For me, my self-improvement and spiritual path pretty much go hand-in-hand. That’s good, but often I’ve wondered “When am I going to fit that in?” in regards to certain practices. One of the things that hit me at one point was a way to make that less of an issue. Just make my spiritual/self-improvement practices part of my regular life!
That may sound like a “duh” statement, but not as much as you might think. Many people set aside time for their spirituality/improvement, and often that time never comes because of work, chores, and the rest of life. If you incorporate everything together though, you have to worry much less about when to fit things in.
Here are a few examples:
Just walking from one room to the next goes from mindless locomotion to an opportunity to stand straight and learn to carry myself with grace and beauty. That leads to me feeling better about myself.
Showering is time to either clear my mind or chant. Rather than just mindless washing, it’s a time to meditate or focus on loving my body and myself.
Washing dishes is less of a chore when I use the time to learn to take pleasure in the mundane, or if I chant while doing it.
Eating and making food become a time to be grateful for the good in my life and the health, nutrition and joy the food brings to me. (Cooking is also a great time to work on my herb magic!)
Every opened door or offered cup of coffee becomes a chance to say “please” and “thank you” and show gratitude and kindness.
See what I mean? It’s like a whole new way of living, and one I’ve tried to embrace fully. I’d never thought before about just how many times in a day I could bring my spiritual and personal growth into the picture and work on them. Now I have less worry over when to fit it in. I’m doing it all day long. It’ll take some getting used to, and you’ll become aware of some missed opportunities from day to day. But that’s part of growing. You mess up here and there until you get used to the new way of living and being. Don’t beat yourself up over it, just going to keep going forward and living a new, less-stress life!