“Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” - Grand Master Oogway
Engaging in daily spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga and prayer are excellent ways to calm the mind, relax the body, and reduce stress and anxiety in your daily life. However, spiritual practices and traditions have been performed for thousands of years for a deeper purpose: to help us journey inward and connect our soul with Spirit. The goal is to move from our conscious, waking mind, to perception and listening to our unconscious/inner mind.
Most spiritual practices are designed to make you gradually feel more comfortable operating in a realm that you cannot control. By engaging in these practices on a daily basis, you slowly improve your ability to release your thoughts from the conscious world and allow your mind to journey inward at your pace. Through encouraging your mind to settle, you learn to become more receptive, allowing the answers from your unconscious mind to become clear. You begin to embrace and invite the feelings and messages into your conscious mind in order to benefit your daily existence. This is the pathway to mind-body-spirit integration as you allow your Self and your Soul to work together in this life, opening that pathway between the conscious and inner mind so you can live more authentic life (meditation, dreamwork, altered states)
The type/duration of practice is up to you. It can be a 10 second daily ritual of just saying thank you to Spirit when something goes your way, or you can embark on a much deeper exploration like a 10-day food restriction fast or vow of silence. Here are just a few examples of spiritual practices that can aid your journey inward:
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