In my previous post, I talked about my personal spiritual practice. Here, I’ll begin a series of blog entries on them. Let’s visit them in reverse order.
A few months ago, I heard an online interview with cultural anthropologist (and fabulous tarot teacher, by the way!) Angeles Arrien. During the conversation, she spoke of a series of questions to ask oneself at the end of the day in order to become more conscious of one’s life and to integrate the day’s wisdom. There are nine of them: two groups of four and a single one. I keep them written on the back page of my journal in case I need a reminder. I simply ask each question and reflect for a few moments on whatever arises from the day’s experience, giving thanks at the end.
Here are the reflective/integrative questions that I pose:
- Who or what inspired me today?
- Who or what challenged me today?
- Who or what surprised me today?
- Who or what touched or moved me today?
- Where was I strengthened today?
- Where was I softened today?
- Where was I opened today?
- Where was I deepened today?
- For what am I grateful today/tonight?
Try it for a week and notice what happens. I find that my sleep is more nourishing, my dreams more vivid, and my mind more clear.