What would your life be like if you were able to quickly recharge and re-energise your mind, body and spirit in a few minutes?
These spiritual practices will you help reduce the stress and pressure that seems to go hand in hand with life in the modern world. These exercises are similarly, for those moments when your energy and also maybe your balance, dips.
Here are 4 of our favourite spiritual practices:
1. Golden light
Close your eyes and mouth, and take a few gentle breathe through your nose to still yourself. Imagine that a beam of golden light is shining down from the cosmos onto the top of your head (your crown chakra). Continue breathing gently and with every inhalation, visualise that your breath is drawing the golden light into your body. Every time you exhale, any negativity, problems and stress gently expelled. Imagine this as a dark vapour which immediately gets neutralised when it makes contact with the air. Gently continue breathing in and out, until the golden light has filled your entire body. So much so, that your physical body is this dazzling form of golden light. Stay in the light as long as you like.
2. Earth energy
This creative visualisation taps into the power of mother nature, and the earth. Either sit outside with bare feet on the grass or imagine you are outside with bare feet on the grass. Close your eyes and mouth and take a few gentle breathe through your nose to still yourself. Do this and visualise beautiful roots beginning to grow from the soles of your feet and burrowing into the grass.
Begin slowly watching these roots, growing deeper and deeper. Imagine the roots deepening into the rich, brown soil, deeper and deeper into the earth. Roots growing downwards so deeply that like an enormous oak tree you are firmly rooted into the earth. Then visualise your roots tapping into the life force, and energy of Mother Nature, just as sparkling lights or waves of coloured light in just the same way the real roots draw up water. Picture this light travelling up your roots, and entering your body. As the light travels up your body, picture it washing, cleansing and re-energising every cell in your mind, body and spirit. Stay in this wonderful restorative energy as look as you like.
3. Mindful breathing
One quick way to recharge your energies is to step outside and get some fresh air. If you’re in the city, then is there a park nearby or a patch of grass nearby? Walk, stand, or sit straight, and un-hunch your back, drop your shoulders and lift your head up. Follow by closing your mouth, and breathing in and out gently through your nostrils. Be aware of the rise and fall of your chest, as you pay mindful attention to the flow of air in and out of your body. If a thought slips in, then just bring your attention back to your breathing. It is a wonderful way to energise the mind, body, and spirit. Staying with your breath is a wonderfully simple technique, to bring yourself back to the centre. Take time out from your busy mind, and recharge your system.
4. Mindful moment
This is another simple and effective exercise to do walking, standing, sitting either at your desk or outside. Simply begin to pay attention to everything that you can sense, see, hear and feel. Notice, in as much detail as possible the world around you. If it’s warm, tilt your head to the sky and feel the sun warm your face and body. Imagine the golden rays lighting up every cell and fibre of your being, right down to the very core of your being physically and spiritually.
The constant rush of modern life is incredibly taxing on the human body, in addition to this, we are simply not cut out for non-stop stress and pressure. It’s no wonder that our systems flag. These four short spiritual exercises all enable your mind and body to take a short break, to re-group and re-energise.
If you are new to this kind of work these exercises might take a little patience and practice. However, they are immensely worthwhile. These practices will make a profound difference to you are well being if you can incorporate some or all of them into your life regularly.
Let us know how you get on and as usual, if you have any questions please do email us at [email protected]
Fiona and Gav