All of us have different spiritual beliefs, religions or traditions, but do you have your own spiritual practice? I’m not talking about going to church or having a ceremony or something with a group. I’m talking about your own personal practice. Do you do something every day to celebrate, connect and honor your beliefs?
I had a psychic reading this week that was, well, amazing! This was my 2ndreading with this woman and I’ve gotten some amazing guidance from her. I’m very into finding reputable, skilled psychics and healers who you can call on when you are feeling a little foggy on things. The right people can always provide clarity for me.
Her inspiring, insightful and oh-so-accurate reading was wonderful. She was talking about my guides and their messages for me. A few times she referred to them as my “team” and told me to call in my team and ask them for what I want. Holy smokes – if I’d known I have a team and they can help me with what I want, I would have started working with them years ago! Haha! Let me just get out my list!
On a more serious note though, she told me that I need to start a spiritual practice of my own. She said I should have a time and a location where I can go every day and practice my own ritual or routine. And really, I kind of love this idea.
Having a Routine
After my divorce 10 years ago, I had such a routine. I had felt really lost during the time of my marriage, because I was very controlled by my ex. So when I was finally free of that, I didn’t really know who I was or what I believed anymore. I felt drawn to connect to myself again and to connect with my beliefs in God and the Divine again, so I developed a ritual of my own. Each night I would go to bed about 1-2 hours early. I would put on some spa music and crawl into bed with my dogs.
The first thing I would do was journal. I didn’t have any particular format. I just wrote down whatever came to me when the pen hit the paper. But some of it was deep. Some of it definitely didn’t come from me. Many say writing is the easiest way to channel, and I think a lot of us do that without realizing it. I didn’t realize it until I went back and read some of my journal entries, in my handwriting, and realized I didn’t write them.
I mean I physically wrote them, but they were messages to me from the Divine. They were quite clearly a pep talk, or inspiring notes to me as I went through my divorce. I attribute my ability to bring this through very much to my zen spiritual routine at night and the fact that I had established a calm, peaceful space which I believe enabled me to channel these messages. Regardless though, journaling was a wonderful part of my spiritual practice at that time.
My Own Practice
After my journal entry at night, I would read for about 30-60 minutes. Usually nonfiction, always inspirational – and often spiritual. I have always been drawn to the spiritual, and there are so many amazing books out there to read. I read books by mediums, psychics, channelers, energy healers, people who have had near death experiences, and more. I’m pretty much always reading books on the spiritual topics. I have a very curious mind that way.
And I am almost always reading several books at once. I pick up whatever I’m drawn to in that moment, and I don’t put pressure on myself to finish a book either. I may get what I need out of the first part of it and be done. That has happened to me many times. So I always have bookmarks in many different books. Either that or I have a touch of ADD or something, which could also be true…. Regardless though, I think you have to read whatever draws you in on a given day. But that’s really true about life, isn’t it? You have to go towards what draws you – where your intuition leads you.
The final step in my spiritual practice back then was to meditate. Meditation can be really challenging sometimes with our chattering brains, but back then I was meditating at a crazy awesome level. My mind was crystal clear and I would see colors, feel great love, and get into a zone that I didn’t want to come out of. I could meditate for long periods. But I have never been able to meditate like that since then, as I stopped my routine years ago. I really hope to get back to that beautiful, intense, peaceful meditation again someday soon! I’m working on it!
Establishing a Practice that Works for You
So now, 10 years later, I need to develop a regular spiritual practice again. And well, now that I know I have a team working for me, I really do want to connect with them and put them to work! I need something that works for me and feels right for me at this point in my life, and also sets achievable goals. I don’t think my old routine is achievable for me right now. Especially working on so many things for my business, I feel rushed in the simple things I do before bed at this point. However, I’m willing to make the time.
I’d like to still involve journaling, as writing tends to be a way for me to connect with God and the Divine. Always has been. But I wanted to brainstorm a list of ideas here on things I could do to see what felt right, and to help you think about a routine for yourself as well:
- Journaling– just a great way to get your thoughts out, have a conversation with the Divine, or even have a ritual with it like noting positive things that happened that day or things you are grateful for.
- Reading– it can be a wonderful way to connect spiritually, or just to feel connected spiritually, to read books on the topic. Find books that resonate with you or make you feel curious. Or anything that celebrates your beliefs.
- Meditation– meditation is always awesome. It doesn’t have to be spiritual either, but I find it to be a rather spiritual thing to be connecting very purposefully with your soul for a bit. Just sit quietly. Observe your chattering mind, but don’t let it frustrate you. Try and use a mantra (a word) to say in your head, or even a point of focus (imagine a space or location, or just a single object to bring your focus back to) if you need to.
- Music– I find that music can really set the mood for anything. So find the right music to set the mood for your spiritual practice. Something that feels like it goes to the depths of your soul – or perhaps just something soft and lovely to fill the space that doesn’t interfere with what you are doing.
- Outside– some may find that being outside feels more spiritual or connected to them. If you are in a climate where you can be outside, perhaps just sitting outside and listening to the birds is your spiritual practice? Nature is amazing and that might just be enough for you.
- Prayer– if you are a believer in prayer, then praying to God or the Divine, or even to your “team” is a wonderful practice. I tend to say prayers throughout the day, but I like the idea of having a prayer ritual as part of a daily spiritual practice. Perhaps you have a prayer of thanks for all the good that has come to you, and a prayer for that which you wish to draw to you now?
- Crystals and Essential Oils– there are so many things you can set up around you or use as part of a spiritual practice. A few things I have and do use are crystals and essential oils. Both have a certain vibration or energy to them. I like to carefully chose the crystals on my nightstand, or that I hold when I meditate, for the energy they emit. I do the same with essential oils, choosing single oils or blends to use in a diffuser next to the bed.
- An Alter– some people like to create their own ‘alter’ in the space where they are doing their spiritual practice. You can place whatever you’d like on your alter. Whatever feels right and has significance to you. Be it spiritual statues, crystals, pictures, urns, candles, incense, etc. Whatever you’d like to have there to look at while you sit in your practice.
- Oracle Cards – I love oracle cards. There are so many decks out there you can buy, and even apps that have the whole deck there on your phone. You could make it part of your routine to pull a card when you do your spiritual practice, for a message that you need to hear, or something to meditate on or write about perhaps.
These are just a few ideas, but I’ve found in the past that a spiritual practice can be life changing, and I’m looking forward to starting one again. I have never been more grounded, intuitive, clear, calm, and stress-free than when I had a strong daily practice. I’m quite thrilled this psychic said I need one again, as I think it’s been the missing link for me for a while now. We just tend to get busy, tired, and distracted by life. But it’s time to take time (and make time) for ourselves. To fill ourselves up, and connect to our source and our higher self. Do it for yourself.
If you have other ideas for a spiritual practice, please share them in the comments below!
A book you might enjoy is – The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer
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