Three things that soothe my soul.
MUSIC: Do you ever wonder why there is music playing everywhere? Everywhere we go: restaurants, malls, department stores, and the list goes on. Music is a source of rest and relaxation for me. I will listen to different types of music depending upon my mood. I like soft ambiance type music, slow and soothing, when I am stressed and need to cool off emotionally speaking. When I am sad I like to listen to upbeat Christian music that lifts me up and get my heart racing and my adrenaline pumping. When I feel lonely I like to listen to love songs about how much Christ loves me. And sometimes I like listening to romantic music about the love between a husband and wife. There is music for all ages, races, nationalities, and personalities. Music is a common ground that all people can appreciate sometime in their life.
MEDITATION: Many times I like to sit and let my mind wander. I often do this while taking a long drive out of town here in North Texas. I look out at the plains, the farm fields, the road ahead of me, and just think of nothing. I let thoughts float by and when one interesting thought comes my way I may ponder it for a while. If it is a problem I need to solve, I pray about it and ask God to show me how to fix it. Many times it is just a thought about a random subject that I begin to analyze or a topic that I try to outline or learn from. Sometimes I just sit there and listen to the birds sing, the wind blow or the soft music playing in the background of my mind. (I often seem to have some song in my head playing in the background of my thoughts). Meditation like this can be like dreaming while you are awake. I have read somewhere that dreaming is like organizing your experiences of life that day and filing your thoughts, memories, and emotional experiences in your mind.
The scripture above is a great example of how scripture can soothe the soul. We have every blessing available to us through Jesus Christ. If we search the scriptures we can find a multitude of blessings we can receive or have received from Him. The best way to keep this with us is to memorize scripture. We can say at any moment, wherever we are, that we are blessed by God. And this soothes my soul. Another good example is Psalms 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your [a]years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.