The day that I consciously and verbally remember beginning my spiritual journey was on my 10th birthday. Check that story here.
I ask you…Do you have a spiritual practice? You may respond with – what exactly do I mean by this?
Answer: They are the actions and activities taken on a regular basis for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development.
OK, but isn’t that why people go to church or temple?
Maybe, if you hear a line or a whole sermon that resonates with you and privately take it in relection through the days or weeks ahead.
A spiritual practice needs to be personal to grow in consciousness.
To me, going to church or temple regularly is more of a community activity and study groups tend to be on more of an intellectual level. All wonderful and good, but not exactly what I’m speaking of here.
A spiritual practice takes actions on your part.
Turning to the ancient mystics may be one of several ways to go when deepening a spiritual practice, after all their words have been around for centuries. I also would include yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, dance, gardening or any other type of movement that allows you to focus going within. It’s needs to be a practice without the distraction, so that any self-conscious feelings are eliminated. There is meditation and chanting as well.
I find a varied practice of different ways to move as well as being still helps me to explore my thoughts. There are so many roads to take and possibilities to help you grow your spiritual journey.
If you haven’t read Rumi, I invite you to give it a try. (Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.) Many of his poems, even just a line from a poem, can be contemplated for days, weeks, or even months. Try one of these quotes or another one of your choosing and sit in silence with it or move slowly to it daily for a few days or a week. A few minutes each day works just fine. Read the poem, say a line then quietly soak it in. Maybe journal (no editing) what ever comes up. You may be surprised at what you write.
Some quotes by Rumi:
1. “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
2. “Let’s only say what are heart desires.”
3. “The gates made of light swing open. You see in.”
4. Use the quote in the photo.
This is one of my favorite Rumi poems
This we have now
This we have now
is not imagination.
This is not grief or joy.
Not a judging state, or an elation, or sadness.Those come and go.
This is the presence that doesn’t.
From Essential Rumi
No matter what actions and activities you decide to try, it’s important to remember that growing a spiritual practice requires the presence of your thoughts and your words. When we disconnect from our higher-self, we lose our ability to be present and often end up saying or doing things that hurt others as well as ourselves. The more you can be present in a situation and be true to yourself, the more we grow spiritually. After all, aren’t we here in this Earth School to learn and grow? So I ask again…Do you have a spiritual practice?