Strengthening your awareness of your connection to Divine is integral to your spiritual growth
and development. In fact, that awareness is foundational for shifting from fear to love-based
emotions, raising your vibrations, and improving the quality of actualizing your heart’s desire.
That is why creating a daily practice and being disciplined about its use are so very important to
every spiritual system. Daily practice:
- strengthens your awareness of the connectedness of all life
- connects you with Divine and with the Earth
- allows your body to relax and become receptive
- allows receiving of guidance, help, and healing
- broadens your understanding of your spiritual path
- accumulates energy and increases your body’s resilience
My Daily Practice
My daily practice changes over time, but it usually has these components:
- movement – These days I walk barefoot outside and connect with the Earth. For several
years I did Egyptian Yoga (Ba-Ra-Shem-Ka) but felt that I needed more connection with
the planet. So, I moved this practice outdoors. Movement practices help me open up my
energy field and circulate and ground more energy. It also restarts circulation of cerebral/
spinal fluids, when I wake up.
- chanting/listening to music – I use chanting or listening to music to slow my mind down
and focus. Currently, I’m listening to solfeggios shared by Panache Desai in his Align,
Attune, Ascend series.
- breathing – As a multi-dimensional being, I am a multi-tasker. So, I use the Heart
Breathing practice from HeartMath when I listen to the solfeggios. This practice basically
is breathing into your heart space while you imagine something you are grateful for.
This may be the favorite part of my daily practice, as I generally end up with a big smile
plastered on my face. It must be because most of the time I imagine myself cuddled up
with my four cats!
- sitting in silence – I love to do this practice outside, when I can. Sitting in silence in the
sunlight helps my body gather Vitamin D and supports my pituitary and pineal glands,
while I connect with the restorative power of Nature. No wonder the Ancients did a
Salute to the Sun every morning!
- grounding – I make an intention to myself to come back to my normal waking state of
consciousness. Then, I visualize roots, like the trunk of an Elder Tree, growing from the
bottom of my feet and intend for energy to go down the roots into the core of Mother
Earth. I also ask that any excess energy be given to Mother Earth for her use.
- gratitude statements – I write at least 5 gratitude statements in my journal, as the
capstone to my daily practice.
Connecting Heaven and Earth
Within Steps 2 and 3 I’ll feel inspired to visualize sending my breath from my heart up through
the crown of my head and to the heart of Divine. I focus on this tracing until I feel a response
from Divine (most often I feel a light pulsing). Then, on the exhale I intend to send this energy
into the core of Mother Earth, down my spine and through my feet. Once this flow is established,
I keep breathing until I sense Mother Earth’s response (warm energy coming up through my
feet). When Mother Earth responds, I intend to send her energy up through my crown to Divine.
Then, I maintain focusing the up-and-down flow of both energies until energy exchanges
When you are suspended between the gifting of Divine and Mother Earth, you can only benefit
from being the conduit for this gift. Your energy system will clear easily and gracefully, opening
more spaciousness in your body to receive, as two energy channels almost automatically open to
move the energy up and down your spine where your main energy centers are. It, in fact, is your
intention during the visualization that lights the path for the energy to move, while your breath
moves the energy. I eventually end focusing on the energy exchange between Divine, Mother
Earth, and me, because I feel ready to sit quietly.
Mandalas, Sacred Objects, and Altars
Being artistic, there are times when I am moved to use visual tools in my daily practice. I have
a “Possibilities” Board where I meditate, and sometimes I’ll just gaze on the poster. I also have
paintings, mandala posters, colored scarves, sculptures, and portable altars in my meditation
area. However, I don’t think the tools do the work for me. I just love having them around, and
when I “spring clean” and redesign the space, what I notice is how these tools help me focus on
aspects of myself I want to become more aware of.
What spiritual practices do you like? Do you practice daily? I would love to hear from you, so
please leave a comment on this blog.