Spiritual Practice

April 12, 2007

Often, the most difficult hurdle to overcome in a spiritual practice is the hurdle of beginning. For even though one has the best intentions to improve the quality of life and to deepen one’s relationship with Spirit, it is in starting that a space must be made among many other competing priorities so that what did not exist before can be given room within an otherwise busy and committed life.

Having determined to begin such a practice, the first step that is required is to: be simple. Do what you can do and do not strive to do what seems impossible to do or very difficult to do. Later on more difficulty can be added.

Secondly: be creative. What is most important in establishing contact with the indwelling Spirit and with the spiritual around oneself is to be in a place that feels sacred, a place that communicates a sense of the higher realms and of the invisible, not a place that is ordinary or filled with the vibrations of others. Allow your creativity to find a way to define or locate a sacred space in which you can create an altar which represents your commitment to your spiritual practice.

Thirdly: be committed. Be willing to sit in front of your altar and breathe quietly with your hand over your heart center in the center of your chest, allowing your mind to let go of thoughts as best as it can. In beginning, there is no more needed than this: to sit, to breathe, to bring energy to your heart center, to try to empty your mind.

Regular practice of this very simple kind, whether for ten or twenty minutes a day, will begin to make an inroad into your body’s knowledge of what is actually taking place. It will begin to open the line’s of communication between your everyday physical self and your soul-self that exists as another layer of your being.

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