The importance of a solid, consistent daily practice cannot be overstated. Practice is anything and everything that connects you to your Higher Self, that centers you, clears your mind, and allows you to come back to the present moment. Meditation, deep breathing, yoga asana, hoop dancing, spontaneous movement, lucid dreaming, going for walks in nature, getting grounded, breathing the fresh salt air of the ocean…all of these things can be a practice. Whether it is making gratitude lists or setting intentions, it is fundamentally essential to do so regularly in order to strengthen the practice and make it a part of your daily life. This can be difficult when life gets the best of us. Perhaps we think we are just too busy, that there are not enough hours in the day to have a daily practice. However, time is merely an illusion of our 3 dimensional reality. In truth, if we focus on making time to connect with nature, to meditate, or to exercise, we will be able to do so, and time will expand as needed. Recall a time when you were completely immersed in the present moment, in the bliss and joy of the Now, and it is clear that time was not a solid boundary, but fluid and graceful as the flow of the Universe itself.
The ego is often the main obstacle to cultivating a daily practice. The mind can and will think of a thousand and one reasons why you shouldn’t meditate, why you should do anything other than devoting yourself to your yoga practice or exercising. The ego concocts all of these grand ideas to limit us, to keep us stuck in fear. If we look deeply, however, we will find that the ego’s little tricks are merely an illusion. Devotion and dedication can be embraced if we acknowledge our inner power. We must make the conscious mental shift that we are truly worthy of having a daily practice, and of investing time and energy to self-development and radical self love. This shift in perception can occur in an instant if we so choose. Commit to creating a life of your dreams. Make yourself proud.
The message that I have been getting lately is, “Just keep going.” To me, this means approaching my daily practices with love and enthusiasm, and without hesitation. In order to fully embrace my authenticity and be the compassionate, loving goddess I want to be, I must trust that I am on the right path, that I am doing the right thing. And whatever little tricks the ego comes up with, I just have to keep going. In addition to the ego, another obstacle is my perception of time, and misbelieving that I do not have enough of it. However, when I tune into my intuition, I trust that being in the present moment is all I need to do. Focus on the Now and time will expand as needed. When I come from a place of abundance and awareness, it is easier to hear the small, loving voice that whispers, “Just keep going. You are on the right path. You are being guided each step of the way.”