But, how do we do this?
Consistent spiritual practice is one way we can learn the tools we need to slow down our busy lives and be reflective about the things that deeply matter to us.
For many spiritual practice involves mediation. For others it’s prayer, journal writing, yoga. Any mindful practice that allows us to slow down, observe our thoughts, and quiet the mental chatter is valuable.
It’s helpful to establish a daily routine or habit that incorporates aspects of these spiritual practices. I recommend that you establish a Spiritual Check-in, a time each day where you take on a quiet practice designed to quiet your thoughts and reconnect with your higher self.
Five Practices to Use For A Spiritual Check-in
1. Meditate. By this I mean sit quietly, breathe, notice your breath and let your thoughts come and go like clouds. Try this twice a day, for five minutes each time.
2. Journal. Using a prompt or contemplative questions like “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?” Or, “If it didn’t matter what people thought I would…” and get writing.
3. Give thanks. Make a gratitude list. Get specific and try to include new things each day.
4. Offer compassion. Be kind to yourself, or compassionate to another – even if she is difficult to deal with. This allows us to transcend our ego’s need to be right and helps us connect to the highest part of ourselves.
5. Experience life. Become mindful of your body and explore life through your senses. Buy some flowers and enjoy their scent. Look at them often and take in their vibrant colors. Listen to a piece of music without any other distractions. Immerse yourself in life and experience it through every sensation.
Integrate a few of these practices into your everyday life experience and couple them couple them with some physical movement and attention on your breath.
Stay curious and open to any insights that emerge.
What aspect of your life keeps gnawing at you? Ask your Higher Self to provide information that will guide you to meaning and wholeness.
Moments spent in quiet reflection, like those mentioned above, can illuminate the things that deeply matter to us. Then, we can begin moving toward them and moving closer to spirit.
Suggested Reading: The Power of Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette
Julie Rudiger, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the Denver area. She specializes in couples/relationship issues, and adult mental health