Spiritual Practice

Deepening in wisdom, compassion, and connectedness can be facilitated by a spiritual discipline. Here are a number of suggestions for spiritual practice. Click the links for more info!


Find Your Thing (and then stay with it):
   "Choose Your Spiritual Practice"

The Three Core Daily Practices
In addition to your chosen spiritual practice, every day devote 10-30 mins to each:
   1. "Journal." Your Journal practice might take the form of "Morning Pages." You might also consider incorporating an "Idea Journal" into your Journal practice.
   2. "Study Spiritual Texts"
   3. "Meditate"

Key Supporting Practices: Some particularly key practices/observances that will support your developing spirituality.
    "Get a Teacher"
    Daily: "Mealtime Practice"
    Daily: "Get Enough Sleep"
    Several Times a Week: "Exercise"
    Weekly: "Keep Sabbath"
    Monthly: "Make Monthly Budgets"
    Continually Come Back To: "Mindfulness," "Be Mindful," and "Cultivate Mindfulness" (one thing, explained in three somewhat different ways by three different authors). Or, if "continually" is just too daunting, start with designating a mindful moment or two each day -- see "Create Sacred Moments."

MIGHT BE YOUR THING: These practices are not for everyone -- but one of them may be just the thing for you! Any of these might also be, for you, in the "Occasional" category, but are listed here because they are good candidates for being a central practice.
   "Prayer with Beads"
   "Everyday Relationships"
   "Build Your Joy Collection"
   "Instagram as Spiritual Practice"
   "Sitting Zen"
   "Martial Arts"
   "Marital Arts"
   "Sacred Reading"
   "Poetry By Heart"

OCCASIONAL or WORTH A TRY: These are practices suggested for "every once in a while," or "give it a try," or "as needed." Some of them may turn out so valuable for you that you stick with them, and they become a Key Supporting Practice. Some of them are responses to a particular need that may arise; others are simply enriching occasional enhancements to the spiritual life. All of them are worth a try at least once.
   "Simplify" (also a "Slogan" practice)
   "Have a Better Holiday"
   "The Shower-Write Practice" (for times of high anxiety)
   "Get (and Keep) Your Life in Balance"
   "Guided Meditation for Relaxing into Awe"
   "Let Go and Have Faith"
   "Take the Resilience Inventory"
   "Get Into Your Body"
   "Draft Your Obituary"
   "Forgiveness Meditation"
   "The Gratitude Visit"
   "Reward Yourself"
   "Find Your Calling"
   "Spiritual Intimacy"
   "Take the Mercy Inventory"
   "The Mirror Exercise"
   "Give Grace a Hand"
   "Consciously Dwell in Mystery"
   "The Year to Live List"
   "The Magical Playlist"
   "Face the Evil"
   "Succeed at Rejection"
   "Practices for Awe"
   "The Birthday/Funeral Gift"
   "Three Good Things"
   "Whose Am I?"
   "Watch an Inspiring Movie"
   "Create a Pain and Pleasure List"
   "Failure Gratitude"
   "Create With/For Others"
   "Sustainable Liberation"
   "Let Your Precious Go"
   "Bring More Intentionality"
   "Watch Where Your Mind Wanders"
   "Explore Desire Through Renunciation"
   "Get Help with a Resolution"
   "Give Thanks to Someone for Your Resistance"
   "Spiritualize One Space in Your Life"
   "Engage Transformative Possibility"
   "Take Down a 'Keep Out' Sign"
   "Embrace Wonder"
   "Create a Home Altar"
   "Have A Direct Experience of Transcending Mystery and Wonder"
   "Make One Change"
   "Fall in Love with Someone"

SLOGANS TO LIVE BY: Carry these reminders at all times. These practices don't require setting aside a separate substantial chunk of time -- but they will slow you down a bit (and that's a good thing.) Resolve to get stronger at living by these maxims, day by day. Sometimes make one of them the focus of your daily journaling.
   "Claim Desire"
   "Say Yes"
   "Simplify" (also an "Occasional" practice)
   "Maintain Joy and Humor"
   "Fill the Hole in Your Heart"
   "Feel Safer"
   "Don't Take It Personally"
   "Trust In Yourself"
   "Respond, Don't React" (includes video: Tara Brach on learning to respond, not react)
   "Create Sacred Moments"
   "Relax Anxiety about Imperfection"
   "It Comes Down To: Don't Be Stuck on Yourself"
   "Don't Throw the Second Dart"
   "Love Your Inner Child"
   "Practice for Life is Practice for Death"
   "Honor Your Temperament"
   "Notice You're All Right Right Now"
   "Aspire to the Impossible"
   "Be Generous"
   "When People Annoy, Ask Yourself Two Questions"
   "Reproach Your Demons"
   "Express Love"
   "Confront Your Inner Negative Voice"
   "Dream Big Dreams"
   "Own Your Nobility"
   "Put Out Fires"
   "Stick With It"
   "Don't Be Alarmed"
   "Be Determined"
   "Tend to the Causes"
   "Whatever You Meet Is the Path"
   "Accept the Limits of Your Influence"
   "Do Good, Avoid Evil, Appreciate Your Lunacy, Pray for Help"
   "Do What You Can (Unlearn Helplessness)" (includes video: Lance Luria on learned helplessness)
   "Put It in (the Ultimate) Context"
   "Enjoy Your Hands" (includes video: Dacher Keltner on Touch, 7:54)
   "Be Grateful to Everyone"
   "Be Curious"
   "Stop Blaming"
   "Keep Going"
   "Turn All Mishaps Into the Path"
   "Don't Know"
   "Live in Patience" (See also: "Be Patient")
   "Aspire Without Attachment"
   "Turn Things Around"
   "Risk the Dreaded Experience"
   "Send and Receive Compassion"
   "Take Refuge"
   "Be a Child of Illusion"
   "Use Your Will"
   "Don't Get Stuck on Peace"
   "Have Insight"
   "Ask Yourself What's Good?"
   "Examine the Nature of Awareness"
   "Live by the Truths of Life, Death, Actions, and Suffering"
   "Rest in the Openness of Mind"
   "Ask Yourself About Successes, Gratitudes, Love, Self-Appreciation"
   "Identify Your Emotions"
   "See Everything As a Dream"
   "Pay Attention to Blessing" (a.k.a. "Take In the Good"; includes Rick Hansen video. 6:57)
   "Enjoy Humility" (includes video: Rick Hanson's TED Talk, "Hardwiring Happiness," 13:46)
   "Be Patient" (See also: "Patience")
   "Find Strength"
   "Get Excited"
   "Smile" (includes video: "Neurology of Awakening," 80 mins)
   "Let Go of White-Centeredness"
   "Let Go"
   "Be Grateful" (includes video: David Steindl-Rast's TED Talk, 14:30)
   "Find Beauty"
   "Have Faith"
   "Be Glad"
   "Take More Breaks"
   "Take Pleasure"
   "Protect Your Brain"
   "Nourish Your Brain"
   "Befriend Your Body"
   "Forgive Yourself"
   "Slow Down" (includes video: David Essel on his book, "Slow Down")
   "See the Good in Yourself"
   "Cultivate Mindfulness" (see also "Be Mindful")
   "Relax" (includes two short videos on biology and breathing)
   "Have Compassion for Yourself"(includes video: Kristin Neff's TED Talk, 19:01)
   "Be For Yourself"
   "Cultivate Self-Acceptance" (includes video: TED talk by Michelle Charfen)

ECOSPIRITUAL. These practices are oriented toward developing our spirituality through our connection to our planet home and to our responsibility to care for it.
   "Across the Wide Universe"
   "Deep Time Journeys"
   "Letting Go, Moving Forward"
   "The Vending Machine God"
   "Rethinking Genesis"
   "The Right to Life"
   "Images of Earth"
   "The Problems of Progress"
   "Industrial Civilization and Everyone Else"
   "Cogs in the Machine"
   "How Much Is Enough?"
   "Turn Away from Mindless Living"
   "Face Ecological Reality"
   "Begin the Ecospiritual Path"

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