I often hear from readers, and even from Yoga teachers, that they’re struggling to find time for their own spiritual practice. They’d rather pass out in front of Neflix at night. Sure, I’ve also found it easier – the times are changing.
Global events seem to exhaust us, to literally beat us down. Open any newspaper and you’ll find yourself inundated with negativity and terror, not to mention social media. Even if you try to keep your distance, the heavy vibes are in the air. And they’re damn sticky.
And it’s exactly in times like these that we must stick to it. To cultivate a steady meditation or asana practice. This doesn’t only clean out our body and mind, but it sends peaceful energy into the world. Each and every one of us can participate. It is essential to believe in goodness, to continue to open our hearts, even if our daily lives can seem dark and difficult at times.
Spiritual practice can also mean moving through life to uplift others. Not constantly confronting others with your own negativity, tiredness or dissatisfaction. Actively spreading good vibes without being a clown about it. Or sometimes just keeping your mouth strategically shut.
Countering with uplifting acts
What can we do to uplift? Even small acts like smiling at someone on the street, understanding for someone who’s not expecting it, or a loving embrace – they’re all so important. Sharing. Giving your time. These are all bits of spiritual practice. We each have so many possibilities and tools for bringing more light into the world – and for receiving that light as well. We all need a bit more lightness, especially in times like these.
Our spiritual practice strengthens us in our daily lives and helps our system cope with the situations that confront us. Meditation makes more open and loving (at least we can work on it…), and supports us in connecting to the richness within. Asanas remove the tension form our bodies, strengthen and cleanse us. We should take time for these practices. EVERY day – even if just a few minutes. Especially when it’s hard. It’s in the resistance that the real Yoga starts to happen.
Task // Starting today, plan at least five minutes every day for your Sadhana (spiritual practice). Do it now!