At the moment, I define spirituality as anything that reminds me of my connection with my personal centre and with the Great Centre.
As someone who companions people in their journeys of remembering their innate creativity, resourcefulness, wisdom, and wholeness, it’s important for me to be as clear and centred as possible, a challenge in these times of sensory overload.
What does my personal centring practice look like? The morning begins with recitations, preferably on the balcony or at the windows overlooking many, many trees. These recitations include the Gokai (Five Precepts of Reiki), the motto of the Komyo Reiki Kai, the Seven Whispers (from Christina Baldwin), and my own personal phrase that emerged in a circle one evening. I also ask that I may be a healing presence to our world and that it may be the same for me. Then I give thanks for my innate wholeness and recite the Hail Mother (from Jennifer Berezan).
Another morning activity is to write in my journal, including my ideas about my tarot card for the day which I pull at random after asking something like, “What do I most need to know or learn today? What wisdom is it appropriate for me to live by today?”
Sometimes I also smudge myself with sage smoke with the intention to be clear of all that is not truly me.
All of this might look daunting and long-winded here on the page, but it actually takes only 15 to 20 minutes to carry out. Not a bad start to the day.
A newer practice for me takes place at night before I go to sleep. I ask myself a series of nine questions, inspired by Angeles Arrien, in order to review the day that has just passed and integrate its wisdom. Doing this has made my sleep more thorough and my dreams more vivid. It’s also helped me to be present with my own life and to see the value in my actions, words, and thoughts. I’ve become a better teacher to myself.
If I could sum up my practice in one phrase, it might be, “Be present; choose consciously.” It sounds simple. It is, and it’s constant work.
I’ll write about each specific practice over the next while. In the meantime…
What does YOUR personal spiritual/centring practice look like? What is your day like if you carry out this practice? What is it like if you put it off for the day? What one word, phrase, or image best sums up your spiritual/centring practice?