5 Steps to Cultivate a Nourishing Spiritual Practice

Updated: May 28, 2020

This is an addition to my latest blog post:

An Invitation to Spiritual Surrender - How to Let Go During Times of Uncertainty

Whether you are experienced within your spiritual practices or this is the beginning of your spiritual practice - this is for you. Welcome!

My main advice up front … start small and celebrate yourself every step of the way.

A spiritual practice does not have to take a lot of time, especially if you are just starting out. Here are the 5 steps to cultivate a nourishing spiritual practice:

1. Set aside 3-5 minutes of uninterrupted time.

Anyone can do this - even if you have kiddos. It is okay to tell your family/kiddos to give you 3-5 minutes of alone/quiet time. Some of you might be thinking “Brooke, you have lost your mind - my family would never do such a thing!” Real talk: if this is new to them - it will take some time to adjust (it won't be perfect) and that’s okay. But remember, you are a powerful person. You have the capability to set boundaries with your family/children. Over time, they will understand the importance to you AND it will teach them the importance of taking time for themselves. You can do this.

2. Set your space. Clear any clutter away.

Personally, my space is in my closet. I have an alter with things that cleanse my energy and fill me with joy - candles, sage/palo santo/incense, crystals, mala beads, oracle cards, journal, rocks from CA and seashells from FL. I have a blanket to lay back on if I want to lie down or a large pillow to sit on if I want to sit up.

3. Set the tone. Play relaxing music.

This is really helpful for me. Music grounds me into my space and helps my body to relax. It also gives my often wandering mind something to focus on. A few suggestions: binaural beats; jazz/classical; cleansing space music.

4. Remember the 3 P’s - Permission, Position, Pace of breath

Give yourself Permission to sit within this practice for your desired allotted amount of time. This is important. Find a Position that feels really good to you. One of my meditation teachers, Davidji, always says: “comfort is queen”. If we are not comfortable, then we are most likely not going to come back to the practice. Pace of breath is slow and steady - breathing into the whole entire torso, from the belly up to the collar bones.

Click Here for a short 2 minute video of a breath that is scientifically shown to bring you into a state of peace and relaxation. Plus it was recorded in Tulum, Mexico (I miss that beautiful place dearly). Enjoy!

5. Practice. This is your spiritual practice.

Here are the prompts from the latest blog post to give you some direction:

  • Begin a conversation with your Higher Power (as if he/she/they are a close friend).

  • Speak (inwardly or out loud) or write on your struggles, your fears, your gratitude, your emotions, your thoughts - everything and anything that is coming up into your experience - in this moment. If nothing comes through right away, that’s okay, sit with it for a minute and then see what comes through.