If you can implement only ONE of these spiritual practices, I recommend you begin with either of the meditation practices mentioned above. And, here’s why: Meditation blows away everything else that I’ve ever tried to truly change my life.
I would say affirmations. Make goals. Set intentions. Pray. And, still, I couldn’t change important areas of my life. I seemingly always failed, feeling worse about myself than before I made changes. The triggers of daily life sent me in a frenzy. Until I started to meditate.
Meditation cuts through to the patterns that are already programmed in your subconscious. Those old programs are running the show in your life. You may be “trying” to change on the surface, but the computer software really running the show, your subconscious, isn’t going to have it!
Almost immediately, when I began to meditate, I could feel a difference. This simple practice reprogramed me to live from my soul’s purpose instead of what the world says I “should” do. When you meditate, every cell in your body fills with more energy, which results in joy, peace, and enthusiasm. Old programs that are running the background get disabled, so you can meet your goals, eat healthily, and—most importantly—live life in the present rather than in reaction mode from your past.
The great news about meditation is that the results are cumulative. As you embrace the practice, the benefits accumulate, like when you exercise. When I began meditating, I felt an all-around peace. My thoughts were clearer; my energy was focused. Life had an easier ebb and flow. Messages were crystal clear. I began to sense, see, and hear angels. The more I surrendered my agenda, my expectations, and my ego, God was able to speak to me powerfully—I was able to hear the messages.
Studies show over and over how meditating strengthens the immune system; improves your relationships; increases serotonin production; improves concentration; encourages a healthy lifestyle; shrinks problems and brings to mind solutions,; reduces stress, depression, and anxiety; adds clarity and peace of mind; lowers blood pressure; decreases tension in the body; and increases the energy level.
Embarking on this sort of practice might feel daunting. Let me take the scariness out of it for you by providing a simple guide to starting. Meditation means to engage in contemplation, usually with a focused mental intent or a single point of reference. According to Psychology Today, “Meditation can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment.”
When I first began meditating, I used a guided meditation which helped me relax while staying focused (Youtube or Headspace App). As my skill increased, I was able to take a few deep breathes before dropping into the space of openness in almost an instant.
When I’m seeking guidance on important issues in my life, prayer and meditation are always my first stop. I invite you to look within your own heart for your soul’s direction for your life. I can’t imagine my life without meditation. My life has transformed mainly due to this one practice alone. Meditation quickly centers me and provides a reset anytime, anywhere. This, too, could be your go-to for reducing the stress in your daily life.
At first, you may see progress in terms of physical relaxation and emotional calmness. Later, you may notice other, subtler changes. Some of the most important benefits of meditation make themselves known over time and are not dramatic or easily observed. Persist in your practice, and you will find that meditation frees you from the worries that gnaw at you. By opening up space inside, you are free to experience the joy of being fully present, here and now. Start with five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night before you go to sleep. This ONE thing will skyrocket you to a more centered, peaceful life—externally and internally.
Congratulations to you for embarking on your very own spiritual practice! These Top 10 Spiritual Practices together can rewire your brain for satisfaction and is the start of a spiritual connection to yourself that feeds your hearts’ greatest desires.
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