Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spiritual Practice: Habit

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle

What is one habit that you should drop? What can you replace it with?

Practice: Create a habit of quiet time each day for contemplation and reflection to create an intimate relationship with self.

Feeding upon a spiritual way 
of life, we receive the nourishment we need to continually expand

To let go of behaviors that 

protect us against fear is 

difficult,fear is compelling and 

can be overwhelming.

Practice: Whenever fear crops up (and it always does - the reaction to it is what is important) create a habit that immediately sets the intention to release it. Blow bubbles and pop them breaking the fear. Write it on a piece of paper and burn it or put it through your work shredder. Straighten out a paper clip with the intention fear no longer clips (binds) you.

Be mindful of your behavior in all situations, spiritual development depends on mental discipline until it becomes habit. It is a long path that requires balance and we are rewarded with colorful experiences. David Bennett

Practice:  Singing and dancing - drumming and chanting.  When we celebrate in a spiritual way we are praising and rejoicing Spirit.  When we make a habit of rejoicing the more grateful we find ourselves.

Practice: Pray - it is through the act of prayer - to whomever you pray - develops hope, peace, and guidance. Just as we listen to Spirit we must also too ask of Spirit to assist us in creating or breaking habits.

Community - we assemble in community to nurture and support one another.  When we isolate we allow fear and doubt to be our only companions   It is in community that we can be of service.

Practice:  Community - make it a habit of assembling with others so that you can make a habit of service.