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Practice makes perfect—or so the saying goes. There really is no such thing as perfection, but there is some truth to the proverb. When we practice, we grow more proficient. It seems strange to think that we might need to practice taking care of our spiritual selves, but we do. And this is the idea behind a daily spiritual practice.

What Is A Daily Spiritual Practice?

A daily spiritual practice refers to any ritual that we perform each day to nur­ture our deep inner being. A spiritual practice quiets the mind and brings us into a state of peace or harmony with ourselves. A spiritual practice can take many forms—but it is not the form that matters so much as the intent. In fact, a spiritual practice does not even need to be explicitly spiritual to be effective. It simply needs to be something that helps you turn inward and connect with your own truth and purpose.

You do not need to be religious or even spiritual to benefit from develop­ing a spiritual practice. A daily spiritual practice is not about dogma or wor­ship; it is about tuning in to your own sense of spirit.

Types of Spiritual Practices

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There are countless activities and rituals that could be deemed spiritual practices. Anything that allows you to quiet your mind and connect with your deepest self could be considered a spiritual practice. Here are some ideas:

  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Writing in a journal
  • Reading spiritual texts
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Qigong
  • Going for a walk
  • Painting
  • Dancing
  • Keeping a gratitude journal
  • Singing/chanting

Developing a Spiritual Practice

Developing a daily spiritual practice is a deeply personal process. Take some time to reflect on what will serve you: Identify an activity that helps you feel a sense of peace and connection; then commit to setting aside time each day for your spiritual practice. Many people choose to perform their spiritual prac­tice first thing in the morning before their day can get away from them. Set a time that works for you.

Most experts will tell you that prac­ticing meditation for five minutes each day is more valuable than practicing for 20 minutes once a week. The key to meditation—or any spiritual practice—is consistency. Remember, it is a commit­ment to nurturing yourself. That is one promise you want to keep!