Inspiration to make your soul shine!
This month I came across so many offerings that encourage soul shine! Is it just me or is our soul the new target consumer? From meeting the founders of Soul.Camp and SoulLoveFest to numerous conversation about and with fans of the ubiquitous SoulCycle, it seemed to me that there is increased attention to and more products and services to care for our soul.
What really excites me was learning about Soul Pancake from founder Rainn Wilson (yes, the actor from The Office) who spoke at the Inc. Magazine GrowCo conference which I attended. He shared why he created this media company to tell stories that matter. Check it out. They are interested in asking life’s big questions and addressing profound topics in super cool and entertaining ways. There’s something for everyone. Here’s one of my favorites (Beware: Their YouTube channel is a bit of a rabbit hole in that each video draws you in and makes you want to watch another and another! Enjoy! It’s worth being drawn in.)
My other favorite soul connection is Michael Franti’s Soul Rocker 2016 tour. He’ll be in Chicago June 28! Watch his video “Why I make music.” I resonated with his definition of a soul rocker: a person who lives from the heart, has compassion for all, with a TENACIOUS enthusiasm for music, for life, and for the planet. You know who you are… See you there.
SoulShine is also the name of Michael Franti’s retreat center in Bali. However you do it, just do it! When your soul shines, you feel it. Having a shining soul is a way of living, rather than an outfit you can put on and take off. Who comes to mind when you think of a soul shining? Hang out with them a little more, observe their habits and ask them good questions.
What does soul shine mean?
The Allman Brothers sang about it in 1994:
When you can’t find the light,
That guides you on the cloudy days,
When the stars ain’t shinin’ bright,
You feel like you’ve lost you’re way,
When those candle lights of home,
Burn so very far away,
Well you got to let your soul shine,
It’s better than sunshine,
It’s better than moonshine,
Damn sure better than rain.
Hey now people don’t mind,
We all get this way sometime,
Got to let your soul shine, shine till the break of day.
I grew up thinkin’ that I had it made,
Gonna make it on my own.
Life can take the strongest man,
Make him feel so alone.
Now and then I feel a cold wind,
Blowin’ through my achin’ bones,
I think back to what my daddy said,
He said “Boy, in the darkness before the dawn:”
Sometimes a man can feel this emptiness,
Like a woman has robbed him of his very soul.
A woman too, God knows, she can feel like this.
And when your world seems cold, you got to let your spirit take control.
Let your SOUL shine!! #illuminedlife
With love, all ways,