The Soulwork Toolbox
The following are all of the Soulwork packaged tools available for you to navigate your crossroads and help you move forward along your way with clarity, direction and purpose. Check back often as the Toolbox will continue to evolved, refine and grow.
In order to move through the crossroads you are facing, you must first ask a question that while simple to ask, is often challenging, and always essential. Answering “why” is essential because having that answer clearly and passionately articulated will carry you through the difficult moments down the road. In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” Once you’ve established why, you’ll be able to better answer and endure almost any how.
The following exercises will help you get to the bottom of the question, “Why?”, so that you can get on the most accurate path as powerfully and purposefully as possible.
Life’s Crossroads, those moments, or periods in life when the status quo is disrupted, the comfort zones are challenged or the heart is shattered into a million pieces, is not without opportunity. After all, great art is hardly ever conceived of by people who are comfortable, satisfied, or coasting with ease along the long, flat highway of life. Life's Crossroads - the challenging transitions, difficult struggles, or devastating situations are exactly the moments when something magical is waiting to be born.
The following exercises are designed to help remind you that you are an artist. Life’s Crossroads is your art class. Your life is your canvas. And to get out there, unleash your spirit and transform your broken heart into a work of art.
Self-care is not the least bit selfish. Rather, self-care is literally self-centering, finding our center, our balance point, so we can then be present to help others along the way. Being selfish may carry a negative connotation, but being self-centered is the most loving gift you can give yourself and the people in your life.
The following exercises are intended to help you look inward to assess what care you need at this point in your life to become the highest and best version of yourself possible, and to find the strength to take what you need.
The Write Way
"Your life is a unique, profound story. It is yours and yours alone. And if you are still here, then you are still writing. So write it however you want it to unfold. You are the author. You hold the pen. You decide how it will end.” -Dr. Baruch HaLevi
The Write Way are numerous writing exercises and opportunities for you to clarify your thoughts, harness your energy and express your soul to help you more effectively navigate through the crossroads.
Our life is a journey with many twists and turns, mountains and valleys along the way. However, nothing in our life compares to the crossroads we must all encounter regarding death, particularly the death of a loved one. When a loved one dies, no matter who we are, how successful, educated or accomplished we might be - we are stopped dead in our tracks. Although there are a myriad of ways to begin to move forward, nothing is more important than clarity. The journey through death's darkness begins by getting clear, not about how to move through the darkness, rather, simply the clarity as to where to place our foot so we can take our first step.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM BARUCH'S BOOK, "SPARK SEEKERS: MOURNING WITH MEANING; LIVING WITH LIGHT", FOLLOWED BY AN EXERCISE TO HELP YOU THINK ABOUT AND ARTICULATE YOUR LOSS.
Your life is an unfolding path and your true work in this lifetime is to simply follow that path, moving ahead wherever it takes you, towards whatever your destiny is meant to be. Much of the time that path unfolds, carrying us straight ahead as we coast along, moving forward with grace, flow and ease. However, there are times, particularly when we come to one of life’s crossroads, or what I call one of Life’s Ts - Transitions, Tests, Trials, Traumas, or Tragedies - when the way forward is not so clear. The path we were just walking unexpectedly comes to a grinding halt. This is the crossroads and there is a way through it, not only surviving it, but thriving because of it.
The following exercise is designed to help you identify your crossroads, clarify it, understand it and harness it allowing you to move through it purposefully, passionately and powerfully.
When we arrive at one of life’s crossroads, it often feels as if we have arrived at a dead end. Literally, the road we have known and believed we would always follow is no more. In many ways, experiencing the end of the road is like experiencing the end of a life. We stop, we hurt, and we mourn. Yet deaths, losses or changes are always accompanied by new beginnings. Today, as you stand at your crossroad and the start of this program, take some time to reflect upon how you’ve come to arrive here. We do this not simply to understand the past, but to understand the present, and the opportunities for a new beginning. We look backwards to progress forwards clearly, consciously and effectively once again.
THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES ARE DESIGNED TO INSPIRE YOU TO SPEND SOME TIME UNDERSTANDING THE EVENTS THAT HAVE MADE UP YOUR LIFE’S STORY THUS FAR, SO THAT YOU CAN START JOURNEYING PAST THIS CROSSROAD WITH INTENTION AND CONFIDENCE.
When standing at a crossroads, the first step towards navigating our way through is acknowledging our truth. We can’t move forward appropriately unless we are honest about the challenge, or crossroads, we are currently facing. Think of it this way: we can’t return to our path unless we acknowledge that we have left it. The truth, no matter how difficult, will always set us free.
The following exercises are designed to help you identify and acknowledge the truths in your current challenges, in order to begin preparations for a more appropriate journey forward.
You are stronger than you think. But climbing in the dark is difficult for even the strongest person. We require clarity in order to see the next step, the next foothold, and to gain hold of it. You can navigate even the most horrible hell, but it only ever happens one step at a time.
The following exercises are designed to help you find clarity about where you want or need to step next, in order to start crafting a plan to get there.
We live in a society focused on perfection. But perhaps we would be better served if we adopted the word “wholeness,” rather than "perfection". Perfection is not that which is shiny, blemish-free or unbroken. Those are just outer trappings of perfection and ultimately only illusion. Wholeness is that which contains everything it is supposed to contain; that which is everything it was meant to become. The cracks, bruises and broken aspects aren’t a liability but an asset. To be whole, one must necessarily contain brokenness. When we acknowledge, accept and begin to embrace all that we experience, all that we face, and all that we are, we begin to feel a sense this wholeness within our lives. That is true perfection and worth striving for indeed.
The following exercises will provide opportunities to better understand where, how and why you might feel brokenhearted, and learn to approach life instead wholeheartedly.
Be kind to yourself. Whatever crossroad brought you to this program, you have made a big step by choosing to do something. Give yourself a pat on the back. Part of this process is learning to not beat ourselves up over every little thing along the way. Compassion for yourself is a necessity, and will help you find the ability to be more compassionate toward the world around you.
The following exercises will help call to attention the progress you have made thus far, and allow you to look Upon yourself and your challenges with compassion.
A term that has become fashionable over the past few years is “mindfulness practice." Mindfulness practice is simply a fancy way of saying “pay attention,” when so much of our life is on autopilot. Mindfulness practice is simply paying attention to whatever you are doing, wherever or whenever you are doing it. Paying attention and being present sounds simple, but it is one of the hardest things we will ever do. Yet if we do not pay attention to our life—if we are asleep at the wheel—we miss out on the greatest moments and opportunities.
The following exercises will help you to establish and maintain a mindfulness practice, so that you can better control your own thoughts which will ultimately help guide you to make positive life choices.
When we encounter one of life’s crossroads, we generally find its presence utterly foreign. This tends to lead us to either rack our brains for a similar past experience that we can draw direction from, or to try to run full-steam ahead through it, terrified that it will get in our way. Unfortunately we don’t usually approach it with calmness and clarity. Instinctively we react to it by looking forward or backward as we miss what is right in front of us: the present moment. The misfortune is that we miss out on available opportunities and resources to move forward.
The following exercises are intended to help you discover how to approach each day mindfully, and experience it from moment to moment.
It is with hearts wide open that we must approach this work. Doing so requires tremendous courage. In these moments it is often more natural to close in upon ourselves, displaying protection of the heart by literally hunching over, curling up into a ball, or crossing our arms. In order to open our hearts and be courageous, we must display vulnerability. When we uncross our arms or stand up straight, our hearts become open and unprotected, vulnerable to whatever may come. At first this may be terrifying, but it is the only way to move forward.
The following exercises are designed to inspire courage the courage to take up space as the individual we are, and the courage to tell our story, whatever it may be—and the vulnerability to allow it.
When we face a crossroads in life, it is easy to focus on what is lacking, rather than to be appreciative and thankful for the beauty and opportunity that surrounds us. Yet gratitude is an essential aspect of navigating through Life's Crossroads. It can be cultivated and must be demonstrated as a way to navigate with greater clarity, purpose and joy.
The following exercises will help you to develop greater gratitude for, and awareness of, the beauty and the opportunities that are available even when facing life’s crossroads.
Challenging, overwhelming or painful situations cause us to close off, shut down or constrict ourselves in numerous ways. Our bodies literally tense up; our breathing becomes more shallow; our blood vessels constrict and our vision becomes narrowed. Our body isn’t the only part of us to close up. Our emotions and spirit tend to follow suit. On every level our world becomes smaller, our lives become narrower and we become constricted. In the process, our energy diminishes and we are left feeling powerless. Although life’s crossroads often cause us to react in this way, we do have an alternative option. We can choose to open ourselves up to possibilities. When we begin to see the opportunities and possibilities in front of us, energy begins to flow, and we can become powerful once again.