Cultivating a spiritual practice takes time and effort, but it’s one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. We live in a world that’s always going-going-going and it can feel impossible to find the time to dedicate to a spiritual practice. After all, not all of us have the resources or ability to dedicate an hour of our day to meditation or intensive self work.
Don’t get me wrong, showing up and putting the effort in is crucial for spiritual development, but maintenance is just as important. It’s far better to do a little bit every day instead of doing all of your spiritual work one afternoon a month.
That’s why I’ve compiled this list of simple actions you can do every day to maintain your spiritual practice. All of these tips help raise your vibration and keep you in touch with your spirituality, but take 15 minutes or less to do.
Meditation is a very important part of any spiritual practice because it allows you to look within yourself and become one with your consciousness (and therefore the universe). Thankfully, even taking just five minutes every day to sit and be still has a profound impact.
I personally like to meditate before bed, but you can practice meditation whenever you like. As long as you have five minutes of time to yourself, the possibilities are endless:
- First thing in the morning
- Right before you go to bed
- During your lunch break
- In your car right after you get home, but before you go inside
Simply set a timer for five minutes and be still. Focus on your breathing and if your mind wanders, acknowledge that and refocus on the breath. You could also utilize guided meditations for this practice. Insight timer has a ton of quick but effective guided meditations that I love!
I’ve written before on simple ways to practice gratitude every day, but a specific practice worth mentioning again is gratitude journaling. Taking the time to write down three things that you are grateful for each day has the ability to completely reframe your mindset. As human beings we are wired to focus on the negative and dismiss the positive, so intentionally practicing gratitude can raise our vibrations and put us in alignment with the universe.
Ground, Center, and Shield
As someone who is a big fan of energy work, I love taking the time to ground, center, and shield. I typically do it after I meditate or clear my chakras (which I talk about later in this post!), but I also find myself doing it throughout the day if I need a little pick me up. I won’t go into too much detail in this post because I’ve already written a comprehensive guide on the topic, but if you only do one thing on this list, I highly recommend grounding, centering, and, shielding!
Talk to Your Spirit Guides
This is a fun one. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, spirit guides are entities that are essentially our “spiritual cheerleaders.” They follow us throughout our lives and help guide us to make the best possible decisions to align with our higher purpose.
I first started communicating with my spirit guides when I received my reiki level one attunement, but you can definitely do this without any energy work or intuitive experience! Everyone has them, we just need to be open to hearing their message.
Make a point to ask your spirit guides for advice on various things, then be open to receiving the answer. The response can come in many ways, but with practice you’ll be able to recognize when it’s a sign from them.
Cultivating a relationship with my spirit guides is something I’m still working on, but it’s been highly enjoyable and I wish I had started sooner!
Clear Your Chakras
Last, but certainly not least, is clearing your chakras. I have a whole blog post dedicated to the topic with lots of helpful information. It walks you through the process step-by-step. I encourage you to check the post out for all of the information, but a few benefits include:
- It helps your energy feel balanced and clean
- Clearing your chakras provides a “reset” if you’re feeling off
- It’s a great way to practice energy work on yourself
Chakra work is one of the most consistent things I do in my spiritual practice. It definitely helps me stay connected to my spiritual side.
I hope you found these ideas helpful. Everyone’s spiritual journey is unique and there might be other things that work for you, but these are just four things I’ve found very easy to incorporate into my daily life.
What little things do you do to stay in touch with your spiritual side? Be sure to let me know in the comments!