'Have a long-term committed relationship with your spiritual practices. Let them be part of your daily bread, nothing special. And yet so much magic. This is powerful medicine. Keep on showing up. Cultivate this long-term relationship. Many days; many, many days.' Guru Jagat
One of the things I have become most interested in as a practitioner of yoga is the sustenance of a daily practice. What it means to keep showing up for my practice over many days, weeks and years. I have found some practices 'stick' and serve me for decades. Others come and go. Both have value but it is in the 'sticky' practices that true benefit has unfolded.
What we do not own, what is not a part of who we really are is our anxiety, our ancestral baggage, our traumas and our dramas. We may think or even feel that these things define us but the truth, the real truth is that we are defined by knowing our spirit-soul which is so much more than this external 'stuff'. How to experience the true nature of your spirit-soul in everyday life? Through consistent practice. It's the only way to uncover the layers of dust and identity shrouding the true Self.
This means we have to choose some daily practices and commit to them wholeheartedly and for a long time. At this time in our culture making a commitment and finding focus are both extremely difficult things to do. We chop and change our relationships, our jobs, our homes (even the country we live in), our hairstyles and our hobbies. Many of us apply the same changeable temperament to our spiritual practices, we dabble for a while in this and that but never really commit to one thing for a duration. Spiritual masters across time and of varying backgrounds have highlighted the importance of consistency and repetition. My teacher Sharon Gannon from Jivamukti Yoga says 'through repetition the magic is forced to arise'. Shrila Prabhupada the great Bhakti Yoga master also said better results will come if you commit to a short and simple practice everyday than a longer or more elaborate practice intermittently. He added 'don't miss your effort once the vow is made, and if you do take double the next day. This is how you will get blessings and the showering of Grace.'
It almost doesn’t matter what practice you undertake, the importance is in the commitment. As an old saying goes ‘love the one you’re with’.
‘A strong nervous system is required to take risks in life, business and relationships. When the nervous system is strong you build your life narrative in courage and in being willing to fail. Consistent spiritual practices help you to learn to grab your success. Focus and be careful about what you’re grabbing. Chanting your mantra will help you know when an opportunity is appropriate for you and when to grab it. The mantra will help you to know when to pull an opportunity into your auric field and orbit. In this way you draw opportunity into your sphere of influence, your ‘home base’. You hold an opportunity, activate it, grab it and ground it in your aura. The mantra is sticky, it holds and grounds success so you can enjoy it. You have to be vibrationally fit for this. Cultivate dignity. Make every act count. Chant your mantra and remember God.’ Guru Jagat