I’m so excited to share this 4-part series called:
How Do I Begin a Spiritual Practice?
Lately, I’ve connected with people experiencing Reiki for the first time. It’s pretty cool to hear what has brought them to Reiki. A friend’s suggestion; curiosity; a work situation; a loss; a new beginning; research; a chronic or debilitating health condition.
And people ask me, “What does Reiki mean to you?”
Well, Reiki is my spiritual practice born out of my curiosity, my creativity, and my desire for change.
So I’m wondering if anyone out there is asking or has asked themselves, “how do I begin my own spiritual practice?”
Because a spiritual practice is so important to me, I’m breaking it up into 4 parts: Curiosity, creativity, change, and am beginning with the focus on what spiritual practice itself even means.
I’m not going to give a step-by-step handbook for spiritual success. I simply believe us as people have a desire to know and understand that our lives have a purpose and a plan.
When I was a little girl, I’d often go to bed and lay awake overwhelmed by the longing to know why I was here. What was the purpose of life and why was I even alive. I’d feel so huge, so expansive, and yet so tiny at the same time. Have you ever felt that kind of overwhelm with the unknown? Looking back, I believe I yearned to know my spirit.
Spirit comes from the Latin verb “spirare” meaning to breathe and from the Latin noun “spiritus” meaning breath. Another definition of spirit is the “animating or vital principle in man and animals,” and another is “the nonphysical part of a person regarded as a person’s true self and as capable as surviving physical death or separation.” And some religions have made spirit synonymous with God.
The word “practice” also has Latin roots from “practizare,” which means to perform or carry out.
One way of looking at the question of “how do I begin a spiritual practice,” then is to ask:
How Do I Breathe?
Have you ever taken a moment to think in pure wonder and awe about yourbody’s ability to continuously breathe and how easily it breathes especially when you are not conscious of your breathing? I’m breathing as I create this Pearl and you are breathing as you read it. Or how the first thing a baby does after being born is to breathe?
How about this… All spiritual practice begins with the realization that you exist, you are here, and you are breathing. Your breath, your inhales and exhales are the “animating principle” within you. As you breathe, your spirit dwells inside of your body for a reason, a purpose, and a plan. Your life, your very breath, is your spiritual practice.
Now, here’s what I absolutely love, appreciate, and cherish about my breath: it is quiet. It never speaks. It never tells me what do do, how I should do it, or how wrong I am. My breath has no color, no shape, no form. And throughout all of my life’s experiences my breath, my spirit, simply and unconditionally breathes in and out, in and out. And yet, every natural aspect of this world, all spirit, breathes in and out just like I do.
Next week, I’ll be writing about curiosity as an aspect of beginning a spiritual practice, but for now I want to leave you with a question to reflect with:
In what ways is my breath cycle (my inhales and exhales) connecting me to life, my career, my creativity, my relationships, the natural world, my desires, my healing, the sacred?
Okay, so here’s the thing… I would absolutely love, love, love to work with you! I would love to sit with you, connect with you, offer to you loving touch and care, and to be with you on your journey to connecting to your body and your desires, your healing potential, and the whys to how Reiki just might bring you closer to your spirit and your spiritual practice.