"Go within every day and find the inner strength, so that the world will not blow your candle out." ~Katherine Dunham
This past week, I had an exceptionally busy week at my job. I was working so much and not utilizing my downtime to recharge my batteries. I found myself falling into my old patterns of watching too much TV or playing video games (things I have found for me that allow me to zone out, but do not really energize me). After about 5 days of this, I became a little more sad, down, anxious and my worries increased. One day, I woke up and realized that I hadn't been doing any of my spiritual meditation, learning, or resting in that time frame.
I started looking back at all I had done and accomplished spiritually, mentally and physically in the past several months. I had an epiphany... I had been going inside myself to recharge and listen for that inner wisdom on a daily basis (well, I have missed a day here and there)! Could there be something to this? All the spiritual masters I have come across in my lifetime have some sort of daily meditation practice that they do. Science has also proven that meditation lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and improves overall health. I like to think of it as something that I do daily to keep me happy and healthy (like brushing my teeth).
Here is my daily practice (this is fluid and changes as I grow and learn)... In the morning before I get out of bed, I go into my heart, pray and set my intention for the day (what do I want to accomplish today? what would I like to see happen today? what inspiration do I need today?... or whatever it is that I need and require on this day). Then from my heart space, I expand the love outwards and form a bubble of love and light around me. This helps me throughout my day by keeping me in a positive frame of mind and not allowing negative situations to ruin my entire day. They happen, but I let them go and move on about my day. In the evenings, I try to write or journal, do something creative or meditate (sometimes a combination of all of them!). For me this helps focus my thoughts and feelings. When I lay down to go to sleep at night, I listen to some restful music and focus my energy on wiping away any stressors from the day, then drift blissfully into dreamland (still working on remembering them though).
Keep in mind, this is my daily practice and what works for me. Each of us have different passions, likes and ways of doing prayer or meditation. I encourage each of you to find what works for you and do this daily. Allow it to evolve and shift as you do.
In doing this, the candle of God source energy inside of me stays brightly lit. When all of our candles are shining brightly this world is a great place!
Love to you all,