People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
One of the best ways to manage anxiety, overwhelm and loss of sense of self is through mindfulness. Today I want to remind you of the importance of having a regular mindful spiritual practice to nurture and guide you during these unusual and stressful times. We’re living with instability, and that isn’t going to change any time soon. Now, more than ever, we need practical spirituality – practical spirituality always brings us back to ourselves, to our breath, to this moment, and to our hearts.
There’s not much point in having a spiritual practice that has nothing to do with your daily life, and which provides no real support, guidance or comfort. Those are the kinds of things might have their place when we are NOT in crisis, and can explore ideas because we have the luxury of safety, security, abundance and certainty. But now? We need to do all we can to give ourselves a platform of calm, wisdom and grace in the face of hardship.
So, it’s time to lean in to the practices that DO support, comfort and guide us. Things that help us to become a better version of ourselves.
For you a mindful spiritual practice might be meditation, tending a garden, yoga, a daily walk, or regular journalling. It might be making bread by hand, daily gratitude, weekend paddle-boarding, surfing or hiking (yes, this kind of stuff can be a spiritual practice if it encourages calm, mindfulness and relaxation), doing a weekly planning session, writing or making art, pulling a guiding card and reflecting on the wisdom it shows you, spending more time in nature, or doing breathwork each morning.
Creating space in your routine for these things, and then doing them often so that they become habits or rituals, will strengthen your ability to cope with stress, increase intuition and self-trust, ground you in yourself, and give you more emotional resilience.
I also appreciate the teachings of the Stoics for inspiring me to live a better life, as well as helping me face life’s challenges.
If you had a regular practice that you let go, it’s time to get back on board with it. If you’ve always wanted to start, there’s no time like the present. By embracing practical spirituality you will be supporting yourself AND flowing a more positive and stable vibration out into the world, and we need as much of that as we can get!
I’d love to hear what your favourite practical spiritual practices are, and how they help you. Let me know in the comments below, or over on Facebook. Your comments might inspire someone else to try them, and that would be wonderful!
Sending you love, and the inner peace that mindfulness brings, Nicole xx