A student taking my 7 Day Spiritual Reboot emailed to share that she appreciated all the tools she was learning in the program but wasn't sure if she could sustain the practices on a weekly basis when the week was over. Fair concern.
The purpose of programs like my reboot is to offer new tools and give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the practices that are already in your tool kit - all with the intention of supporting you on the spiritual path. Meditation, affirmative prayer, visualization exercises, journaling, these are tools.
My spiritual practice is always evolving because I learn new things that sound interesting and helpful, so I weave them into my practice and see if they resonate. Many times I realize that the new tool I'm trying isn't really for me and I let it go. Other times it clicks and I know I've discovered something I'll use on the regular.
It's helpful to understand that what works for someone else might not work for you, so be willing to develop a practice that's your own. I've seen practitioners develop co-dependent relationships with the tools used in their practice. They feel like missing their morning meditation will cause them to have an off-balanced day.
Your life is your practice. The tools we use are supposed to help us as we navigate the landscape of our lives. I hold the commitment to be a perfect giver and receiver of love, my spiritual practice supports me in fulfilling my commitment. I use these tools throughout my day, not just when the sage is burning and I'm sitting on my meditation cushion. My formal morning practice is like going to the gym, it's strengthening my capacity to sustain my align with peace.
Your practice doesn't end when you ring the Tibetan singing bowl; it continues in the interactions you share with others and the way you speak to yourself in your mind. I invite you to utilize the tools that support you in feeling peaceful and release any sense of obligation to do practices that don't feel like they're serving you. The purpose is peace ... not having an intricate practice that others might find impressive.
Take what works and leave the rest behind. I find it's more enjoyable to travel light on the path.
Jesse Brune-Horan is a spiritual teacher and happy living expert. He's the co-founder and spiritual director of Inspire Spiritual Community. Over the last decade he's given hundreds of teachings, workshops, and classes on spiritual living.