December is always a special month for me: not only is this the most festive and fun month of the year but it is the completion of another one. And, it is also my birthday month! It always seems that December is the month that moves and goes faster: between the Holiday celebrations and parties, the commercial buzz, and the fact that it seems that time is running out as the year is coming to an end. The energy around us feels stronger.
Many of us look forward to January in order to reset and reestablish our goals and routines. Last year I remember I had a pretty mellow end of December and a very relaxing and grounding beginning of 2017. As I look back, I realize how far I've come and all the changes that have made me who I am moving into 2018. The biggest change has been developing a strong spiritual practice and routine and making it a priority in my life, even on the busiest days.
This spiritual practice is the result of realizing that there was a part of my life that needed change. There was a disconnection from who I really am that required a shift in order to get to that more deeper and intimate connection with the biggest questions in my life: "Who am I? What do I really, really, really want? What is my purpose? What am I grateful for?", questions I was reminded in part during a meditation retreat at the Chopra Center a couple of weeks ago.
My intention with sharing the routine I created for myself with you is to let you know that no matter how busy you feel you are, prioritizing what matters most is the deepest exercise on growth and self-care. As my friend and intuitive master Shawna Allard (author of the book "Knowing") will tell you, you will be looking forward to your meditation time, nothing will beat it.
Here is my routine:
Right after waking up: 30 minutes of meditation, followed with written intentions for the day
Evening routine (around sunset or right before bed): 30 mins of meditation, followed by writing gratitude's and a recapitulation of the day, followed by visualization while going to sleep
"We are spiritual beings having a human experience." I keep hearing this quote everywhere, especially from my friend Dale Bach. How often are we aware of this? How often do we actually believe it? The only way to really grasp this concept is by practicing and growing your connection with it. As a dancer I used to be guided by the "practice makes perfect" idea. Now I'd like to change it to "practice makes present" as my daily goal.