I don't head off to a church/temple/synagogue/place of worship every week. Nor do I religiously read the Bible/Torah/Vedas/Any Sacred Text. I don't abide by any strict dogma that governs my free will.
But I do believe in morality. I do believe in doing no harm. And I do see the divine and unity in all that exists. I feel the benevolent, creative source residing in all matter. And I do believe it's deserving of recognition and praise through regular spiritual practice. It's why I intentionally cultivate and practice my own rituals designed to nurture my spirit and show reverence for the cosmic and earthly realms.
When it comes to cultivating your own spiritual practice, what you do and how you do it are completely up to you. I'll share some ideas for daily rituals and practices you can do in a future post. But if you really want to be successful at connecting with God/the Universe/your intuition/your higher self/(fill in your own blank), consider these three things first:
Determine What Is Sacred
The first step in cultivating your personal spiritual practice is deciding what's sacred to you. Personally, I find the divine in nature and tune into the natural rhythms and cycles of my inner and outer worlds. Everything vibrates at a certain frequency, and it's up to you to find those frequencies resonating with you. To do that, pay attention to what floods you with pure joy: you may find it in a philosophy of your own creation, you might deeply resonate with Buddha's teachings, or perhaps you see the divine in a unicorn-shaped rock in your backyard. You're an ever-evolving spiritual being in a very magical, mysterious world so allow yourself to flow naturally.
Practice Rituals Regularly
Having certain acts of devotion are how you can mindfully set your intentions. While you're conducting your rituals, be completely in the moment, visualizing and feeling your intention. Your rituals can be as simple as lighting an incense each day or as a complex as crafting a church-style ceremony. As a personal practice, it's up to you how often you complete these rituals: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, seasonal. Choose what feels good to you and fits into your schedule in a way that doesn't make you feel stressed. After all, your practice is a time to let go of inner and outer stressors.
It's called a practice for a reason. Resolving to take time and effort away from the mundane world's endless grind is challenging for many of us. But no matter how much you talk about doing something, nothing manifests unless you put some Mars energy and action behind it. Just like you show up to work and to pick the children up from school - show up for your practice. You have the freedom to carve it into your life in a way that fits perfectly - so really, you have no excuse.