A Woman with Soul: Yasmin Ali
Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. I was at an intersection waiting on the lights to drive across a major highway. I was first in line but it was a two-lane street. I indicated that I was turning right and the car abreast and slightly behind on my left was supposed to go left or straight ahead. I love my car so very much and always feel a deep connection to it. The lights turned green and I put my foot to the pedal (imagine a new car with a good working engine), but as I entered to cross the highway, I saw out of the corner of my eye a truck out of control—not slowing down at the red lights. I felt everything go into slow motion, and my car went into reverse without me removing my foot from the pedal. The car that was abreast me came forward and was hit by the truck so badly it faced the opposite direction. I saw exactly how miracles happen that day.
Describe one of the most soul-opening moments of your life. I had just gotten my divorce and had to separate from my last son. Then my business, which was my divorce settlement, went under, leaving me in debt up to my eyeballs. I spent about six months at night asking God to show me himself, to show me my connection to all this, what I was supposed to do when I had nothing left. Then one day a friend walked into my apartment and handed me a book, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. I had nothing else to do, not even food in the house, so I sat down and read. By page eighteen of book one, my soul turned. I remember being folded into a ball on the floor and I cried like a baby. I realized that I have been a fool to absorb all the crap that society, parents, church and the world fed me about God. It resonated with my soul when I read that I am free to do as I please. I was born free and shall be free in all my life times. I am responsible for my actions and I must accept responsibility for my life. That day I became a different person. I became ME.
When do you feel your most soulful? These days I am soulful most times. I have made every effort to become aware of my surroundings and see it with not only my eyes. I see love in the slightest things like when my plant shoots me a flower—I may even kiss it as I pass by and say to it how lovely it is to me. When I see a child dancing naked in the rain or running on the beach, the feeling when I catch a fish or when my guy tells me I mean the world to him. All these things and more connect me to my soul and I truly feel that I make a connection to my source at moments like these.
What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? I still ask that question every day. I was with a good friend one day and I started crying during a conversation, saying that I feel so lost and without direction. He looked at me and with deep and sincere wisdom said to me, “You are in the right place now as it’s only now that you can get help, it’s now that it will come to help you find your way.” Then he added, “People don’t help people who are not lost.” I gathered that God or the Universe responds when we need help. To this day, I have no idea what my purpose is. Maybe there is no purpose at all, but I am happy discovering myself, my surroundings and the people around me. I find my life here AMAZING.
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