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ROSEMARY’S EXPLORATION: What Is Your Spiritual Practice?

Do you meditate every day?  Are you following a yoga or qigong or tai chi practice?  Do you go for a walk in nature and call it a spiritual practice?  Do you write in a journal?

How do you feed yourself spiritually every day?

So often we jump out of bed and start getting wrapped up in our to-do list.  We have lists of lists and feel ready to spring into action checking things off.  And, yet, at the end of the day, is that activity really the most important way you could spend your time?  If you run out of day before you run out of to-do’s have you really spent your time wisely?

Let’s look at 2013 as the Year of Transformation that it truly is.  What are we transforming?

How high on your priority list is your spiritual practice?  If it’s not number one then maybe it’s time to re-examine those priorities.

This isn’t about religion but about the total YOU, the whole-istic YOU, the YOU who lives on Planet Earth in 2013 for a Purpose.  The YOU who was born for a reason.  The spiritual YOU lives in the Universe as a particular being at a particular moment in the life of the Universe so that you might play your part in the unfolding plan that the Universe has been revealing for millennia.  You fit into a much bigger picture than your to-do list would indicate.

And every day it is good to check in and see how you’re doing with regard to that unfolding plan.  Remember, this life isn’t about what you are DOING, but who you are BEING.  Does your to-do list sometimes get in the way of your being you?

Allow yourself to define your spiritual practice by what feeds your soul.  What uplifts you?  How do you want to feel today?

It doesn’t really matter what you choose as your spiritual practice so long as it is important to your spirit and you do it consistently.  Do you pray?  Just when you need something or in thanksgiving or praise?  Do you exercise?  Is it just for your bodily health (or the eye candy at the gym?) or are you honoring your physical body and its assistance in your fulfilling your purpose on Earth?

Meditation can be a simple, short time to tap into something greater, to ask your higher self for guidance about the day.  Of course, it can also be more elaborate, take more time, be more formal and contain even richer wisdom for you.

The Eastern practices, like qigong, tai chi and yoga, invite you to connect to your body and your breath in specific ways so that your energy can be organized for your day.  Sometimes just tapping into ‘the feeling state of the Divine’ can bring you joy and peace for your day.

Choose a practice that you will commit to doing every day this week.  Maybe it’s drawing a card from an oracle deck, or sitting with your morning coffee and watching the birds at the feeder outside your window.  It doesn’t have to be formal and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time.  But choose something that helps to feed your spirit and do it every day.

Watch how your to-do list takes on a new meaning in the context of your ‘to-be’ time!

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