most people i know want to have a stronger spiritual life. somehow it seems difficult to do that, though, because there are so many things that distract us. then you find yourself in the bathroom brushing your teeth, dead tired, and the though flits through your mind, “drat, another day when i didn’t meditate”.
if we want to have a stronger spiritual life, we need to feed it. makes sense, right? for many, 20-60 minute daily meditations just seems like preparing a huge feast. if that’s so difficult, why not start with a few easy snacks?
so here are 9 small ways to feed your spirit on a daily basis:
- pay attention to your breathing during one small daily activity – shaving, perhaps, or preparing your lunch
- make a mental or written list of three things for which you are grateful. if you can’t think of anything, start with the essentials – shoes, a roof over your head, living in a city with a low crime rate …
- think of someone who is not well and send her or him thoughts of happiness and well-being
- just for a minute or two, pay loving attention to a houseplant
- play with your pet, feeling the life force that connects you with him or her
- call a friend and tell a joke that you know will make her or him laugh
- write out a one-line prayer on a little piece of paper and stick it in your wallet
- send a quick email to someone, just telling them how much you appreciate them
- dedicate a little object to your spirit and carry it around with you wherever you go, knowing that every time you touch it, you connect with spirit
that’s a start. why don’t you comment on what works for you?
(this post won a blog of the day award for december 11, 2006)
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