Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Being a spiritual being having a human experience takes practice, if we want to make the most of it. By that, I mean that if we want to be conscious in creating the life we've dreamed of, we need to actively cultivate our awareness of how spirit works through this human form. It's easy to get caught up in the expectations of those around us and the society we live in, and our days can be completely taken up with fulfilling our obligations to the roles that we take on. Things like being a spouse, parent, employee, and friend are all wonderful things to choose to be, but if we do them unconsciously, without hearing our own voices about how we want to be in those roles, we struggle and our unique and perfect expression is lost.
Consciously creating our lives takes awareness, and awareness takes practice. There are so many helpful tools and techniques for helping us connect with the creator within us. All of the answers we need are close at hand. We just have to stop, listen, and practice.
I have found that my practice has broadened over the years as I've learned new things. In addition to regular meditation, I use many of the tools I've mentioned in this blog, such as heart-focused breathing and writing letters to God. I'm looking forward to writing about other tools in the future.
A regular practice is just that, regular, and practice. It ideally is something that we make time for, and try to maintain as a priority in the middle of busy days. It is also something that is done as much for the process as for the outcome; we don't worry about getting it perfectly but we just do it. I always know that when I'm most resistant to sitting down to meditate, I need it the most. If I get off track, I start again. It's a gift I give to myself, something that I get to do rather than have to do. What better legacy, than taking the time to know myself?
A regular practice of whatever spiritual tool we choose helps quiet the voice of limits that says I don't have time, I have too much to do, I can't do this right, I need to stop. Practice gives us confidence in telling that voice to hush, so that we can dwell in the truth of who we are, and who we want to be.
May this tool be a blessing. . .