to the pain or mundane aspects of the world.

When you abandon your desire to feel your soul’s connection you can live in its absence.

But the question is whether this is a life well-lived.

To permit your soul’s expression you must be a willing participant.  Only in this way, can you feel the magnitude of the power of your soul’s full expression.

In your exploration of life and all that the world contains, you can find what ignites your soul.  But to reach your soul’s full expression, you may be led on a journey.

Until you find what sparks the soul connection for you, it may feel as if you are living in absence of your soul.

How Do You Feel Your Soul?

You can feel your soul in willing consciousness to absorb the potential of joy around you.  It can be as simple as exploring experiences that you like.

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

Napoleon Hill

There is a reason why there is soul food.  Or that you may say something touches your soul.  You can claim someone as your soulmate.  And feel a sense of belonging with others at the soul level.

It is the deep resonance with your internal knowing of self, the external stimulation of the world around, and a significant emotional connection that defines the feeling of soul.

The trail of positive experiences brings with it an understanding of what stimulates joy in you.  This definition of joy is unique to you as only you can fully experience the emotion that comes through you in life.

The soul expression is a deeper and more vibrant emotion than all others.

Here is where you feel transcended from the awareness of all aspects of life and become fully attentive to that which ignites your soul only.

The power of the connection with your spirit, your body, and your experience creates an ascended emotion that transcends joy or normal pleasure. 

It is in this a complete absence of the sensation of separation.  All things are one, spirit, soul, and life experience.  And the experienced emotion is what could be described as the highest good through this synergy.

Can You Feel Your Soul at Work?

The experiences that can cause you to personally transcend and your soul to come alive can happen anywhere including work.

It is also possible and acceptable to express yourself in a soulful manner in the workplace.

Don’t worry of conflict. 

You can experience your soul’s expression and simultaneously abide by any rules or expectations that your job may place upon you.

Your soul is a gift.  And when the interactions or content of your work invokes joy within your spirit, it can be a gift for many to share in.

You can find your soul at work when you are being creative.  It can be sparked through artwork, design, new ideas, and bold innovation.

You can discover your soul through other people, in meaningful and compassionate interactions, and even through share of your knowledge.

The soul can be ignited when you present, when you draw out emotions like excitement and motivation, or when you allow yourself to be the source of inspiration.

Your job can become a wonderful playground of different experiences that create a soulful exchange with others or soulful experiences for yourself.  

How Do I Ignite My Soul at Work?

Your job can be a great place to connect with your spirit and to call out new definition of soul expression for you.

In the very beginning when you are searching for a job, it is important to look for more than just a source of income.

What calls to you as the right place for you to be?  How are you inspired to think, create, share, or build? 

Who feels like family to you (if that is meaningful to you).  And who, at the same time, feels like a team of collaborators toward something greater together?

You can only know what job is right for you when you listen to how your spirit speaks to you through your soul.  Logic can only take you part of the way.

It takes time to learn how to listen to something more.

Any work environment can be your stage for soul connection and expression.

You may find new interests or experiences that bring out new emotions.  Or you may be able to deepen your interest and find new depths to your soul expression.

It is important to make your emotions as important as your other goals and objectives.

Be open to try new experiences, talk to new people, or even have different types of discussions than what you have had in the past.

Search for what is truly important to you.

You may not always be motivated by money or titles or travel.  And following the advice of others who do not share your motivations can inadvertently lead you away from your soul’s calling.

Follow your intuition and let your spirit be your guide. 

You will know that you are on the right path when your soul glows an unexplainable but good feeling upon you.   It is as if you just smile for no reason at all.   

You don’t have to find your soul at work but there is nothing that limits you from finding it there.

Can You Use Soul Language at Work?

The language of the soul is one that steadily becomes more familiar but not necessarily wholly accepted.

When you speak about your desire to feel at a soul level it can feel out of place in some work settings.

But take heed. When on your journey to learn your internal language with your spirit, it is not necessary to communicate it with others.

Your connection with your soul’s expression is one that is personal to you and only you.  While others can identify with the feeling, no one but you can sense your own emotions.

Because of this, it is important to be selective with whom you share your soul’s journey.

What you may elect to do instead is to be more transparent about how you feel.

Be open to say when you agree with a direction or a thought someone shares.  Be equally open to say when you disagree.

Honor your own opinions and be willing to respectfully disagree with others.  Or champion ideas that you love and support those that have them.

Practicing self-expression is one method to attune yourself to your internal voice.

Validating to yourself what you think and feel allows you to become more genuine when identifying your independent perspective.

When you master this understanding of yourself, it becomes easy to then follow the path of what truly makes you happy.

Speak authentically and by default you will be speaking your soul language.

Conclusion

Your soul is the means to express the connection that exists between your body and your spirit by way of emotion.

The soul of you represents the depth of you and acts as an indescribable knowing and resonance when you interconnect with the world around you and within you.

There is no limitation to what can stimulate the feeling of synchronicity and joyfulness that comes from the soul.  And it can exist anywhere including in your work.

Be authentic and willing to express yourself genuinely and fully.  Take on new experiences or find new ways to enjoy past experiences with new eyes and renewed interest. 

Explore your work environment with the expectation that your soul can be ignited by what you find around you. 

And feel comfort that your opportunity for soul connection is limitless at work and anywhere else your journey takes you.  

Do you know what makes your soul sing? Have you stumbled into a blissful moment? Do you have a soul connection with the work that you do? Share your story in the comments below and ignite the soul’s expression in someone else.

How to Be Social at Work

How to Be Social at Work

Being social at work can feel impossible when you are naturally an introverted person. 

It is even harder when the culture in many work environments is to highly praise, reward, and promote the most interactive and engaging people. 

If you are a quieter personality, does that mean that you are not a team player?  Or, if you are uncomfortable with conflict, does that mean that you can’t earn a promotion?

When making the choice of whether or not to be social the impact can be bigger than you. It plays a part on you and everyone you work with.

And once you are sold on trying, where do you begin?

The path to becoming more social starts with you.  You decide what’s right for you and what is purposeful.  Even if it is not comfortable.

Own where you are and decide where you would like to be.  And if your goal is to be social, or at least to attempt to be a little more sociable, you can.  And you will.

What Does It Feel Like to Be Social?

Being social is hard.  For those who don’t feel the struggle of connecting with people, it may not be easy to understand.

Somewhere inside it feels as if everything that you would do or say does not fit in the book of “how it should be done”.

Eye contact is wrong.  Words said are wrong.  The way you stand is wrong.  If you even think of a way to enter a conversation, you definitely are coming up with the wrong idea.

And when all you see is the wrong path, you cannot find a right one.

Also, let’s be clear. The idea of taking a leap of faith and just be more social sounds and feels terrible.

No one wants to feel as if others will judge them in their wrongness.  Or to wonder if someone really thinks they are weird behind the smile meant to mean that everything is okay.

Bottomline you can feel awkward when you try to be social. And when you try to fit in, the problem can feel like it can’t be fixed.

Where do you begin to be social? And should you even bother to try?

First, Is It Actually Important to Be Social?

The short and potentially unsatisfying answer is that it is up to you.  

While there are many points of view and study that indicate the benefits of socialization and being social, it is not a requirement of life.

However, there is evidence of how it may enhance life. 

Through interaction with others you can gain insight to yourself, an increased opportunity to learn new things, and access to resources and even affection. 

In absence of connection with others, the reverse can be true.  You can be disconnected from social norms, have reduced access to learn, and feel more isolated and lonely.

However, neither the presumed positives nor negatives are guaranteed and very much depend upon to what degree you are exposed to or restricted from others.   

So Why Do YOU Think Being Social is Important?

Being social is important if you deem it important to you.

If you are anti-social but at the same time looking for ways to be social, you likely are not completely happy with your current state.

When you are less social, it may be harder to interact with people at work. Being anti-social results in increased anxiety, having access to less information, or being less productive, for some people.

Many work environments lean on their employees communicating with each other as a form of on-the-job training, establishing communication systems, or increasing productivity and problem-solving.

Therefore, when you don’t talk or connect with others, your job may not get done to its full potential.

Another perspective is when you are not social, others do not know how to connect with you.

When others attempt to connect and you engage very minimally or inconsistently, co-workers may seek alternative sources when possible. 

Work can be demanding enough not to have to pull information from someone who would rather not speak.

Also, extroverted people tend to gain the favor of others more often that those who are introverted.

An outgoing personality can be deemed as charming, charismatic, or simply fun.

Alternatively, introverted people can inadvertently come off as standoffish, unapproachable, or unfriendly.  This image can give others the indication that your presence is more of a burden than an asset.

The problem with these misinterpretations is that they can lead to missed opportunities.

Introverted people at times can have fewer opportunities for promotions, special projects, or presented interface with higher-level leadership.

It’s just harder to sell the attributes of a person who is not willing to engage or show themselves.

For these reasons, it can be important to be social.  Even if acquiring the skill for use only on certain occasions, the dividends can be worth the struggle.

What Is Your Brand of Anti-Social?

Every person is not anti-social in the same way. 

Some people can talk up a storm with their family, but become quiet as a mouse at work.

Others can speak well in front of a crowd of strangers but clam up in a one-on-one conversation.

Still, others can feel physically ill at a networking event but can be comfortable in a meeting with a new client.

Being social can be no problem one day and become a crisis the next.

For this reason, it is important to know what exactly takes you out of your comfort zone when you attempt to be social.

Alternatively, knowing what puts you in your comfort zone is good.

You may be more comfortable with your team because you work with them often, are accustomed to their personalities, and feel that they know you well.

This can let you know that familiarity versus unfamiliarity is a place of comfort for you in social situations.

Also, when you script or plan things, particularly with work assignments, it may feel better to you.

For example, you may be fine to deliver a presentation because you have an outline readied and prepared in advance.

However, you may be highly uncomfortable if a higher-up walks to your desk for an impromptu status report on your project.

This lets you know that having more control and predictability can increase your comfort.

Knowing what situations trigger you to be more or less social can give you a blueprint of your path toward being more sociable.

How to Use Your Comfort Zones to Be More Social

Your comfort zones function as a solid base to attempt more exposure to being social. 

Rather than jumping into high anxiety situations to combat being anti-social, ease into new social situations.  This will be less anxiety-producing and likely more sustainable.

Here are a few softer approaches to give being social a real try:

Stay in your comfortable space, but try something new. 

If your office space is a safe haven for you, try to stay in it when handling a new social situation. 

For example, ask a co-worker that you need to speak with to visit your desk when free.  Or, attempt a Zoom meeting instead of a live face-to-face discussion.

Be open to starting conversations with new team members, if only to say your name and what you do within the department. 

If you are asked a question, instead of giving a short 3-word answer, be more detailed.  Or simply ask a follow-up question to ensure understanding. 

Either of these could lead to lengthening the interaction and sharpening your conversation skills at the same time.

Partner up with close colleagues when trying new things. 

You may already have a strong relationship with a co-worker or two in the office. 

If you need to hold a meeting with members of another department, have your friend stay in the room.  Even if they are just a silent partner, their presence may give you the confidence to facilitate the meeting well.  

Talk to your co-workers about their social anxieties and learn how they overcome them.  You may learn new methods you have not thought of before.  

Extend yourself to friends of your co-workers.  Tag along on your co-workers’ lunches, meetings, or other engagements with the intention of meeting new people and speaking with them. 

Having a partner to deflect to when you get increasingly anxious or run out of conversation can take the pressure off of handling these situations alone.

Do research in advance of new situations. 

Attending a business networking event? Know the guest list and then learn about your guests. 

What department or business are they in?  What new launches or projects might be happening in their area of expertise? 

What are the current events in their industry? 

Now that you are familiar, you will have a conversation starting point should you be approached or if you feel bold enough to approach them. 

This method is gold for those who rely on planning to gain comfort.  Study before engagement and feel prepared for the “being more social” test.

Be in the best mood possible before you engage 

Bad nerves are bad no matter what your status may be.  But they tend to be amplified if you are already in a bad mood. 

In advance of a pending tension-producing social situation try to relax yourself with good vibes. 

Eat food you enjoy. 

Listen to music that lifts you. 

Talk to friends and family not about your tension, but about the potential positive aspects of your pending event. 

Smile.

Focusing your attention on more positive things versus agonizing over your soon-to-come social interaction can take the sting out of the event. 

You also may loosen your posture, facial expression, and tone of voice through these exercises. 

This may lead you to appear less tense, more approachable, and even to look like a more social person than you really are.

A good mood can go a long way to creating a great social interaction.

Conclusion

Whether or not to be social is completely our own decision.  However, we have to acknowledge that it will impact how we are perceived in the world and certainly at work.

Being more outgoing does not guarantee you a better job or more money, but can have impact.  If others do not know you or find it hard to interact with you, it likely is also hard to determine your true value.

Challenge yourself to be social but don’t feel that you have to stretch way out of your comfort zone to do so.

Take small steps and lean on friends and co-workers if you need to.  Above all try to stay calm, be optimistic, and focus on what you would like to gain if successful.

Each of us possesses our own anxieties but also possesses our own gifts and attributes.  Learn to be comfortable to share yourself more and to be social.  As a result others will learn the real you.

You will gain more and suffer less in the long run and overall know that the challenge was worth it.

Do you have a social anxiety different than the ones reviewed in this post?  How do you deal with it?  Or do you deal with it at all?? Share your experience in the Comments below.

Looking for more ways to reduce anxiety and increase your balance in your workspace.  Read our posts on 3 Ways to Change Your Work Life for the Better NOW and How to Create Your At-Work Sanctuary.