Are you wondering how to live more spiritually?
Clients and students often ask me for suggestions on how to live more spiritually.
How can they align their daily lives, work, and experiences with their Soul purpose?
How can they express more of their true, authentic selves? How can they live their spiritual beliefs and values?
Spirituality – and how you practice and develop your own spirituality – is deeply unique to each person.
But there are some specific practices I recommend to people who want to live more spiritually and in alignment with who they really are.
I encourage you to explore which of these practices resonate with you, and then make them your own.
These practices are suitable for beginners on the path or as ongoing rituals for people who have been on the spiritual path for a while. I myself continue to use these practices on a daily or weekly basis to stay centered, explore new areas of my inner world, and deepen my spiritual connection.
Practice #1: Meditation
Meditation is completely mainstream by now. It’s often the first practice – along with yoga – that can help support you as you move through a spiritual awakening.
There are so many different kinds of meditation to choose from, including:
- loving-kindness meditation
- mindfulness meditation
- guided meditation (visualization)
- walking meditation
- Zen meditation (also known as Zazen)
- transcendental meditation
More important than the kind of meditation you choose is how you approach your meditation practice.
The most important idea here is to release any and all expectations for what “should” or must happen. It’s also important to set a clear, mindful intention of opening up to receive whatever is needed through your meditation practice, without holding on tightly to any preconceived ideas or specific outcomes.
Practice #2: Journaling
Journaling is one of the most convenient, cheapest, and easiest ways to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and live more spiritually.
The more regularly you journal, the faster you will develop new insights about yourself and what really matters to you. Journaling can also help you uncover subconscious beliefs and motivations, deal with challenges, and release pent-up emotions in a safe space.
I recommend that you establish your own method and routine for journaling, but you can check out my method and 12 journaling prompts for healing to get inspired.
Practice #3: Daily Card Pull
Working with cards is also a common practice used by both beginners and more advanced spiritual seekers.
Once you’re comfortable with oracle cards and have developed some skills in reading cards intuitively, you can move into working with the Tarot. Here are some recommended Tarot decks:
- Rider Waite Smith Tarot (the best learning and teaching deck)
- Modern Witch Tarot
- The Wild Unknown Tarot
- The Light Seer’s Tarot
I recommend pulling one card per day, either in the morning or the evening, in response to a specific question.
You can check out my post on how to phrase questions for your cards, along with 20 sample questions to get started.
Practice #4: Shamanic Journeying
Shamanic journeying is essentially a deeper and more involved form of meditation/visualization based on the principles of Shamanism.
Typically, a shamanic journey is accompanied by drumming.
It’s helpful to have a clear intention for each journey. For example, do you intend to journey to a specific place? Do you intend to journey to meet with a power animal (often the first intention for journeying) or to receive guidance about a specific question? Being clear about this and having a focused intention will help to make each journey more illuminating.
You can also journey simply to relax or to drop down into your heart. Ultimately, the purpose of a shamanic journey is to travel into the spirit world by sending your consciousness there.
To learn more, I recommend this helpful overview.
Practice #5: Intuition Development
Developing your intuition is key if you want to live more spiritually and connect with your spirit guides.
Most of us have learned, over time, to override, ignore, or suppress our intuition and listen to the “rational” mind instead (or to what other people tell us).
The first step in developing your intuition is to silence external voices – including the voices of family, culture, and society. It’s also important to silence the internal voices of your ego mind, limiting beliefs, and logical brain. This takes time and work (but all of the suggested practices above can help you get there).
Trust and detachment are two essential pillars in working with your intuition.
You must cultivate trust in your own abilities and in the information, intuitive nudges, or guidance you receive. This guidance can come in many different forms: visual/imagistic, sensory, as feelings or emotions, or as physical sensations. Pay attention and trust.
Detachment is also important because you must release all expectations of how intuition works. You must allow it to develop organically and with a spirit of experimentation and openness. Always detach from any specific outcome and open up to receive whatever is most needed in each moment.
You can also explore my guide on how to communicate with your spirit guides.
I hope these practices will be useful! And that they inspire you to live more spiritually in whatever way feels most aligned and truthful for you.