Q: One of my New Year's Intentions was to start a daily practice. I’m frustrated because I haven’t started yet! How do I get started?
I find certain times of the year lend themselves to me creating new habits or routines for myself: the New Year, the Solstices & Equinoxes and my birthday. But remember, EVERY DAY is a new day, a new opportunity, to start anew, to recommit, or to pivot. So the fact that it's not a certain time of year is not meant to be another reason to delay your personal success.
I like to use these times throughout the year as opportunities for reflection and preparation for what’s ahead. And because they happen throughout the year, I’m able to break my intentions and goals up into smaller pieces which keeps me motivated.
A daily ritual or spiritual practice is key to building your reserves so you can manage life’s challenges with grace and compassion for yourself and others. Think of it like you’re stopping at the gas station every evening to top off your tank. A daily practice does just this, fills your tank every day so that you’re never empty, never running on fumes and always have plenty of reserves when you need them.
As human beings we tend to stand in the way to our own salvation by making things so much harder than they need to be. Discipline isn’t something certain people are born with, but it IS something we’re all capable of creating with daily activity. All that’s required is for you to take time each day to devote to YOU and the nourishment of your soul.
Here are 5 simple steps to create a daily practice:
A daily practice builds your reserve and increases your discipline and self-esteem.
Don’t wait. Commit to yourself. Start today.
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