Committing to a daily spiritual self-care routine can help you to attune to your heart’s compass, surrender to the flow of life and embrace your fullest potential.
A spiritual self-care routine nourishes your soul through developing your intuition, gratitude, and inner stillness. It allows you to heal yourself and grow, free to embody truth and love in your everyday life.
Today, I want to talk about creating a daily routine that cultivates a connection to the inner self through intuition, gratitude, stillness, and meditation.
As you get started, know that there will be days when spiritual self-care doesn’t look like meditation next to a pile of crystals. Sometimes, it will mean feeling deeply into past resentment, anger, or grief.
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There may be a time when your intuition tells you that someone you care about isn’t good for you, leaving you with a hard choice. Gratitude may sometimes be looking over painful past experiences and finding a way to approach them so you can accept your past, to be more fully here in the present.
Don’t fall into a trap of toxic positivity and believe that there is no room for your struggles, for your pain, or the messy parts of life.
Those parts of life are just as much a part of your journey as their more joyful counterparts. Spiritual self-care is about coming to a place where we can learn and grow from all of life’s experiences.
That may take time, and every step you take towards healing is valid, no matter what it looks like.
Having a spiritual self-care routine is an important tool for healing and tuning into your soul’s inner guidance. Through daily practice, you will learn to hear your souls whispers and allow them to guide you on your journey of growth.
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How to Begin Your Spiritual Self-Care Routine
Start by creating a sacred space and setting an intention for your routine.
This can be as simple as lighting incense, playing a singing bowl, or burning some sage. Then, set an intention for your routine.
You could try ’I am open to receive the gifts life is offering.’ or ’Today I dedicate this practice to aligning with my truth.‘
If you have an intention in your heart, feel free to use that as well.
You can also create a sacred space in your home where you practice your spiritual self-care ritual every day. Personally, I love having my crystals, singing bowls, spiritual books, and other inspiring items around as I practice my spiritual self-care routine.
Connect with Your Intuition
Developing your intuition is akin to learning to hear what your soul is whispering to you. Every day, your inner self is conspiring to guide you on your path. But if you’ve been ignoring your inner guidance for a while, it may be hard to hear.
There are a few daily practices I can recommend to strengthen your connection with your intuitive self. These activities are intended to open you up, draw out your subconscious thoughts and reflect the whispers of guidance from your inner self back to your conscious mind.
Try Tarot or Oracle Cards
While some people think of tarot as a way to tell the future, it’s better described as a way to tune into your own inner guidance.
My favorite oracle deck for developing your intuition is the Work Your Light Deck From Rebecca Campell. (Pictured above.) This oracle deck comes with 44 beautiful cards and a guidebook that contains her wisdom and guidance for every card. Each card also has a question, action, or activation that goes with it meant to spark remembering and create a deeper connection with the soul.
The Osho Zen Tarot Deck is another deck I use quite often. This deck uses the traditional tarot suit cards, each card with its own unique illustration and meaning.
From Osho.com, ‘‘As you will experience, the images of the OSHO Zen Tarot are alive. Their impact is undeniable, for they speak to us in a language that our deeper selves recognize. They awaken understanding. They provoke clarity.”
You may also choose to get a classic tarot deck like the Original Rider Waite Deck. With a classic tarot deck, you will need to learn the meanings of all the cards as you go. They are a little more investment to learn timewise but can provide a deeply personal experience.
To get more in-depth instruction on How To Do A Tarot Reading check out this article.
What’s most important is choosing a deck that resonates with you. If one of these decks made your heart sing, then that’s the one you should go with. There are many options out there for getting started so find one that you connect with and go from there.
Draw and Reflect
Take few minutes to draw. Try not to think about the strokes you’re making, just allow them to happen. You may find it helpful to close your eyes as you do this practice. When the drawing feels complete to you, reflect on what you see among those shapes and lines. What are they trying to tell you?
Stream of Consciousness Writing
Stream of Consciousness writing is all about letting your thoughts pour from your mind out onto the page in front of you. Let the words fall without judgment. When you’re done take a moment for stillness and reflection. Are there any lingering thoughts or wisdom you’re left with?
Let these thoughts guide you to new perspectives.
I practice this technique every morning with the Morning Pages. You can learn more about this daily self-care journal ritual here.
Develop a Gratitude Practice
Developing a gratitude practice means creating time to be intentionally thankful for your life. Practicing gratitude daily can help bring you into a positive mental state and become attuned to the beauty in your life.
That being said, there may be days when you are finding it difficult to find something to be grateful for. When this happens, start small and try to be open-minded.
Part of this practice is retraining your mind to focus on the positives and see the joy in life where you might not have noticed it otherwise.
Try the ‘Thank You’ Practice
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and say thank you, as if repeating an affirmation or mantra. Each time you say thank you, bring something you are grateful for to the front of your mind. Keep going with this practice until your heart feels full.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal can be as simple as writing a few things you’re grateful for every morning. You can also try journaling on gratitude prompts.
-Who is a friend you can always count on?
-Who made you smile in the last 24 hours? Why?
-Describe a recent time when you felt blissful.
You can also check out this list of 120 Gratitude Journal Prompts for more inspiration.
Finding Inner Stillness
Finding inner peace and practicing being true presence is the ultimate purpose of meditation.
According to Yogainternational.com, “Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within.”
However, that pure, blissful state is typically not achieved when starting out. As soon as you decide to turn inward, you will likely become aware of just how many thoughts you have in the space of a single minute.
With practice, your mind will become more peaceful and you will learn to let the thoughts float by, but there are also a few practices you can do to help you find a little more peace of mind before you start meditation.
If you don’t already practice yoga, now is the time to start! There are many physical health benefits, along with feeling centered, calm and relaxed.
Don’t get caught up in needing to do headstands and the splits. Setting aside 10 or 20 minutes for intentional stretching is perfect for getting started. You’ll leave your practice feeling calm and your body will feel more comfortable during meditation.
Whether you’re just getting started or looking for some yoga inspiration, I recommend heading over to Youtube and checking out Yoga with Adriene. She is a great teacher (she’s actually the one who inspired me to become a yoga teacher!) and has so many styles of classes from gentle to sweat-worthy. She also has a great foundational series so you can get your alignment correct when practicing at home.
If you don’t have a mat yet, I would advise going with Manduka. I’ve tried quite a few different brands over the years but Manduka’s quality and grippiness is the best.
You can find all their mats on Amazon. For beginners, the Begin Mat is affordable and has markings that help you nail your alignment.
I mostly use the ekoLite Travel Mat because I travel a lot and I like how small and portable it is but, if you’re looking to upgrade, my fave mat EVER is the Manduka Pro. It’s grippy, has dense cushioning for support, and lasts a looong time.
Think of mantra meditation as a tool to expand your mind and help it relax. A mantra is a phrase is or sound you repeat, typically 108 times, counted on a string of beads, called a mala. One you may have heard of is ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’ which signifies the essence of reality or consciousness.
Personally, I use the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ but there are many more beautiful Sanskrit mantras to choose from. You can also do this practice with an affirmation if you prefer.
Sit in a comfortable position and repeat the mantra or affirmation 108 times. If you don’t have a mala to keep count you could download the Insight Timer app (also a great meditation tool) and set the meditation timer to go off after a few minutes.
You can also find mala beads on Amazon. These ones are beautiful and come in 14 different gemstone choices.
You can practice mantra for as long as you like, on days when my head feels particularly busy, I tend do more mantra to help relax my mind before I meditate.
Meditation is the single most profound spiritual self-care practice you can do. In this time you quit following your thoughts and let your mind rest.
From this state of calmness, you can receive insight and inspiration. Meditation also helps you to be more peaceful and present throughout your day.
There are many styles of meditation you can do, but if you want some meditation inspiration, go out check out these 3 Short and Blissful Guided Meditations to get started. They are my 3 absolute favorite guided meditations and they’re all available for free on Youtube.
You may also want to check out this article from Gaiam for a simple guide to meditation for beginners.
Spiritual self-care doesn’t end with your daily ritual. After your practice, take these elements of spiritual self-care with you as you go about your day.
Listen to the things your soul is whispering. Be grateful for flowers, smiles, and small things. Find stillness in the hustle and bustle of life.
I hope today you discovered some helpful ideas to get you started with a spiritual self-care routine that will nourish your soul and inspire your self-growth journey.
Thank you for being here
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