Today we’re exploring practices for a subject that is too often neglected when it comes to spirituality: the body.
Practices that engage the body help to cultivate a holistic spirituality in a culture that often values the mind above all else. They call us back to the present moment and fill us with the energy needed to begin our days. When we incorporate the body into our Morning Ritual, we invite the very thing that makes us human to participate in our spiritual search, honoring the vessels that support our journeys day in and day out…
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my meaningful morning
My morning ritual is still taking shape, but with my breakfast in hand I go to my dedicated spot. This spot is where I do my writing, my dreaming, and work out my healing practice. I always begin meditating on a sacred text, anything from the Holy Scriptures, Rumi, or Mary Oliver, letting the language condition my mind towards kindness and awareness of the day. Then I hit my yoga mat and offer up an intuitive 20 minute practice based on the text I read. This movement allows me embody the words and listen to what my body may be saying. Lastly, my morning ritual is wrapped up with a breathing exercise that seals my practice and sends me off for the day. These rituals are necessary for me if I wish to be oriented for what the day will bring, and the loss is felt when I skip the routine altogether.