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, then "Create Sacred Moments" by pausing for a mindful moment or two each day.

WORTH A TRY, or OCCASIONAL, or MIGHT BE YOUR THING: The practices in this category are "worth a try" at least once. Some of them are daily practices, where giving them "a try" would mean doing them daily for, say, a week. Others are one-time exercises to do and re-do quarterly or annually. Some practices in this category are great for responding to a particular need that may arise in your life. Others are simply enriching occasional enhancements to the spiritual life. Among these practices you may find the one particular practice that becomes "Your Thing" -- your main and central spiritual practice -- or a Key Supporting Practice.
   "Martial Arts"
   "Assess the Strength of Your Inner Critic"
   "Heal What You Feel: The Sensation Meditation"
   "Once-a-Month Retreat Days"
   "Sacred Reading" (see also, "Spiritual Reading")
   "Walking as a Spiritual Discipline"
   "Prayer with Beads"
   "Everyday Relationships"
   "Build Your Joy Collection"
   "Instagram as Spiritual Practice"
   "Sitting Zen"
   "Marital Arts"
   "Spiritual Reading" (see also "Sacred Reading")
   "Poetry By Heart"
   "Sacred Reading"
   "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: These are for everyone. 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.
   "No Schadenfreude, Ever"
   "Have Faith"
   "Don't Go So Fast"
   "Take Responsibility For Your Suffering"
   "Be Glad"
   "Remember: Fault-Finding Makes People Worse"
   "Take More Breaks"
   "No Maligning. No Grudge-Holding."
   "Take Pleasure"
   "Don't Be So Predictable"
   "Protect Your Brain"
   "Relax" (includes two short videos on biology and breathing)
   "Work with Your Biggest Problem First"
   "Abandon Hope"
   "Have Compassion for Yourself"(includes video: Kristin Neff's TED Talk, 19:01)
   "Don't Judge"
   "Don't Take Yourself Seriously"
   "Pay Attention to Blessing" (a.k.a. "Take In the Good"; includes Rick Hansen video. 6:57)
   "Come Back to Basics"
   "Express Love"
   "Thank Without Ceasing"
   "Find Beauty"
   "Practice When You're Distracted"
   "Let Go"
   "Be For Yourself"
   "Cultivate Self-Acceptance" (includes video: TED talk by Michelle Charfen)
   "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)
   "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"
   ""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"
   "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"
   "Be Grateful" (includes video: David Steindl-Rast's TED Talk, 14:30)
   "Nourish Your Brain"
   "Befriend Your Body"
   "Forgive Yourself"
   "Slow Down" (includes video: David Essel on his book, "Slow Down")
   "See the Good in Yourself"

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

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