Here are my Top 10 Spiritual Practices:
- Be Still. Take a few minutes for yourself before your day starts. Listen to that still, small voice within. Sit quietly with your eyes closed or stare off into the stillness of nature. The time you take for noticing allows your soul to whisper to you.
- Offer Gratitude. Breathe deeply and contemplate all the fabulousness in your life. Journal or contemplate as many things you can think of you are thankful for. Offer deep and profound gratitude to God for all of it. Offer thanks for your expanding bank accounts (whether they are OR not in the present moment growing), family, friends, health, and more! Thanks to a couple of my own coaches, every morning I say to myself, “I LOVE my LIFE, and I wonder how much better this can get?” Gratitude sets the stage for an amazing DAY!
- Observe Mental Chatter. As you are still, mind chatter may begin to take over. Humans have an average of 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. According to some researchers, as many as ninety-eight percent of these thoughts are exactly the same ones as the day before. Even more significant, eighty percent of our thoughts are negative, which is particularly draining to our energy. Begin to pay attention to your thoughts. Once you notice negative thoughts running in the background, you can CHOOSE to change them. First, you must start with awareness.
- Practice Mindfulness. Begin to focus intently on the present moment during various activities like eating, walking, working, talking, yoga, or purposeful breathing. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is in front of you without judging it. Whatever you are doing, bring in all five senses into focus. Viola! You’re MINDFUL! Being mindful alone allows you to develop emotional intelligence (EQ) which is imperative (and proven) to enhance your professional success. EQ is being aware of, controlling, and expressing your emotions while handling interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EQ is another way of looking at spiritual growth. As you understand yourself better, tune into your emotions and recognize the emotions and needs of others.
- Pray. Praying is talking or writing to or asking of God (or your higher power) for anything! Request your needs and desires—whatever you want to create in your life. You can even set intentions for your life. Ask for help with your health and finances for you or others. The Bible verses say, “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2-3) and, “Ask, and it shall be given” (Matthew 7:7).
- Meditate—Contemplative. Contemplative Meditation is one form of meditation that I practice almost every day. Prayer for me is when I am doing all the talking to God. Meditating is when I get quiet enough to hear what God is saying to me. It’s a focused intent concentrated on an object worthy of consideration, in our case, powerful words. Pick any word — Love, Abundance, Health, Purpose, Jesus, God, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Wealth, or your choice. Focus only on that word for a few minutes. Feel it. See it. Hear it. Taste it. Luke 17:21 says, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
I invite you to go within. As your mind wanders to your To Do list, gently and lovingly bring your mind back to the word at hand. No judgment. There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. No effort is required or needed. It’s actually best to let go of any expectations of how the meditation will be.
- Meditate—Create Your Life. This is a second meditation that I also do first thing in the morning before I even get out of bed or check emails. It’s a guided meditation by Dr. Joe Dispenza designed to help create a new vision of your future and goals. He will help you take possibilities from the Quantum field and turn them into real life experiences. You will notice changes in your mental and physical health, including lower stress levels, healthier immune system, increased memory, concentration, and energy. Living in the present moment will also help your self-esteem and improve your overall mood.
- Let’s Get Physical—Take a walk, yoga, or ride a bike—anything to get your body moving. You may have heard the saying, “What we don’t use, we lose.” So true. Being responsible for the beautiful masterpiece that is your body is an honor, not drudgery. Bonus points if you walk outside in nature (think sandy beach, park trails, or mountains)! Nature absorbs emotions. So, if you’re feeling overloaded emotionally, make sure to take a walk outdoors, even for fifteen minutes.
- Find Your Happy. Seems like such a silly overused word, doesn’t it? Happy. We hear it all the time. What does that word mean to you and why on earth would you want to be happy? For me, happy means being content no matter what. HAPPY is a CHOICE. It’s a practice because it’s a CHOICE, a DECISION on your part.
I’m happy because I’m content with who I am, knowing that at any time I can go within and connect with God and feel incredible bliss. It doesn’t matter what’s happening around me. There is no drama in my life because I CHOOSE to not let it in. No longer do I look to the outside world to “make me happy.” That contentment comes from inside and oozes out. On most days, my energy is through the roof with happiness. I’m happy just BEING. Finding YOUR own happy means going within and choosing to be HAPPY.
- Follow Your Joy. After you choose to be drama-free and happy, you can follow your joy! It’s a beautiful word. JOY. A sister word of sorts to happy. But joy goes deep within the heart and bubbles up to the surface. Joy is my new guidepost. If ever I’m questioning whether I should do something or not, I ask myself if the experience would bring me joy. I sit with the question in my heart for about a minute, wondering how it would really make me feel. If it brings me joy, usually, I follow that string.
Now, please don’t take this the wrong way. You don’t follow every whim and knock over people to get to your own JOY (even when chocolate is involved)! That is NOT what I’m saying. Instead, I’m asking you to dig deep. Let your heart open wide and follow your heart to unspeakable joy and happiness. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Be the best you. It’s time for you to be GREAT by being happy and following your joy as you surrender to divine timing.
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