My friend and fellow Positively Positive contributor Michael Eisen recently said: “Feed your soul, it’s starving.” This stark statement woke me up to the reality that so many of us are extremely disconnected from our souls.

I believe our soul is the truthful place within us that is all knowing, loving, and fully faithful. Through my spiritual practice, I have learned how to tap into the inner voice of my soul and let it be my guide. When I’m led by my soul voice, I am faithful, kind, and patient. But when I’m disconnected from my soul voice, I am fearful, mistrusting, and controlling. It’s much more fun to lead from my soul, which sounds obvious, but, of course, it’s not always simple! However, I’ve committed to keep the connection alive through a daily practice of feeding my soul.

If you feel disconnected from your soul voice, now is the time to reconnect. Here are my three must-do tips for feeding your soul.

Engage in Silent Contemplation

The key exercise for feeding your soul is to have a dedicated practice of silent contemplation. It is in stillness that we can access the voice of our truth. When we’re running around trying to make things happen, trying to control outcomes or manipulate our life, we block that voice from coming through. But when we sit in stillness, we awaken the connection. I suggest you begin a daily meditation practice. Sit in stillness and silently say, “I welcome the voice of my soul to come forward.” Then sit for five minutes and listen. If you feel you need additional guidance, visit my website for free guided meditations.

Practice Non-Judgment

When we judge others or ourselves, we immediately disconnect from that loving presence within. Judgment is a sure sign we’re leading from our head and not from our heart. One day this week, practice non-judgment toward everyone, including yourself. This practice will help you feel more connected to love and clear more space for your soul to come forward.

Be Honest with Yourself and the World

Remember, your soul is your truth. The best way to access your truth isn’t difficult or tricky: Just be truthful. Start to get honest about how you feel, what you need, and what you want. Be unapologetic about your truth. Speak it loud and clear and trust that all the world wants from you is your authenticity. Your truth will set you free and connect you to the world.

Take these three steps into your life and trust that you’ll feel more connected, inspired, and empowered. We’re all starving for more authenticity and love—start feeding your soul.

Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Gabrielle is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the book May Cause Miracles—A 40-day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. Her earlier titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life—A Hip Guide to Happiness—and Spirit Junkie—A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles (published by Random House). Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site for women to inspire, empower, and connect.

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