I just started reading “Coming Alive – Tools to Defeat your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression and Unleash Your Souls Potential” by Barry Michels and Phil Stutz. I’m only one chapter in and I love it. It is speaking to me. I feel as if September is the month I usually am in the mood for a Mindfulness Re-Set. The fast pace of summer is over, (loved it but thank God its done) and the new routine of being more present in my days is setting in. So I have found some great suggestions for stepping into September and connecting to yourself, others and your higher power (what ever she looks like to you) So let’s get started:
Create a Rule of Life
Your “Rule of Life” is a roadmap for how you want to live your life, outlining spiritual practices that you commit to regularly engaging in to maintain connection to your Higher Power, Your True Self, and others. This is meant to act as a guide, not a rulebook, so give yourself grace if you don’t follow it exactly. It is also fluid, so recognizing when practices are serving you—and when they’re not—is important. You can always adjust as you see fit.
Some regular practices for connection to a Higher Power might include:
- Mindful quiet walks or hikes
For connection to Self, try:
- Creative expression
To connect to others, some good practices might be:
- Regular dinners with friends and family
- Spiritual gatherings
- Art workshops
Creating a Rule of Life can seem daunting, especially if you’re trying to overhaul your life. Before setting yourself up for failure, remember to make sure your goals are realistic and achievable. Keep these considerations in mind:
- Incorporate practices that fit into your existing schedule. If you barely have time to eat during the day, chances are you can’t schedule a half-day retreat to spend alone. Instead, start with making the time to eat away from a computer, phone, or other people.
- Try practices that align with your interests. If you aren’t a creative person, then perhaps you don’t start with a commitment to creating four pieces of art in a month. Instead, find something that will nourish your soul and bring you pleasure. If podcasts are your jam, then commit to listening to three per week on your commute instead of zoning out to mindless music.
- Adjust your practices according to your needs. What is serving you today may not serve you tomorrow or in six months. Likewise, you might think you need one hour of silence and solitude in the morning, but you’re sacrificing sleep for it. It might be better to commit to adequate rest first, and then incorporate intentional solitude once you’re rested.
While these suggestions aren’t exhaustive, they are a good place to start to strengthen your spirituality. Remember that the mind, body, and spirit are all connected, and you should balance your life accordingly. If your body is exhausted and you’re not getting proper nutrition, you probably won’t be able to effectively engage in spiritual practices. Take care of yourself in all three realms and reap the benefits of being more connected to your Higher Power, True Self, and those around you.
Adapted from Mellisa Eisler