Spiritual Practice Is Not a Luxury

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “daily spiritual practice?”

Maybe you think of Trappist monks or Buddhist nuns in an ancient stone chapel, whose simple daily rhythms follow the bells or chimes that call them to meditation.

Perhaps what comes to mind is an eccentric friend, someone with an overabundance of dramatic “woo woo” behavior, like Frankie in the series Grace & Frankie.

Or it might even be an ideal version of you, where you begin each morning with an hour of meditation and yoga, greeting your day with a peaceful joy.

You probably don’t think of daily spiritual practice as something that’s achievable, or even desirable, in your own hectic life.

But it very much is. And these days it’s a necessity, not a luxury.

A daily spiritual practice means taking time, on a regular basis, to connect with the part of yourself that goes beyond your conscious mind and your physical body. It means attuning yourself to your inner wisdom.

Spiritual practice allows you to approach your life on purpose, rather than simply reacting to what’s going on around you.

It helps you step back from constant worry about the future and obsession over past mistakes, and just reside where you are, fully in the present moment.

In this time of upheaval, when so much negativity pervades public life, we all need to be grounded in greater awareness. Living in a constant state of reaction is stressful. It’s unproductive. It doesn’t allow you to express your unique gifts.

It holds you back from creating the positive change that you wish to see in the world, for yourself and your children and their children.

Having some kind of spiritual practice is essential. It doesn’t have anything to do with religion or beliefs. You can be an atheist or agnostic and benefit from the pause for reflection that spiritual practice brings.

We all need this sacred pause.

If you live a life where you’re constantly on the run – working long hours, raising children, caring for elderly parents – you might think of taking time for yourself as selfish or a pipe dream.

But when you’re under a lot of pressure, you need it even more.

By taking even ten minutes for yourself, to step aside from your routine, you’re filling your cup. Maybe just a few drops at first, but they add up.

As time passes and you continue to devote yourself to your practice, those drops will accumulate. You’ll be calmer, happier and more productive.

Soon the drops will become a trickle, then a stream, then eventually a beautiful flow.

You’ll discover that you have a wellspring of energy, creativity and wisdom hidden within your inner being.

It was there all along but maybe you never took time to listen, to experience it first-hand.

You are more than your thoughts, more than your deeds, more than your schedule. You are a powerful being. When you allow yourself regular time for reflection you’ll experience the power that comes from within.

Your entire experience will expand.

Daily spiritual practice doesn’t cost you anything but a few minutes of your precious time. The rewards are bountiful.

It’s not a luxury set aside for the rich or privileged. It’s not hard to learn. You don’t need a meditation room or yoga classes or special tools.

It’s ultimately a pause, a time when you bring your consciousness into the present moment and allow yourself to just BE.

For some people this means meditating or chanting; for others, writing in a journal or playing the guitar. Spiritual practice can easily be tailored to your needs and desires.

Ultimately daily spiritual practice is a gift that’s available to you anytime, anywhere – if you’ll but accept it.

Will you?

Nikki Starcat Shields is an author, writing coach and leader of transformational writing retreats. She's also a licensed Pagan priestess. She invites you to a process of unfolding creativity. The world needs your unique wisdom - now is the time to finally take your inspired book idea and bring it forth into the world. Learn more at NikkiStarcatShields.com.

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