Cultivating Your Spiritual Practice

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There are day to day activities we do that are chockfull of spirituality. Your spiritual rituals and rhythm can be found in your chores, errands, daily commute, daily work tasks, exercising and spending time with family and friends. Oftentimes, we think of going to church, praying, and meditation as the only means to cultivating a spiritual practice. But, when we recognize how natural and easy it is to carve out a spiritual connection, the world seems abound with many spiritual growth opportunities.

Here are some ways to cultivate your day to day spiritual practices:

  • Stay on the lookout for pockets of time you can take to meditate or to think on what you’re grateful for. Book a conference room at work for you to turn down the lights and meditate. It only takes a few minutes for a mindfulness reboot. If you can’t book a room, go to your car, or do a walking meditation around the block on your breaks.
  • Download phone apps, such as Calm or Nature Meditation Sounds to have on hand to easily meditate. Or, consider creating a YouTube subscription to all of your favorite guided meditation or nature sound videos.
  • When you find yourself in a limiting or defeating thought, consider Esther Hicks/Abraham’s suggestion of the Seventeen Seconds Process where you countdown seventeen seconds as you shift your thoughts to something lighter and better serving. Rae Zander and Heather McKay Novak of Everyday Attraction Podcast’s June 5, 2015 show “The Most Powerful Alignment Practices of All Time” discuss the Seventeen Second Process in greater detail (http://www.unity.fm/episode/EverydayAttraction_060515). They sourced their information from the originator of the Seventeen Second Process, Esther Hicks/Abraham-Hicks of http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php.
  • Keep Your cell phone or MP3 player full of positive, New Thought, or inspirational Podcasts to listen to on your commute. I look forward to my twenty minute drives to work thanks to the inspirational Podcasts that spark my imagination and inspire me.
  • There’s nothing more spiritually uplifting than calling an old friend to catch up on life and laughs. When you need a pick-me-up, call up a friend and be their pick-me-up.
  • Take a walk. Even a brisk, ten minute walk in the sun is enough time to get mindful and connected to your inner thoughts. Say some affirmations, think of what you’re grateful for, or, clear your mind.
  • Keep a little journal near you to capture random divine coincidences, things you are grateful for, or even ideas and sparks of interest you want to explore. Make sure its small enough to fit in your back pocket or purse so there’s no excuse to be without it.
  • Read spiritual text and holy books. Read all there is – blogs, books, memoirs, poems and journals, just to name a few. Even if you can only manage a couple of pages a day, you will gain some spiritual nourishment and insight to any give situation.
  • Let the music carry you away. What’s your favorite music genre? Why did you fall in love with that type of music? Fall in love all over again with a long lost genre you used to groove to. Spirituality can also be found in singing songs, so sing away.
  • When exercising, have inspirational Podcasts, affirmations (create your own for a powerful experience), or music that allows your mind to run free playing through your earbuds. I like combining my workouts with spiritual practice because I’m a busy lady and I need to combine my activities.
  • Play in the recesses of your mind. Daydream, get lost in your thoughts and fall in love with the Inner You.

Janice Campbell of Receive Your Life Podcast reminds us that all of us have a spiritual practice that feeds our soul and it’s up to each of us to nourish our spiritual selves everyday on her May 28, 2015 show, “Your Spiritual Practice” (http://www.unity.fm/episode/ReceiveYourLife_052815). It was Janice’s May 28th Podcast that inspired me to write this post to remind us to honor what it is that moves us and have our being.

Can you find spiritual fulfillment in the mundane, like housecleaning or your daily work duties? It doesn’t take a lot to indulge daily in what makes you spiritually connected and happy.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

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Recommendations and Shout Outs

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 Recommendations:

Janice Campbell’s Receive Your Life Podcast delivers the manifestational goods week after week, and is frequently featured on my Recommendations and Shout Out Page. If you have access to iTunes, subscribe to Janice’s podcast – it is a life changing weekly one hour show that teaches how to chisel away limiting beliefs and how to build a life that is abundant and authentically you. Here’s a listing of the titles over the past month:

  • May 1st – Breaking Free of Self-Sabotaging Patterns – She discussed how we get in our own way in manifesting the life we want and how to direct the energy of desire in the right direction.
  • May 8th – Instead of Managing Your Stress Transcend It – Janice proposes that instead of just managing our stress, we can eliminate it.
  • May 15th – Why Simplicity Make It Easier for You to Live a Purposeful Life – Simplicity is not about how much or how little you have, but it is about how your values fit within your life.
  • May 22, 2014 – Revealing Your Purpose – Janice takes the mystery out of finding your purpose – and how you are probably already expressing your purpose in your life today.
  • May 29, 2014 – Choosing a Sustainable Life – A must listen to Podcast, it has already changed my life! Out of all of the Podcasts listed, this one should be listened to firs – the whole way through.
  • June 5, 2014 – Being at Peace With the Messiness of Your Life – This is another phenomenal Podcast. After listening, you will see that you are truly blessed by your mess.

Janice Campbell’s Receive Your Life Podcast airs live on Thursdays at 9 AM Pacific Time on http://www.unity.fm/program/ReceiveYourLife/. If you subscribe on iTunes, the Podcasts will automatically post each week. Here is Janice’s website http://www.receiveyourlife.com/.

Another recommendation is Lorane Gordon’s Your Happiness Way Podcast/show featured on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yourhappinessway. I like her show’s format. Lorane has knowledgeable guests discussing Law of Attraction and Manifestation topics, as callers call in to ask her and her guest questions. She’s honest and gives real tips for people to try. One caller called in and was discussing how specific her vision board for the goal of remarrying and why love was elusive to her. Lorane explained to her that a vision board may not be the best tool for this caller and gave tips that could work better for her – I love that! Not all modalities and tools in spirituality works the same for everyone. Lorane also ends each show with a guided meditation, which is a nice bonus for those of us who need it.

To hear Lorane’s Podcast I referenced, check out iTunes and search for the show December 20, 2013, show titled, “Success With Law of Attraction.”

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Shout Outs:

I’m giving a shout out to Unity.FM radio for having a wonderful smorgasbord of Podcasts hosted by a variety of hosts that will appeal to many and speak to each of us. Click on http://www.unity.fm/shows for a list of Podcasts that will uplift and inspire you to live the best life you possibly can and to hear from people who are doing exactly what you are setting out to do.

If you like what you’re hearing, support Unity.FM by spreading the word, andtuning into the many programs, so this priceless knowledge stays on the airwaves. Both Unity.FM and Blog Talk Radio does not charge to listen to their shows, but they operate on the generosity of donations, and no donation is too small. A tiny price to pay for a beautifully unfolding life and a blessing to support folks who are supporting us in living abundant and loving lives.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley