Make Your Daily Practice a Priority

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If you are reading this then you have come to a place where you are open to clear space for daily practice. Congratulations! You have already begun to prioritize your spiritual ascension over the common distractions of everyday life. In this process, you may find that you struggle with creating space for daily ritual. Let me reassure you, your daily practice can look however you will it and retain the power you intend!

Daily practice does not have to be framed a certain way. It does not have to be done according to someone’s particular standards or your own ‘perfect’ way of doing things or even at a specific time of day. What you are looking for is a springboard for your dedication to your divine self.

Find what works for you

©Jeff Hopper

Be it using the elements of nature, a walking meditation or becoming more familiar with your personal space and altar, make a selection that will be enjoyable to you and not too complicated.

Toren’s founder Kriyanna Elumen has woven tantric and qabalah practices into many of her teachings. She asks Source directly when she seeks guidance. One of her favorite books to recommend is The Mystical Qubalah by Dion Fortune. Kriyanna will be teaching ritual work in classes from our Foundation series at the beginning of the new year.

Collective member, Claire Johnson, described how Eckhart Tolle’s, A New Earth was one of the first that transformed her life “in truly profound ways.” These teachings laid the foundation for her spiritual practice to blossom.

Indie Schmidt who teaches at the Collective, co-leads our moon ceremonies and is our resident Ganesh energy embodied, suggests weaving sound into your practice. Some of her favorites are the album Loveland by Jai Uttal and Ben Lienbach, as well as the The Chakra Healing Album by Sophia Songhealer.

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Jade, another Toren member who works in the Sacred Lounge and Gallery, has integrated ritual into Toren’s monthly New and Full Moon Ceremonies by way of bittersweet chocolate, tarot readings and song!

Step up the Task

One way of taking action is by attaching your practice to an already established action in your daily routine. For instance if you wanted to start doing sit-ups every morning you could trigger the new habit by placing it right after the action of your feet hitting the floor when you get out of bed.

Dr. Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, uses a cognitive defusion technique called 10 deep breathes:

Take Ten Breaths

  1. Throughout the day, pause for a moment and take ten slow, deep breaths. Focus on breathing out as slowly as possible, until the lungs are completely empty, and breathing in using your diaphragm.
  2. Notice the sensations of your lungs emptying and your ribcage falling as you breathe out. Notice the rising and falling of your abdomen.
  3. Notice what thoughts are passing through your mind. Notice what feelings are passing through your body.
  4. Observe those thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad, and without trying to change them, avoid them, or hold onto them. Simply observe them.
  5. Notice what it’s like to observe those thoughts and feelings with an attitude of acceptance.

For busy people, this can be practiced ANYWHERE. A favorite story of our founder Kriyanna is an epic mediation session she had while waiting for a medical appointment in a noisy office!

You will soon find that if you consistently practice, it will become as much a part of you as setting your feet upon the floor when you get out of bed in the morning. You will know yourself and it will refine you. If you skip your practice, you might find yourself tripping all over your day just as if you missed planting your feet on the floor before trying to walk.

In our next blog we will examine what a Sacred Space is and discuss more ancient tools available to help you navigate this modern world.
Sara Bee

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