Spiritual Practices for Happiness and Health
So many of us identify as living a busy life. As a full time working mother of 4 boys, I certainly do! I am also a deeply spiritual person and know the many benefits of having a spiritual practice. But one has to wonder, how can a busy person find time to be spiritual? With a little creativity it is actually quite easy!
For me, mornings are hectic. I have to wake, motivate, and make sure I get my husband, 2 teens, my 10 year old, and toddler out the door on time. Not to mention, I’ve got to have their lunches made, as well as get myself ready, too. It’s how I start my day that sets the tone and without fail, I will always start my morning by making a cup of coffee and sitting out on my front step. As I sip, I allow my senses to awaken and awareness blooms inside me. I take note on how my body feels outside, what I smell; I listen to the birds singing or any other little creatures scurrying around the yard. I look up to the sky and let a sense of peace wash over me, getting me ready for a beautiful day. I only spend about 10 minutes (less time than it takes to blow dry my hair) in this bliss but it is more than enough to super charge me for the rest of my morning.
I live in a rural town and commute to work, which means I spend about 40 minutes in my car each way. I realized that my commute to work is really the only “me” time I get with certainty on any given day, so it was time to make the most of it! I drive to work in the morning in beautiful silence. I use this time for my spiritual practice.
My Attitude of Gratitude
I start my car ride by reflecting on all that I am grateful for, especially noticing the many blessings from the day before but also appreciating the big stuff, too. It’s interesting to note that what may have felt like a struggle yesterday now feels like a blessing, once I see the value or lessons that stem from it. I often surprise myself with what bubbles up in my time of gratitude.
The Power of Prayer
After reflecting on the past day, it’s time to set my eyes on the prize—today! It is at this time I say my daily prayer, and for those who do not believe in any higher power, you can use this time to set your intention for the day. I personally start my prayer by giving thanks and asking for the continuation of the health, wellbeing, happiness and safety of all those I love and care for. From there I think about my day and what I’d like to manifest.
Spiritual Law of Attraction
All too often we can put our time and energy into fearing and worrying about things in the future. This actually gives them power to come to fruition! I use this time to think about things I could potentially start to worry about and release that fear by positively proclaiming and praying for what I do want. For example, if my car was making a weird noise, I might start fearing that it could break down leaving me carless and that it could potentially be expensive to fix. After pondering on this I ask myself “What do I want?” I want my car to be in good working order, so I would pray and give thanks for my car being in good working order.
Be the Light, Spread the Light
At this point I like to imagine a beam of light coming from the cosmos pouring into my car and filling up my entire being. I feel the light wash over me and through me and allow it to obliterate any blocks, any yuck that might be within my body or auric field. Once I feel at one with the light, I envision the light bursting out of my car and radiating all around me, onto others and the earth as it heads back up to the cosmos.
High Vibing Fun
Believe it or not, I usually have about 10 minutes left of my commute by this point and I use it to raise my vibration for the day. For me, this almost always means jamming out to some music, singing as loud as I possibly can, and wiggling around in my seat. It always brings a smile to my face and a feeling of exhilaration. It’s so important to remember to make a little time to have fun, be silly, and laugh.
So that is my commuting spiritual practice; the benefits I get from this routine are immeasurable. This time allows me to stay positive, find joy, maintain my inner peace, and keep me in the present moment each day. I am the best version of me because of my practice.
Just a little creative thinking and I’m sure you can find some downtime that can be replaced with mindful time. Getting up just 10 minutes earlier or using a commute, lunch break, or even your time in the shower can all help you feel your best.