A definition of Spiritual Practice:
Any conscious action or experience
emerging from your center,
motivated by the intention of
understanding the whole of your being,
physical and spiritual,
body, mind, heart, spirit and soul.
The primary foundation of Spiritual Practice is Intention.
Without intention, any spiritual practice can become hollow and its outcomes illusory.
Without intention, prayer loses its heart and meditation becomes mindless, useless repetition.
With intention, simple daily tasks such as washing the dishes and sweeping the floor can become revealing and uplifting, portals to deeper connection and new-found clarity.
Spiritual Practice allows rather than dictates or controls.
The whole point is to learn something new about yourself.
If you take the approach of I KNOW, then you will miss the opportunity for I LEARN.
I LEARN is the point of view where you have the chance to gather new perspectives and understanding about yourself and the flow of your life.
I LEARN is understanding the difference between being closed and being opened.
I LEARN is also the awareness that the ability to be open develops gradually and progressively.
Being open to learn brings the awareness that you always have the opportunity to open further and deeper than before.
The thoughtless reaction of I KNOW is fueled by a need to control.
I KNOW closes the debate, rejects the possibilities.
I KNOW refuses to acknowledge that there is always more to learn and explore.
I LEARN stands open to considering whatever may come forward within experience and awareness.
Whereas I KNOW is terrified of what may come and this fear attempts to dictate the form and the content of experience and of life.
In any spiritual practice, the choice is I LEARN.
Any action or experience in your life can be Spiritual Practice.
Living life is the best spiritual practice there is.
Everything you need is there waiting for you, ready to support your BE-ing and becoming.
Rather than separating physical from spiritual, your intention can integrate the two, unifying all of your life within the perspective of the whole.
Thus, what I call spiritual practice is always offered to you as an opportunity to experience life with intention.
Ritual and spiritual practice are not effective because of their individual forms but because of the experience that moves within you as you engage in the process of the practice.
Spiritual Practice begins with your consideration of what practice to choose.
Your consideration as you approach your practice initiates movement within and ignites your first awareness of possible intention.
The process of your choice begins the process of spiritual practice.
You may choose a practice for reasons which may not be entirely clear at first.
Just the simple recognition that this is something to do may be the initial intention.
Or you may feel or know more distinctly your motivation and intention.
Either is fine because the process of the practice will reveal additional layers of meaning and intention.
The place of I LEARN will allow these layers of intention to come forward into your experience and awareness.
The process of Spiritual Practice is a revealing over time of BE-ing, of clues and hints towards blocks, obstacles and possibilities for clarity and truth.
Your entire experience from consideration, engagement and completion, even if the experience lasts but a moment, is the process of spiritual practice.
From the moment you begin, the motion of your intention initiates the flow of your learning and understanding.
The effects begin in the first moment and continue throughout the entire process of spiritual practice.