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THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A PRACTICE

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In the world of spirituality and metaphysics, there is a lot of talk about having a “practice”–the thing that keeps you connected to your Source, whatever you may consider that to be. 

I whole-heartedly believe in the power of a practice, but I admit that it’s an area in which I am still growing (read: not as consistent as I’d like to be). But when life gets a little crazy, like it did last week, I’m reminded why it’s a belief that I never stray too far from. 
In my spare time, it’s rare that you’ll find me watching a ton of TV. I have cable, but the channels are so basic that it’s almost like I don’t have it. There’s only one box and it’s downstairs in my Living Room, where I’m more likely to watch it if friends come over and want to tune into something special. 
Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead? Haven’t even seen ’em. 
DVR? Don’t have it. 
I cut the TV out in 2013 when I realized that going to bed with Law & Order and Dateline on my mind wasn’t doing me any good. I actually completely turned the tv off for months and just read, and once I noticed how much better my days were getting, I kept it up, making sure to fill my brain with positive & encouraging things every morning and once I settled into bed at night.
So for me, this is a big part of my practice.

But the importance of having a practice for me is less about the day-to-day and more about having a place to turn when the proverbial shit hits the fan. Because it’s never IF it hits the fan but WHEN it hits the fan. Sometimes it hits in my business life and sometimes it hits in my personal life….other times it may be both at the same time. Could be as small as my hot water heater going out (like it did this week!) or as big as….well, big. And I don’t just mean praying/meditating about a resolution to whatever your situation is–I mean something that keeps you grounded in the truth of your bigger picture. Something that reminds you to focus on your guiding beliefs. It’s always interesting to me when I hear people pray for God’s will to be done, because from my perspective, it IS always done….the only thing I pray about is the grace to surrender and let go of my attachment to what I want the outcome to be.
And I do this by reminding myself that there’s no place that God is not, and that the Universe is always conspiring in my favor, even when it doesn’t look like it. It’s what I constantly reiterate to myself (and others!) and what I need/want to be reminded of when chaos appears to be all around. To be reminded in the moment that–as David Ault always says–even in the apparent absence of order, there IS order, to the degree that I believe it to be so. 

So how do you develop a practice?
Well first of all, there is no ONE right way. It’s a personal, intimate thing and first requires you to figure out what you believe about life. And it should be a reflection of what you want to see in your world. If you want to see yourself with great relationships & a successful business, speak that!! It’s as easy as saying something like, “I know that my business is a success and all of my relationships are moving me towards my highest good.” Keep in mind that it’s often a journey to our “highest good” but if you continuously remind yourself that everything is working together for your good, after awhile that’s all you’ll see. And conversely, know that if your narrative about your life is that it’s always a challenge, nothing ever works out for you, all men are dogs/women are sluts and you’re never gonna get there (wherever “there” is for you), then don’t be surprised when that’s all you see reflected, because what we focus on grows. Developing a practice is like building a muscle–the more you use it the stronger it gets–so when those moments of pure chaos come, you can choose to teach yourself to be silent in the midst of the storm and know that regardless of what it may look like, all is well right now. 
This is true for your finances. And your business. And your relationships. And everything in between.

Because a practice is a very personal thing it will look different on each of us but I would suggest you start with doing it once a day, maybe even twice a day if that feels right (morning & night) . It could be meditating, reading books that keep your mind/spirit centered, prayer or even something that just makes you feel good and gives you strength to face each day with courage & love. My advice? Don’t get caught up in the vehicle, but do find SOMETHING to read/do/say daily that reminds you of the truth who you are. Because there is SO MUCH out here trying to remind us of who we’ve BEEN, who you SHOULD BE going forward and how to live your life now…and 99.989% of it is BS. Remember that when you change your mind, you change your language. And when you change them both, your whole life will change.
There’s no trick or gimmick, just me & you, owning the truth of who we are.
And if having a practice can make you do that, I’d say it’s something worth having.

5 Comments on THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A PRACTICE

  1. M.
    February 11, 2015 at 9:44 am (3 years ago)

    Well said Dayka! Love coming to your little slice of the internet to get some inspiration and excellent advice. Also, loving that you are posting more regularly; you have a unique talent for putting this daily navigation of life into words. Always a pleasure to read.

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  2. 6 afraid of 7
    February 11, 2015 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    Wow…I had to read that twice! Very well written and more importantly….VERY WELL RECEIVED! Thank you đŸ™‚

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  3. Candace Howe
    February 11, 2015 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

    Love this! Thank you, I’m not as consistent with my intentional prayer because get caught up in the “busy” of life but you are so right, there is no place He isn’t so busy can wait. Putting my practice into practice.

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  4. windi evans
    February 11, 2015 at 7:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Again all I can say (for now) is thank you!!! I’m going back to read this again because your view on practicing has my wheels turning ��

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  5. Dayka Robinson
    February 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I think I’m going to have to switch to a WordPress platform so I an respond to each of your comments!!

    M: thank you for following me for (what sounds like) awhile and sticking with me in my dry phases. i’ve realized why it was harder to blog more consistently–because I wasn’t talking about the things that were REALLY on my heart and going on in my life. thank you for your kind words…I love that you read and appreciate it! Xo, d

    6 afraid of 7: More importantly…thank YOU. It means a lot to me that you not only read but share your thoughts as well. Sometimes writing can feel like a lonely road! Xo, d

    Candace: I think that if I allow my life to be too busy for what’s important–whether that be friends, family, meaningful work, travel, meditation, eating well, etc–than that says a lot about how I REALLY value my own life. Spirit is never waiting because it’s always here. I love “putting my practice into practice”….I’m right with you–always a work in progress! Xo, d

    Windi: it will be a lovefest of gratitude every time we meet! i owe you so much–thank you for reading & for your feedback! Xo, d

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