In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you, my thoughts on why should you have a daily spiritual practice and what is it? Let’s begin with the why. Below are the top 3 reasons why a daily spiritual practice is essential for a wholesome and fulfilling life.
- Spiritual being having human experience : We’ve all heard that famous quote – You’re not a human being having spiritual experience, but a spiritual being having a human experience. Nothing could be more true. We’re all creations and reflections of the Source. Each one of us has a little Source in us. It is essential to connect to this Source daily, even if it is for a short period of time. It is important to remind ourselves of our true nature.
- Be present : A spiritual practice is meant to bring and keep you in the present moment. Why is that a good thing? Because present moment is all that there is. The past and the future are in our minds. Time is a human construct. Past is really only our memories and future is our aspirations and expectations. Although memories and aspirations are an integral part of human existence, letting our mind and emotions get embroiled in them keeps us out of the present moment. The present is where creation occurs. That is the importance of being present.
- Me time : Having a daily spiritual practice affords you some time with yourself – with your Self. The only person you’re definitely spending our entire life with is you. And you are the only one whom you can change or work on. So it is very important to have a great relationship with yourself. As with any other relationship, unless you spend time regularly with the person, the relationship doesn’t strengthen and grow. Whether any other time of the day, you are able to schedule in a me-time, daily spiritual practice gives you this opportunity.
Of course, there are many more benefits of a spiritual practice however, this is a blog post so I am keeping it brief. Now let us talk about what is a spiritual practice?
When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Sitting cross-legged on the ground, eyes closed, trying to force the thoughts out of your mind? If so, you’re not alone. Most people think of this particular way of meditation as the only way of spiritual practice. Nothing could be farther from truth. Although this is one way of coming and staying in the present moment, it is certainly not the only way. In my opinion, any activity that brings and keeps you in the present moment is a spiritual practice. And so it is different for each one. For some it could be painting, others crocheting, still others walk along the beach and yet another, cycling. As with anything else, I would suggest you choose an activity and the time of the day that works for you. Pushing yourself to wake up at 4am to go for yoga may not work for you … and that’s okay. Respect your needs, respect your body and your mind. Ask them what feels good, what feels calming, what feels spiritually fulfilling. Go with it.
Happy daily spiritual practice.