Prayer. Intention. Meditation. Reflection. Ritual.
Whatever you do, it’s all relative.
Starting your day off with a sacred ritual can have you feeling lighter, happier, and calmer about your day.
Of course, life isn’t always perfect. There are times when we are handed a curveball, and we have to figure out how to fit our spirituality practice into our day.
To put yourself first, you must make time for your faith.
You don’t have to be a spiritual goddess every day and that’s okay!
There will be mornings where you’re running late for work. Or, there could be an emergency or another pressing matter that needs your attention.
So, how do you stay connected to your faith on those crazy days?
Some of these following tips and tricks can help you out:
- Practice mindfulness
- Meditate for one to four minutes
- Meditate on your readings
- Take a walk
- Use your smartphone
- Set an intention for your day
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment.
The trick to mindfulness is that you should enjoy the present moment without judgment.
It’s known to improve your emotional and physical well-being.
Life gets crazy at times. We’re all guilty of rushing and getting in our heads.
You’re going through your to-do list in your head. You find yourself rushing to complete the necessary tasks you need to get done.
You’re trying to keep an eye on your kiddos in the other room while you’re folding the laundry.
You find yourself losing your connection to your higher power and the present moment.
While mindfulness is tied to Buddhism, most religions have used some type of prayer or meditation technique that allows you to shut off your mind and think about the larger perspective.
It has some powerful benefits such as relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, reducing chronic pain, improving sleep, and treating heart disease.
You can learn mindfulness on your own by listening to a guided meditation. Or, you can practice improving your concentration by focusing on your breath and allowing thoughts to come and go.
Taking up tai chi or yoga can also help you focus on the present moment. You can even practice mindfulness while cooking or driving.
The goal of mindfulness is to accept whatever arises and to let it go. It also involves being kind, loving, and forgiving to yourself.
If you find your mind wander into planning, daydreaming, or critiquing, take notice and gently redirect it back to the present. The best thing about this practice is that you can try again next time.
Meditate for one to four minutes
The great thing about meditation is that you don’t have to do it for an hour. Just a few minutes of meditation is all you need to have peace and clarity.
There are so many benefits to meditation. It can improve concentration, reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and increase happiness.
For some, it can bring you closer to your intuition or higher power, whichever is more important to you.
Don’t have time for your sacred daily ritual? That’s fine. Here are some of the meditations that I do every morning.
The One-Minute Breath
For one minute follow this breathing technique:
Breathe in for 5 seconds
Hold your breath for 5 seconds
Release for 5 seconds
Hold for 5 seconds
Find Peace In Your Pulse
Sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor.
Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).
The mantra (repeated phrase) is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).
The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.
On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.
Peace Begins With You
Gently press your thumb against your index finger, then your middle finger, then your ring finger, then your pinkie finger.
When you touch your index finger, say: PEACE
When you touch your middle finger, say: BEGINS
When you touch your ring finger, say: WITH
When you touch your pinkie finger, say: ME
Choose one that you can do for one minute. If you have more time, feel free to repeat it or do the remaining.
You can also repeat the following:
- A positive affirmation
- Your core desired feelings
- Your favorite Psalm or Gospel reading
- A prayer
- Your favorite mantra
You can meditate anywhere, anytime. Meditate while you’re cooking. Notice the flavors, aromas, colors, textures, and tastes. Use your five senses to enjoy what you’re cooking up.
Don’t have time in the morning? Meditate in your car. Upon entering your vehicle, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. (Use the above one-minute breathing exercise that I provided.)
Once you do four to ten rounds, open your eyes and release the tension in your body.
Meditating can help improve your mood, even if only done for a few minutes.
Meditate On Your Readings
Yes, you can meditate while reading! Some prefer to meditate while reading an uplifting story or self-help book. Meanwhile, others love to meditate on the Bible.
You can do this trick early in the morning or late at night. Get into a seated position so that you can go deeper in the moment. The purpose is to increase your awareness while focusing on your breath.
It’s easier than it sounds. Take a few deep breaths before reading. Sit up straight and focus reading on the chapter or scripture.
While reading, pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You can turn meditation into mindful reading when you become aware of what’s going on in your mind as you are reading.
Getting lost in a good book doesn’t mean getting lost in your head. You can become aware while reading by witnessing the images, sights, sounds, and feelings that come up.
It’s a great way to deepen your spiritual practice. As you can see, meditation works for any moment.
Take A Walk
Need to get away from it all? What if you can’t afford to go to a retreat or a one-day faith camp?
Walk it off!
Taking a walk in nature can help boost your mental health. Plus, it brings you closer to your faith and higher power.
You don’t have to walk for hours or miles. Doing it just for 15 to 30 minutes per day can help improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Don’t like walks? Take a hike in the woods. Or, you can go for a jog or a run instead. Jogging outside makes people happier than working out in the gym, according to a study.
Use Your Smartphone
There are downsides to smartphone use. One disadvantage is that you can become addicted to it. I know I’m guilty of it.
Another downside is that it can produce negative feelings. You may feel down whenever you look at the constant news updates or at your friends’ fabulous lives.
Remove those social media apps from your phone and get these instead. These apps will help improve your mood and stay focus on the present moment. They are a great substitute for those days when you don’t have time for your daily sacred ritual. Most of these apps are available for iPhone or Android.
- Insight Timer (Free)
- Headspace (Free)
- Calm (Free)
- The Mindfulness App ($1.99)
- Buddhify ($4.99 on iPhone, $2.99 on Android)
- Sattva (Free)
- Stop, Breathe & Think (Free)
What’s your favorite meditation app? I’d love to know. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Set An Intention For Your Day
I originally was going to have five tips, but this one came to mind. Set an intention for your day before you leave your bed.
Intentions help you manifest your goals and visions. It gives you more clarity in your life, especially when you’re all over the place.
You can do this by talking to God. You can also repeat your favorite mantra, scripture, or daily affirmation.
There is no wrong way to doing this.
Some examples of intentions include:
“I intend to spread the word of Love today.”
“I intend to connect to God in everything and everywhere.”
“I intend to make meditation an important part of my day.”
“I intend to lead by example.”
“I intend to forgive myself, and others.”
“I intend to spread love and light today.”
“I intend to invite peace and serenity into my life.”
“I intend to manifest happiness naturally.”
If you have an intention in mind that’s not listed, then use it. Just make sure that it’s positive, uplifting, and in the present tense.
Aim for short term goals rather than long term. This will lead you to accomplish larger goals over time.
Once you have your intention, use it with your meditation or prayer practice. Start by taking a few deep breaths and observe the stillness within. Afterward, bring your awareness to your heart center and set your intention.
Having a sacred daily practice is important. It can help you stay on top of your spiritual growth. Just know that’s okay if you don’t do it every day.
Placing that pressure on yourself just causes more stress and chaos in your own life. Who needs that? Instead, just take a piece of your sacred daily ritual with you.
If you have a few minutes, pray or meditate. Practice mindfulness throughout your day so you can connect with yourself and your higher power.
Got a little more time on your hands? Take a walk or meditate on your favorite spiritual book. If you hardly have time, set a quick intention or use a meditation app.
There is no wrong way to doing this. And you’re not a bad person if you haven’t got the time. Just know that you can make time, no matter how long.
How do you make time for your spiritual practice on days when life gets hectic? Sound off below in the comments section.