11 Nov 5 STRATEGIES TO CREATE A CONSISTENT SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
In this human experience, our spiritual foundation is the rock for which everything else is built upon.
French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said it best,“ We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
When we were born we were born with a spiritual element which essentially serves as the foundation for the essence of our being. Spiritual awakening is a continuous process by which you awaken to the awareness of your spirit. This can happen many times throughout one’s lifetime. This is what it means to be “born again.” As Christians we are born again through many experiences in our life.
The times where we’ve strayed so far from God that we are left feeling alone, stuck, depleted, and unsure of which way to turn, until finally one day we humble ourselves and turn to the Source of our strength. These valley moments tend to led to a spiritual breakthrough. One that causes us to pull from a strength outside of our Self in order to pick up the pieces to continue our journey. We will continue to have these experiences until we truly turn over every area of our our life to God.
The thing is God will not always steer the course of our lives. There are times and areas of life that God will grant us permission to be in full and complete control over the dynamics of those lived experiences; however there are some areas that are reserved for God to work through.
In the Bible, Paul references the thorn in his side, “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7
Paul pleaded with God three times to remove the thorn from his side yet God replied,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9
So God leaves these areas of growth for us to work through for his glory and not our own. Paul says it was good that he was afflicted so that he can praise God more in his weakness because then and only then he’ll be made strong. That is so that when God shows up, you’ll know exactly who to give the praise to.
So as we go through life seeking answers to questions that only God knows the answers to, how can we cultivate a practice that leads to more understanding, stability, and grounding through times of uncertainty.
How can you create a consistent spiritual practice?
By going inward. The more we allow ourselves to go inside the recesses of our minds. The more we explore and discover where there’s room to heal. We will always have healing to do. The moment we believe we are healed, we’ve stopped growing.
In life when walls turn into doors for me to walk through is how I know when I’m in flow with life. The thing is many doors are presented. It’s knowing which door to walk through that becomes challenging.
If you’re anything like me, you walk through many doors before realizing you weren’t supposed to be in any of those particular rooms. Now you’re stuck, desperately looking for an exit strategy or escape route until the next door presents itself. Before making any movements that could potentially steer you off your path, consult with God. Learning to make wiser choices leads to greater understanding of what your triggers are.
Our triggers are related to our hidden desires, traumas, and passions. When our triggers show up we choose alternative strategies as temporary relief from the circumstances showing up in our life. We turn to sex, drugs, alcohol, or even people to numb the pain of our experience.
God is not a God of temporary gain. God is a God of eternity. God grants us abundance and abundance every lasting. If you’ve found yourself disconnected from Source, seeking external validation, God is calling you to go within.
As we work to create and maintain a consistent spiritual practice, our level of awareness and discernment increases. We will display a heightened level of awareness surrounding choices, behaviors, and thoughts. God works through us to increase our capacity to withstand the difficulties showing up in our life. Begin with these five strategies to create a consistent spiritual practice.
Commitment: In this sermon, Pastor Michael Todd preached a word on in it he makes reference to how often we feed our spiritual body. He says we feed our physical body numerous times per day, Yet many of us will allow days, weeks, months, even years without feeding our spirit. your soul is yearning for nourishment.
Read the Word: In the Bible God spoke and said, “Let there be light.” This significant the importance of words. God manifested our Universe through the Word. Spend 5 minutes a day reading the Word of God. Download the Bible app and add me as a friend. Let’s read the Word together.
Observe your environment: Your environment influences the way you feel about yourself, your life, and your spiritual practice. Examine your living space, if there is anything that you can change to improve the quality of your living space. Consider adding a plant, tidying your space, or adding decor to give your space a fresh, new feel.
Explore new ideas: Allow your mind to continue to expand by researching new topics, ideas, or projects. Creativity allows your mind to expand in new ways and also contributes to the success of your spiritual practice. Commit one hour a week to learning something new.
Create a plan: Establish a ritual for your spiritual practice based on your new experiences and observations. Having a plan sets the foundation for routine leading to commitment and discipline in your practice.
How often do you feed your spiritual body? Once a week? Once a year? During special holidays or ceremonies? If you didn’t nourish your physical body daily, how might your body feel? What would that look like?
Starting with a spiritual practice will set the foundation for you to take care of you. Self-care is of the highest order. The love you give yourself is the love you give to others. Comment below or connect with me here to share your spiritual practice or to get ideas from me.