From The Sunrise Ruby by Rumi
“Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.”
Gaining insight and attaining a place of peace and quietness is not arrived at by sporadic moments of paying attention and practicing presence. Staying on the path and being mindful of Spirit by being true to our daily practices, is what grants us an entry and an abiding within the inner sanctum.
There are times when my daily practices seem empty, but I give myself up to them regardless. It’s a matter of discipline, which means to remember what I want. My heart hungers for continuous unfolding into wholeness. I long to grow in compassion and love, and to have peace rule my physical and soul house.
When we continuously and consciously set ourself before creator energy in a ,”here I am mentality that thirsts for more of the divine, “we do receive what we need most. I call it showing up, and if we don’t take the time to show up for what matters, how can we expect to have more of the divine mystery that we long for.
Here are a few of the daily rituals I practice. I do some of them every day, throughout the day, but I do not do all of them every day. What works for me is to go with what is calling to me at any particular time.
1. Practice deep conscious breathing
3. Writing my feelings and observations
4. Reading poetry (My favorites are Rumi, David Whyte and Mary Oliver)
5. Lighting candles on my altar
6. Writing in my gratitude journal
7. Listening quietly to the sounds around me
8. Slow,relaxing walks where I notice trees, grass, flowers, people, etc.
9. Mindfulness, which is a practice that teaches moment-to-moment awareness.
10. Let at least one person in my world know I care about them.
It does not matter whether I feel like knocking at the door or giving myself up to a ritual, I do it anyway. Practicing daily rituals is part of practicing spirituality.
I’ve listed only a few ways of maintaining connection to Spirit. What daily practices do you do? Please let me know so I can compile a list and share with all of my readers.