How Effective Is Your Spiritual Practice?
Our spiritual practice is not just the time we spend in a specifically focused state of awareness – it’s how we live our life. It’s the thoughts we think, the words we say, the deeds we do.
Our spiritual practice certainly consists of those specific moments in which we pause to remind ourselves that we are light, when we are embraced in a whole that includes All-There-Is, but our spiritual practice is most evident in how we conduct ourselves.
Our spiritual life is reflected in the degree of our self-love
You can’t understand how to give and receive love until you love yourself. Sometimes we don’t do that enough, or very well, or at all. We focus on what’s not working, what we seem to lack, how we come up short when comparing ourselves with others.
Begin to expand your spiritual practice by giving yourself unconditional love. And by accepting it because you are worthy and deserving of it. Notice the degree to which you approve of yourself, appreciate yourself, and believe in yourself. In your spiritual practice take steps to release your limiting beliefs.
Look and offer gratitude for what you offer the world. We each made an agreement to come into the world to learn a certain lesson and to offer a certain gift. Focus some of your introspective time on contemplating how you feel about what you bring to the world, how that changes lives and contributes to the well-being of all.
Begin your spiritual practice with unconditional self-love and gratitude for the gift that you are to our world.
Our spiritual life is reflected in our choices
Our “spiritual” choices can range from how well we care for or don’t care for our body suit to what we do to our emotional body through fear and worry and allowing ourselves to feel a loss of power in the midst of chaos.
Use your spiritual time to meditate on upcoming possibilities. Try them on for size – how they feel, what it would be like to accomplish that particular undertaking, how it would feel to know that person better, to make that change happen.
Use your spiritual time to explore your emotional body and how it feels about the choices you’re making.
Our spiritual life is reflected in our behavior in the world
I spend time in my spiritual practice sending light to the world, the planet, endangered species, the environment, people who are in fear, people who are in hate. Use a healthy portion of your quiet time to send unconditional love to yourself and to our world. It will be felt. It will be effective.
Trust that as you raise your own vibration to be more aware of your light-ness, others will recognize that same light in themselves.
Our spiritual practice asks us to immerse ourselves in one-ness
We have to feel our one-ness – with everything. We have to feel our connectedness – with everything. When you understand that there’s only one energy, and that it includes each of us, you begin to understand how a tug here will affect a place over there and you begin to pay more attention to how steadily you are standing in your own light.
Whether you’re standing under a tree, walking in the woods, or sitting in your favorite meditation chair, the objective of your inward quiet time is to leave behind the confines and restrictions of your bodysuit and experience yourself free floating in the Emptiness That Holds Everything. Lose your connection with your humanness, lose your identity of self, and experience your authentic identity as One In Source.
Then take that feeling of inner connection out into your world.
Life is an illusion and a dream. Go exploring
Some 95% of our existence is unknown. We live in only a teeny 5% of what’s possible. Think about that!
Another purpose of our spiritual practice is to explore those invisible realms. To move beyond the beliefs and limitations and narrow view of being human and move into the light of our Oneness. The wholeness and freedom of one light. Feel it. Know it. Accept it.
Be mindful of your spiritual connection and expression throughout your day. Develop a conscious spiritual practice and bring that awareness and those feelings back into your restricted body-suit life. During your interactive hours, keep bringing forth the feeling of oneness you experienced in your meditative spiritual practice.
Because everything is one, there is no “other”
I can do a pretty good job of feeling that the animals and plants and the elements of nature are all one light energy with me. I have a harder time in some one-to-one encounters with fellow humans who have an opposing viewpoint. I come closer to shifting that when I realize that we are a fellow species on the planet and our well-being is interconnected. It helps me look for common ground and see us both as illumined light beings.
Can you offer unconditional love?
I can’t yet. I’m still working on accepting unconditional love directed by me to me. That’s sort of Unconditional Love 101.
But I want to help the earth. I want to help us through this chaotic change. So I do it energetically.
In my spiritual practice and in moments of mindfulness, I send the wholeness of our one light out into the world as a reminder to all who see it and feel it that we are all one.
We are all interconnected. We are all responsible for each other. We are each of us responsible for the well-being of our entire world!
You. Me. Us. We are responsible. We must be the change. We must be unconditional love radiating out to everyone and everything.
We can do that.
Up-level your spiritual practice
Realize that your spiritual practice is not just body-suit time spent in meditation, contemplation, ritual, ceremony, etc., it’s how those specific practices translate into our daily thoughts and choices.
If your spiritual life is well focused, so is your life. Look no further than yourself for the “how” to make the corrections. It all begins inside – with you – and your innate wholeness.
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