A common question that comes to all of us when we hear the call to begin or deepen our spiritual journey is “Where do I start?”
The “how” of it all seems to be one of the more anxiety-inducing parts of the whole process and, for many, can prove to be almost paralyzing in nature. Typically, the reasoning behind it is something that shows itself in many other aspects of your life: a fear of the unknown and discomfort with being a novice.
After many false starts and hiatuses over the years in my own journey, I have found that the secret to beginning and maintaining your growth is found entirely in the creation of a daily spiritual practice. Simply said, a daily spiritual practice is a routine of things that you do every day in service of your personal evolution. For maximum benefit, this routine should include something from each of these four categories:
1. Pick Your Practice
Feel free to add in whatever you feel called to, and if you need a little help with ideas, take a moment to choose from these:
- Meditate for 15-30 minutes
- Create movement by doing yoga postures or stretching for several minutes
- Say affirmations aloud
- Smudge yourself to clear your energy
- Pray or share thoughts with the divine
- Read a few pages from a book that feels nourishing to your spirit
- Utilize crystal energy by holding or meditating with a crystal of your choosing
- Perform freeform writing in a journal for 10 minutes
- Go outside and commune with nature
- Make a list of things you are grateful for
- Do self-prizing
- Do breathwork exercises for several minutes
To help keep me on track no matter my schedule, I have found it serving to develop two different versions of my daily practice. One that I can do in 15 minutes if I am crunched for time and a more luxurious version that lasts for 45 to 60 minutes on days that I am able.
2. Create the Space
If it feels comfortable to do so, add some design flair to it, such as the following items:
- Journals and spiritual books
- Photos that make you smile
- Sacred objects
- Comfortable pillows
- Meaningful family heirlooms and trinkets
- Your favorite affirmations written out
- Essential oils and other scents
3. CommitOnce you have created your routine and made the space to practice, it’s important to honor your heart’s desires by committing to your growth. Make an agreement with yourself to give this your personal best by writing out your intentions and saying them out loud. For example:
“I _______ plan to nourish my highest self by participating in this spiritual practice each morning. I will strive to do this a minimum of ____ times a week. I am enhancing and healing these areas of my life: ________. I honor the desires of my heart through consistency.”
When you have finished and if it feels comfortable for you, place this paper in a place you will see it often as a reminder of your vision for yourself.
5. Expand Your VisionOnce you get into a good groove with your practice, take some time to reflect on where you are and, if necessary, tweak your plan a bit. Self-evaluation is an incredibly helpful tool on your journey. A few self-inquiry questions can sound like:
- How do I feel mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally?
- What have I noticed about myself or my reactions to the world?
- What areas of my life do I feel in charge with?
- What parts of my daily practice do I really enjoy?
- What parts feel difficult?
- Am I keeping my word to myself?
Now more than ever, finding ways to cultivate peace and add more joy to your daily life is an essential part of our humanity. When you take the time to be still and silent, your heart expands and the world begins to open up to you in new ways. As your daily spiritual practice expands, you will see growth in areas of your life you never thought possible. You will effortlessly attract abundance in all forms, experience more depth in your relationships, feel a lightness of being, make better choices, and overall feel a more exuberant energy for yourself and your life. I hope for all of these things for you and so much more!
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