Do you have a Spiritual Practice?
I do, and I love it,
but it took a while to get going…
Two things made a difference in my spiritual practice:
First – was the understanding that
a relationship with the Divine needs to be cultivated!
In the same way that your relationship with an old friend,
whom you have not seen for over 20 years,
doesn’t have nearly as much depth, trust, loving, and connection
as your relationship with a dear friend you see regularly, or share your life with –
so does a relationship with the Divine can’t be fed only once in a while, and still be strong…
We need to feed our relationship with the Divine on a Daily Basis (no matter who the Divine is for each of us).
Once a day is a good beginning. More often is even better!
As often as you remember during the day,
when you get up and before you go to sleep,
when you look at your watch or your phone –
this is how much stronger and bonded with the Source you could feel…
Set yourself Reminders, or internal alarm clocks, to wake you up for an appointment with the Divine. You can use anything: whenever you press the brake pedal while you drive, at every stop light on the road, before you take the first bite of any food or the first sip of any drink, before you check your email, the possibilities are endless.
The Second thing that made a difference for me was making a Commitment.
In the Celtic Tradition, into which I was initiated many years back,
the Feast day of Brigid (February 1st, or in some places the 2nd: 2/2)
is a day in which one commits to their Spiritual Path for one more year.
Like Celtic Marriages (known as Handfasting) are also commitments made for only a year at a time. There is respect for Natural Rhythms in this custom, as well as an understanding that life is dynamic, and things that are fixated tend to stop breathing.
Once a year we are invited to meet the commitments we made: to ourselves, to each other, to the Divine.
Brigid calls us once a year to reaffirm our commitment to our Spiritual Path, regardless of it’s nature. This has been one of the most stabilizing anchors in my spiritual practice for over 25 years now. I invite you to incorporate it into your life and practices.
On Brigid’s Day (February 1st or 2nd) take time to ponder your commitment to the Divine. Who is the Divine for you? In what ways do you relate to the Divine? How often? Do you Meditate? Pray? Create a ceremony? Dance? What are all the ways that help you open your heart, and bring you closer to the Divine? Find your inner answers, and make time to consciously and intentionally commit to these practices, or to new ones, for one year, until Next February 1st!