Daily spiritual practice is a necessity for many who choose a more spiritually-connected life.
For a set amount of time each day, spiritual seekers switch off and go within, dedicating the moment to their connection with the Divine.
This is precious time. Sometimes it is spent reflecting, manifesting, or expressing gratitude. And sometimes it is spent doing nothing at all but just being.
There are countless studies linking health and wellbeing to new-age practices such as meditation and yoga. And devotees themselves will wax lyrical about the benefits these practices have on their home and working lives.
“You know the drill, you’ve been showing up, doing the work and things are starting to feel great! Meanwhile, life gets hectic, and because you’re already feeling amazing from all the great work you’ve been doing, your spiritual practice is often the first to go.” – Vinyasa flow yoga teacher, Tiana Jones, writes in her post featured on DoYouYoga.Com.
This statement is spot on with regard to my own situation! When I’m highly charged with spiritual energy, a twenty minute meditation doesn’t seem so important when I have a pressing deadline and a screaming child to contend with.
The funny thing is though, when I’m exhibiting the effects of stress my family often ask me, “What’s wrong? Didn’t you meditate today?”, to which they are always right!
Fortunately there is a solution to the problem of being too busy for spiritual practice. And it has nothing to do with adjusting your schedule or adding something new to the day.
The most common forms of spiritual practice (prayer, meditation, gratitude, mindfulness, yoga, spiritual study) are popular for a reason – they are ancients practices that have proven to be successful in effecting a deeper spiritual connection.
But these are not the only options when as far as ‘getting in the zone’ is concerned. There is no rule book about what can be considered spiritual or not, because everything has a spiritual essence.
The key to elevating a physical act to become a spiritual act is in the intention behind the activity and one’s state of mind throughout.
Fundamentally, you need a spiritual intention, proper attention and lots of gratitude.
Sure, nothing beats a sixty minute combo session of yogic stretches, prayer and meditation. But on days where it may be impractical it’s good to know you still have opportunity to incorporate spiritual elements into your day’s schedule. As mentioned before, having a spiritual intention and frame of mind is the key.
Here are some suggested activities that lend more easily to spiritual practice than others:
An exercise where your mind is focused on a repetitive motion can allow your subconscious to drift off. You might find yourself in a similar state to the one you experience before nodding off to sleep – a delicious state which is ripe for receiving guidance, intuition or insight into self.
TIP: You can make the activity even more beneficial by incorporating an affirmation to the exercise.
Journalling can help you uncover your inner thoughts and hidden feelings. It is also a good tool for expressing gratitude, setting intentions and for reflection.
TIP: Try putting pen to paper without overthinking it. Allow your inner self to speak and let the words flow out of you.
Outwardly, creative visualization appears similar to meditation but that’s where the similarities end. Meditation is about allowing (being in the zen zone), whereas creative visualization is about manifesting. Creative visualization is very helpful for when you have a goal that you want to achieve.
TIP: The point of power is in having the feeling of achieving what it is you want. So don’t just picture what you want; instead you need to see it, feel it and hold focus on it.
Purposeful daydreaming is like creative visualization without a subject or outcome in mind. It’s a useful way to explore your hidden feelings about a matter, and very effective at uncovering solutions to problems.
TIP: Have a pen and paper on hand before you start purposeful daydreaming, otherwise you might have an amazing EUREKA! moment but forget it as soon as you move.
1. Set your intention before you start
2. Be mentally present and attentive for the duration of the activity
3. Express gratitude throughout the activity and after you have finished
So for example, if you wanted to transform your morning jog into spiritual practice:
1. You could state the intention “To notice the beauty in my surroundings during my daily run, and recognize the divine spark that is in all of us as God’s creations”.
2. While you jog, observe the sights, sounds and smells around you. Appreciate the beauty and the mere presence of what you observe.
3. Allow yourself to feel appreciation for what you are experiencing, and then express that in your mind.
And there you have it! What was once a mundane daily run, has now become a daily spiritual practice without adding a new activity to your day.
Don’t let time or circumstances put you off establishing a regular routine for connecting yourself with God. You can elevate standard physical activity into spiritual practice quite easily – all you need is a spiritual intention, spiritual attention and gratitude. Decide to approach tasks with spiritual reverence on a daily basis and you will strengthen your foundations for a more joyful life.
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