Sunday, July 15, 2012

5 Fun & Easy Spiritual Practices

5 quick and easy spiritual practices that you can do daily:

  1. Pranayama Breathing (extension of the breath)
    1. Inhale through your nose for 6 seconds.
    2. Exhale through your mouth for 6 seconds.
    3. Do this 10 times. 
  2. Practice Random Kindness
    1. Pay someone a compliment (nice shirt, nice tie, love your shoes).
    2. Hold the door open for the person walking in behind you or exiting from the same door in front of you.
    3. Post a lovely comment to someone’s facebook wall for absolutely no reason.
  3. Gratitude List
    1. Stop whatever you are doing and write down 5 things you are grateful for.   (Stop reading this and do it now!)
    2. Before you begin your day every morning.
    3. Just before you fall asleep at night.
  4. Start Your Very Own “Brag Book”
    1. Carry it with you and write down every compliment you receive.
    2. Refer back to brag book when you forget how completely AWESOME you are!
    3. You will develop a greater awareness of the constant influx of your good.
  5. Higher Power On the Hour
    1. Set an alarm on your phone or in Outlook to make time for your higher power every hour on the hour for one day.
    2. Stop whatever it is your are doing and make conscious contact with the Divine.
    3. Get back to work!
We have a 5 point spiritual practice in Religious Science of Prayer, Meditation, Sacred Service, Circulation and Education.  I believe with the new organization we also have three additional practices being added and those are visioning, mindfulness and the creative process.  These are definitely important to be practiced within every spiritual community and in our individual lives too.
However, in order to continue to grow and expand your mind and consciousness, I believe that a balanced practice plus a variety of other practices sprinkled in will open you up to greater joy, happiness and possibility in your life.
I have discovered that when I do the exact same physical exercise daily my body becomes efficient and even though I have a killer workout routine, my body is no longer responding the way it did when I first began the routine.  Time to switch it up.  My doctor said that in the case of exercise you want your body to be inefficient because this is what causes muscles to grow and fat to burn.  I believe the same is true for Spiritual Practice.
I have also found that if I use the same shampoo in my hair over and again and then one day I switch it up, my hair responds in a wonderfully new and different way...usually a new shine with more volume.

Variety is the spice of life.  Please leave a comment here if you have additional spiritual practice ideas.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinterest: The Future of Vision Boarding!

Pinterest is like India.  Sensory overload.  

From the moment I stepped off of the plane when I arrived in India back in 2008 my senses were overwhelmed.   I'd seen things I had never seen before nor could ever have imagined I might see.  
People everywhere.  Men with suitcases stacked 3 high on their heads, women wearing bright colorful saris with large hoops in their noses, people carrying bushels of plants stacked 4 feet high, camels pulling obscenely large overstuffed carts of goods, automobiles stacked with 20 people outside of them clinging to bumpers and fenders,  monkeys, cows, dogs, auto rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws - all on the same road,  roundabouts gone wild, chanting until 3 am, Krishna flutes heard while drifting off to sleep at night...prayers, ritual and rites of the river, on the street, in the temples, at the dobiwala.

The Ganges crowded with people---filling their buckets to the rim with holy water for the day, people swimming, groups conducting rites of passage, repeating prayers while dousing themselves with river water, people doing laundry, brushing their teeth, swimming, laughing, saying goodbye to the remains of loved ones, gondolas, arati puja ceremonies, children selling goods.

I had the same visceral response that I had to India when I began to explore Pinterest,  the epic social pin board.  It is a virtual vision board playground for you to capture images you love which you can look at daily, from anywhere, wherever you are.  If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend you check it out.  Be sure to carve out some time for yourself to dream weave and capture images that sing to your soul.

I started my virtual vision board on Pinterest today and will continue to add images.  Make it a spiritual practice by putting on some meditative music, set your intention and then find your photos and pin them to your virtual board. 

Your future is waiting for you!!

Happy Tuesday!

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