Let's get one thing clear: the point of a spiritual practice is not, primarily, to fortify your business (though that's why you clicked on this article). The purpose of a spiritual practice is to fortify you. To help you grow. To help you become more in touch with yourself. To help you notice your body, your mind, your heart, your spirit. To help you be more conscious and intentional about how you live your life.
When you are conscious and intentional, your choices about your business become conscious and intentional.
@@The more aware you are of what you're absorbing and thinking, the less likely you are to burn out.@@
None of us are perfect, and none of our practices are perfect. But the more invested we are in practicing, and in acknowledging that we don't have it together (and no one does), the more grounded we are - and the more resilient we are.
@@It is a willingness to operate in imperfection that leads to growth - and greatness.@@
So here are some spiritual practices to do imperfectly, with the understanding that nourishing yourself is good for your business.
Meditation is breathing. That's literally all it is. Eyes open; eyes closed. Sitting, standing, laying down. Good day, bad day. Meditation is about coming back to center. About coming back to your breath. About letting the thoughts come in, and just releasing them.
Let's get one thing clear: you will have thoughts while you meditate. Pets will crash into things. Babies will cry. Cars will honk outside. Ambulances may go by every five minutes (at least, if you also live in NYC they will).
None of that matters.
I didn't meditate for a long time. It's too hard, I thought. But the real reason I didn't meditate for so long? I couldn't accept the reality of where I was.
@@I also expected myself to meditate "perfectly" the first time, not realizing that there is no such thing as perfect meditation.@@ Your meditation practice may vary day to day. All that matters is that you pay attention to yourself, and your thoughts. That you notice where the tension is in your body. That you notice how you talk to yourself.
Meditating every day - and subsequently paying attention to what your body and mind are telling you - is a key preventative practice to avoiding burnout, and is a key practice, period, about staying nourished.
(If you're on my email list, you got an email about how to start meditating today. Check your inboxes, friends!)
2. Working with the Moon
Astrology isn't a spiritual practice, necessarily, but I find it to be a tremendously practical and intentional practice that grounds both me and my business.
So what do I mean by working with the moon? I mean, acknowledging the effect that the phases of the moon have on our bodies, our minds - and even our businesses. There are eight phases of the moon in a lunar month. Most of us know two of them: New Moons and Full Moons.
New Moons are for beginnings. For creative bursts. For picking up where you left off. For product launches. For committing to that new yoga practice you've been meaning to do.
Full Moons are for releasing -- for endings, for acknowledging that a new cycle has begun. Full Moons are for resting, recharging, rethinking, rejuvenating. For letting go.
I have learned the hard way not to fight the phases of the moon but, rather, to work with them in planning my business and planning my life. The last thing I want to do is to try to muster the energy for a product launch when Full Moon energy is completely battering me the other way.
Working with the energy around us - instead of against it, or unknowingly around it - helps us shape the direction of our lives and businesses.
3. Tarot Reading (and Journaling)
@@Tarot reading is the storytelling we do about our lives.@@ In some ways, it is as revealing as meditation: the question on your mind, how you interpret a card depending on the day.
I strongly recommend keeping a tarot journal. It doesn't have to be pretty, like the downloadable ones you see on Pinterest. Mine certainly isn't. My journal is a thin, black book, with scribbles and scrawls and unpretty drawings of readings on every page. I note the day, the question, the deck I used, the spread. Sometimes, journaling about how the cards fell that day turns into a form of prayer. I don't pray much anymore these days, but I write anyway.
Tarot, like meditation, helps you notice where you are. Helps you understand the struggles you're having. Helps you ground.
Tarot you nourish yourself. Helps you understand where you are and why you're frustrated before you crash and burn.