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A New Spiritual Practice:
Letting the breeze flow through you like a
love to watch the wind blowing easily and gently through the limbs
of the trees.
It looks and feels so freeing – like they are
gently cleared and rebalanced by the movement. It feels like the
trees are communicating how they have been a little rigid in holding
their posture, and now can sway, move, and feel whole again.
Do you allow yourself – who you really are - to be cleared and
rebalanced? Just as the trees allow themselves to be moved, cleared,
and freed up to sway – so can we.
The pivotal word is allow.
The trees do not think about whether this the right thing to do,
they embrace the movement. They allow the moment to bring it to
stillness, gentle movement, or free flowing release into the
The trees offer us an example of how we don’t have
to think and plan everything.
I make sure to set aside time
to engage in personal spiritual practices every week – and some days
I simply sit in the gentle breeze with nature and ask that all stuck
energy be cleared, and for me to be gently rebalanced. Ahh… It feels
so good. It isn’t an activity like meditation, journaling, or yoga –
but instead is sitting in allowing. I just sit in my garden and
allow the trees swaying in the breeze to inspire my spiritual
What does this mean for our spiritual growth? It
means that expansive new experiences have a powerful opening when we
aren’t focused on completing a task. Instead of focusing on doing a
specific spiritual discipline or activity – allow yourself to
embrace the message of the moment.
Being disciplined or
creating a routine to include spiritual practices reaps amazing
gifts. When we start every day with tai chi, set aside time for
meditation, or practice yoga or qigong – we maintain a spiritual
flow. But overtime, when our focus is on making sure we do our
routine of a particular spiritual practice each day at a certain
time, we could miss powerful growth opportunities. It is important
to honor spontaneity and powerful moments that call to us.
Personally, I aim for a balance that feels and works best for my
Give yourself permission to be organic with your
‘toolbox’ of spiritual practices. This means using them in the flow
of your life as you are inspired to do so. It is important to let go
of unhelpful guilt if you miss a day of your spiritual practice or
to let go of your stress from over scheduling them. Instead, try
simply to embrace your journey.
My balance occurs when I
organically allow the moment to dictate my spiritual practice. One
morning might start with qigong, tomorrow I could feel like
journaling, and then the next day I find myself sitting in the
garden to connect with all the alive and present energies there.
When I allow this flow, it all seems to work out better for me. This
is my balance.
We are being called to become free – free of
all constraints and limitations. Let us acknowledge that most of
these we establish for ourselves.
When I look at a tree who
allows a gentle breeze to move its branches in the moment, I see and
feel a happy tree. Try it. Observe it. The tree is happy to be moved
in the moment!
Be that happy tree. Allow yourself to be and
do what is best for you in each moment. There is no ‘one formula’ as
my balance will look different than yours. We are all unique with
our unique thoughts, feelings, habits, and journey. But you can
allow the breeze of who you are to move you.
spiritual and sacred practices that speak to you, that move you, as
you are called to do so.
Tonight, I sit in my garden with my
bare feet on the earth. I thought I was going here for renewal after
a challenging day or maybe would receive some personal inspiration.
However, I allowed the garden moment to unfold, and this wondrous
article full of channeled wisdom came forth. I allowed the breeze of
the moment to blow through me. Who knows when and where the gifts
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