Making Your Spiritual Practices a Habit
I’m not alone when I say “I keep forgetting to do my spiritual practices!” This is SO common. Simply because life gets in the way and it can be difficult to make our spiritual practices a habit. Can you relate?
When we burden ourselves with a heavy load of daily tasks and caring for others in our lives, we tend to forget to do our spiritual practices. They fall to the wayside and turn into those things that we will “get to” when we have time.
Why do we do this?
Well, let’s look at it logically. Things we succeed in doing every day like brushing our teeth, cleaning up and getting dressed were established over the course of a lifetime. We’ve been doing them since we were very little.
I’ve met a few lucky souls who have parents that instilled ten minutes of daily meditation in them from a very young age and it stuck. It’s now something that they require in order to feel like they have done everything that they need to do. Same way we feel about brushing our teeth (Those of us who like fresh breath that is lol).
Creating this same motivation for spiritual practices is about establishing habits. Putting in the time and effort until they stick and become a natural daily must do.
Change it from a practice to a habit
Setting ourselves up for success with our spiritual practices takes time but it doesn’t have to be difficult. The key is to find a way to remind ourselves easily and follow through until the practice itself becomes a “must do”.
- GCP before you get up – Set your morning alarm just 10 minutes earlier. Start your day with a good old GCP (grounding, clearing and protection practice) before you even get out of bed. There’s no golden rule that you technically have to be standing up to do a spiritual protection practice. So heck, stay under those covers and GCP!
- Put spiritual tools in multiple places – Keep some spiritual tools in your kitchen. Use them for 5 minutes while you wait for your coffee to brew or your tea water to heat up. Having spiritual tools sitting next on the counter is a visual reminder to pick a card or use your pendulum to get some spiritual guidance for your day.
- Set an electronic reminder – Find one of the many, many apps on your phone that will remind you each day to stop and meditate for 2, 5, 10 or more minutes.
- Visual mantra reminders – Yet another glorious way to use your cell phone is to set a visual reminder, like a mantra, on the lock screen of your smart phone. That way every time you open your phone to use it you will see the mantra. Allow that visual to remind you to take the 5 seconds to say that mantra out loud. Start with my favorite mantra… “Everything always works out for me!”
Find easy ways to integrate short, small spiritual practices into your daily life. Stick with it long enough that they become integrated into what you are used to doing daily. Until they become a part of your routine.
Get a month of this under your belt and you will start the rest of your days with fresh breath and spiritual protection. Sounds like a good plan to me!
If you do not have a spiritual protection practice in place, click here for a free video on how to create your own unique daily practice. GCP is a foundational practice and one of the absolute best practices you can do daily.