For years I have had a daily spiritual practice, although I never recognized it as such until recently. I used to think that a daily practice needed to involve sitting in meditation for “x” amount of time and more specifically, that it HAD to be first thing in the morning. Again and again I would resolve to get up an extra half-hour early and hit the cushion as it were, and I would, sometimes making it there daily for weeks at a time, but inevitably something would get in the way and I would stop. Each failed attempt would result in weeks of berating myself and beating myself over the head with negative thoughts and affirmations… basically undoing any benefits that I had managed to gain from those times that I did make it to my cushion. Sigh.
Today I approach my daily practice much differently. I acknowledge that it is an extension of me – a living, breathing, flowing “thing”. Instead of making rules for it, and trying to force myself to operate within the confines of those rules, I allow myself the freedom to re-create it daily. As such, it changes frequently, with each different manifestation delivering exactly the medicine that I need in that moment.
Looking back, it has always been there in all of its forms… through journalling, sitting quietly in contemplation, moving intuitively on my yoga mat, formal prayer, ceremony, ritual, spiritual readings, and yes, sitting on my meditation cushion (whenever it calls me there). It’s ALL part of my daily practice.
For the past few months, my daily practice has started each morning in my living room. Drinking my coffee, watching and listening to the birds, doing my daily readings and writing in my journal. The journalling practice is continuously changing and my practice right now is particularly fun so I wanted to share it with you (just in case you are feeling stuck). It looks like this:
- Write down a minimum of three things I am grateful for (they have to be different each day)
- 24 hours of magic: write down all of the magical/synchronistic things that showed up in the past 24 hours
- Set an intention for the day (for example, today’s intention is to “Follow the JOY”)
- Pick a cool word for the day and use it often (today’s word is sagacity)
- Write down one random act of kindness or act of service that I gave or received in the past 24 hours
GRATITUDE – MAGIC – INTENTION – WORD – KINDNESS
I challenge you to step into a daily practice. One that feels delicious. One that you can’t wait to do each day. Good chance you’ve already got one going and don’t even know it