“It’s not what we do once in awhile that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
Taking time to nourish your spirit is just as important as anything else on your daily calendar. Not only is this something that I tell every single client I’ve ever worked with, it’s also a personal mantra that I live by, daily. Every single day, I am devoted to a practice of personal and spiritual development. Depending on my schedule and how the day flows, it could be a 10 minute guided meditation just before bedtime, an hour long nature walk, or a variety of other rituals that resonate with me. Whether it’s 10 minutes, or an hour, consistency is far more important than depth, when it comes to maintaining a personal spiritual nourishment practice. Let’s face it, I’m a single mother of two daughters, business owner, chef, tutor, chauffeur… yep, I cook dinner for my family every night, help my children with homework, and drive them all around town for school and extracurricular activities, so that qualifies as a chef, tutor, and chauffeur, right?! The bottom line is, I’m busy! Yet I understand the importance of consistently feeding my spirit. After all, how am I to nourish and care for my children, my business, and my whole self, if I am mentally and spiritually starved?
My advice to anyone who feels they don’t have time to maintain a healthy balance in mind, body, and spirit practices is this: It doesn’t take much time to be effective! Start off small. Even if it’s just five minutes a day. Spend those few moments alone and tapped into your mind, Every. Single. Day! It is nearly impossible to make a connection with source and spirit without at least a few minutes alone. I hear very often from mothers of young children that they don’t ever get alone time. C’mon now… never?? The beautiful thing is that the babies are required to sleep at some point. So, after the little ones have settled into dreamland, take a few moments to yourself. Funny story… Last night, long after I thought my daughters were in the bed asleep, I sat comfortably in the zone in front of the sacred space in my bedroom. After about 10 good minutes of a guided meditation, I heard a loud burst of giggling and chatter coming from their bedroom. Of course, it totally disrupted my zen moment, but I was very satisfied with the 10 minutes that I did manage to squeeze in at the end of my day. As a mom, the moments of quiet and peaceful bliss that we imagine don’t always manifest that way, but hey, get it in where you can fit it in! For however long you can, sit down, breathe, and allow your spirit to speak to you in that moment.
Prayer and mantras are other powerful and beautiful practices that you can incorporate into your daily life, and the best part is that you can call on your inner wisdom through prayer and mantras anytime, anywhere! These practices don’t require a quiet room, or the emptying of thought. Use the power of your voice and your words to commune with source, to demonstrate faith, to seek advice, or to simply express thanks and gratitude for how wonderful and full of beauty life is. Give the creator a shout out for all of the amazing things you are manifesting, even if they haven’t come to fruition yet.
Next time you’re feeling spiritually disconnected or starved, take a look at how often you are feeding your spiritual endeavors. Your spiritual regimen should be approached with just as much consistency as is required to live a life of health, balance, and peace of mind.
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, and let me know what you do (or will be doing) regularly to feed your spirit.
xoxo, Naima Woodson, Beachbum Wisdom
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