“There are questions and practices that we naturally gravitate toward in our own individual spirituality. People express their spirituality, and what they value, in a variety of ways. If you accept who you are—what really resonates for you—and learn to work within that natural wisdom, it can help guide you toward a spiritual practice that might be particularly suited for you." - Julie Haber, M.Div, senior spiritual wellness provider at Canyon Ranch in Tucson.
This reading is designed to offer practices that may help you connect to yourself, to the truth of who you are, in a deeper way than you usually do.
There are moments when we are alone with ourselves, and whatever we are doing makes us feel comfortable in our own skin, and free to be who we are in a way that doesn't always happen.
Can you think of moments in your own life when you had that experience? This reading will suggest new practices you can try or it may remind you of practices that have worked before, that you've forgotten.
Imagine your heart opening, like a flower going from bud to full bloom, and take several deep breaths, slowly breathing in and out, and then choose one of the pictures below.
Did you pick the first one?
The first practice is journaling. And in fact, writing in your journal is always a good way to get to the heart of how you feel and think. But one way to do it that may uncover deeper thoughts & feelings (the ones hiding beneath the surface) is to write without stopping.
Set a timer or decide on an amount of time to write and stop when the time is up. Choose something you want to explore, like what you really think or feel about a situation or person in your life.
Begin by writing the first thoughts that come to mind but then, keep going, without stopping. You may find that there are other thoughts and feelings you weren't completely aware of or didn't know about at all.
You also may get insights or wisdom that you haven't had before.
And here's what I suggest doing next. Nothing. Make yourself some tea, have a seat and stare out the window for a while, letting it all sink in.
Keep your journal open, but don't hold your pen. After some time to process, you may have even more realizations come to light.
The second one is taking a nature walk. Not for exercise, so make it more of a stroll.
I suggest not thinking about anything in particular. Feel the sun on your face, notice the breeze dancing along your arms or lifting your hair. Notice the leaves on the trees, watch the birds fly from one tree to another.
Listen to the sounds you hear. Glance at the clouds. And from time to time, check in on how you feel.
Notice the thoughts that pop in on you. And each time something comes to mind, or you notice a negative feeling, ask yourself, "what do i wish were different?"
"What bothers me about it?" And then, keep walking and go back to noticing everything around you.
What's likely to happen is insights about things you hardly pay attention to or that you have been trying to ignore. When you get back home, write down what you've learned so you don't forget it.
If you picked this one, then your practice is to sing your heart out. So, not just to sing a song, but to sing with complete abandon.
Since this one chose you, I am guessing that you love to sing! And that you love it so much, you can sometimes get lost in the experience.
If so, then singing is a great way to find and connect with your deepest parts of yourself. Try it today and notice how it feels, in general, and how you feel about the connection with yourself.
So what did you think of this reading? Was the one you chose, the one you needed?
Let me know in a comment.
See you next time!