In your outer life
If you can feel
consciously and soulfully happy
Even while doing
Ordinary, mundane things,
God will consider this
Your real meditation
We all go through rough patches. Life gets busy and stressful, and that can affect our ability/desire to meditate. Worrying about work or school, trying to stave off a cold, and trying to plan life in general, does not exactly create a Zen mood that is conducive to meditation. So maybe you tell yourself that you’ll meditate when you “have more time.” Go ahead…raise your hand if you’ve done that. *raises hand!* Well, like me, you’ve probably found that this can lead to loooong periods of not meditating at all because you keep thinking you’ll be able to find time the next day.
What would really help, is if you do something simple every day (or every other day) to keep your spiritual life healthy. So, the next time you get stuck, try using some of the methods discussed below to help maintain your meditation practice.
- Work with something that you connect with easily and that you enjoy using. For me it’s usually crystals and tarot. Even when I have trouble meditating, I just lay down with a crystal (or several) and let them do their thing! When you are stressed, try not to do too many actual tarot readings because it’s hard to stay objective; and you might just end up confusing yourself more. Instead, you can pull a card each morning and meditate on that card. It helps give you some focus and guidance during the day. (If you aren’t comfortable using the Tarot, you can purchase Oracle cards. Some of them have messages written on them are especially good for daily guidance.)
- Light candles instead of turning on the lights.(But make sure you don’t end up straining your eyes. Go ahead and use a lamp if you’re going to read!) Candlelight is always so soothing, and it puts you into a relaxed and receptive state. So even if you don’t meditate, your consciousness is still being brought into a state of openness and creativity. Just think of the Goddess Brigid’s flames of inspiration.
- Write in your journal, or write a letter to God/dess or your Angels. It’s a wonderful way to sort through your thoughts. Write what you are grateful for, what you are nervous or fearful about, what you need guidance about. Write about the big things and the little things. Just let it all out. It’s between you and your Spiritual Team (and they love you and want to help you! Just ask!)
- Listen to music and dance. Sound is such a powerful tool. Ohm: the sound of creation. So listen to music that soothes, uplifts and empowers you. Listen to songs that you connect with good memories that’ll make you laugh! And dance! Your entire being (including your body) is a manifestation of Spirit’s creative force. So using your body as a way to connect with the Divine through dance is not wrong. Dance like a god/dess. Dance like you are the wind soaring over plains. Dance like you are a thunderstorm. Dance by yourself, with your partner, with friend…just dance! (And of course playing an instrument falls under this category!!!!!!)
- Pray. Say the prayers or invocations that make you feel reassured. Say the Rosary, recite mantras, read the Charge of the God/dess, state affirmations, read from Sacred Texts. Write your own prayers
- Make sure you bless your food and water. It really helps. Appreciate and be aware of the food you are putting into your body. I personally find tea to be incredibly comforting. Plus I love the blend of water and earth! The way the herbs infuse the water and transform it into something else entirely is a magickal process – alchemy.
These methods don’t require a lot of time, and they can help you regain and maintain your spiritual, emotional and mental balance. Give it a try!
What other methods do you use to maintain your meditation practice? Comment below!