How to Have a Spiritual Practice When You’re Short on Time

 How to Have a Spiritual Practice When You’re Short on Time

There are so many articles and books online, my website included, that talk about recommended spiritual practices and the importance of having one.

I’ve said it quite a few times that chakra cleansing and meditation are key, especially in the beginning, for anyone wanting to not only develop their psychic abilities but transform themselves spiritually and start on the path to ascension.

Yes, it is important in the beginning to have a regular, preferable daily, practice of some sort.

But if you’re like most people though, myself included, you’ll be really good at it initially. You’ll do your daily meditation or whatever else you do and then life gets in the way.

Maybe you’ve even been on a meditation retreat and come back on a high only to have that feeling of being spiritually connected slowly fade away as you reintegrate into the rhythms of daily life.

You start getting busy and just not feeling like it today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll do something spiritual, you tell yourself.

Except tomorrow is the same as today so then you start to feel guilty about it. You feel guilty for dropping off the bandwagon. You feel guilty for not being able to attend to your spiritual practice every day because it takes up time.

You don’t have a lot of time. Perhaps you have kids or you spend your days waking up early, commuting to work, and coming home late. You’re pretty busy and also tired. When you’re free you kind of just want to chill with a TV show or something.

Guys, I really feel you on this one. I mean, how are you supposed to fit your spiritual practice into your daily routine? How does one make time for spirituality in an already busy life?

That is exactly the topic I’ll be addressing today! I’ll give you my best tips for how to cultivate a daily spiritual practice and how to make time for spirituality in your daily routine.

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Spirituality is Not One Size Fits All

Before I give you some practical tips, I want to preface it by stating this one very important thing: spirituality is not one size fits all.

What works for other people may not work for you and that’s okay!

You’re not like that person that wakes up at 5am to do yoga. You’re not like that person who spends more than an hour meditating every day. You just want something simple and easy to do that doesn’t require you to drastically change your routine.

That’s okay! Please stop making yourself feel guilty and stop comparing yourself to others! That feeling of guilt is you judging yourself harshly for supposedly not being able to “follow the rules”.

Except there are no rules. They’re just guidelines.

You just need to try different things to see what works for YOU. I want you to find something that YOU feel comfortable doing that helps you to feel connected to the universe on a daily basis.

And here’s the secret: it doesn’t have to take hours. It doesn’t even have to take one hour per day. 15-20 minutes of daily meditation or time with your tarot deck or whatever, is enough. And even if you break it down further into 5-10 minute segments it’s enough!

The point is that you did it! That you spent time on slowing down and connecting to the universe. 5 minutes a day is just as good as an hour.

The most important thing is to do what you can.

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The Three Essentials

 Three Essentials of Any Spiritual Practice

Spiritual practice sounds really vague and a bit too broad doesn’t it? What is spiritual practice? What does it involve?

How are you supposed to allot time to it if you don’t really know what it entails?

Let me break it down for you.

There are three basic goals here and three essential components of a spiritual practice:

  1. Connection – Establishing a connection with universal/source/divine energy and maintaining that connection.

  2. Cleansing – Regular cleansing of your energy system to not only keep your psychic senses sharp but maintain an optimal level of wellbeing.

  3. Guidance – Spending time to seek guidance from the universe/your higher self/your spirit guides to guide you on your path.

There are a multitude of ways to do these three things: chakra cleansing, meditation, grounding, rituals, and a multitude of divination systems. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

I can definitely see how it would be overwhelming if you feel like you have to do all those things.

Here’s the thing, guys. As I said above, you can spend as long or as short of a time as you want on these activities. There are no hard and fast rules here.

Slotting the Three Essentials into Your Routine

The key to having a consistent spiritual practice is to break these three activities down into short manageable chunks and then to slot it into your routine.

This part is so important, guys! Routine and habit.

Humans are creatures of habit and if you want to have a regular spiritual practice you MUST form a new habit so that it becomes a natural part of your day rather than this huge task that you put off because it takes too long.

For everyday purposes, you do not really need to spend an hour on these things. Aim for 5 to 10 minute chunks that you can easily insert into your daily routine.

Let’s go through each of the essentials one by one and I’ll give you some ideas on how to do it quickly and how to work it into your routine.

Connection

When I talk about building connection I’m referring to activities like meditations, visualisations, and other things that help you to feel like you’re part of something larger than yourself.

This is key for psychic development because you need to have an open channel between yourself and the universe to actually be able to receive psychic information and to get to know your own soul self.

My preferred practice is to visualise a big ball of light in my chest and imagine either roots of a tree or a pillar of light going down from there, down through all the layers of the earth, and plugging into the earth’s core. Then you imagine light going up that power line from the earth and into your heart space.

Technically this part is called grounding.

The next part is to do the same thing but instead of connected to the earth’s core, I imagine tree branches or a pillar of light going upwards from that heart space way out into space and connecting with the core of the milky way galaxy. Then I imagine the energy coming down the power line into my heart space and merging with the earth’s energy.

And that’s how I do it. For people serious about developing their psychic abilities and undergoing the process of ascension you should do this every day for 30 days straight and then after that just maintain the connection on a weekly basis. That should be okay.

The entire visualisation doesn’t really need to take more than 5 minutes. It can take longer if you tack on other visualisations or if you’re doing a reading and you want to ‘download’ info about something.

But the connection part is just 5 minutes and I like to do that in the mornings after breakfast.

Choose a time of day where you feel relaxed and open. I don’t like evenings for this because I’m usually occupied with something in the evenings and it’s hard to tear my mind away from what I’m doing.

Mornings are my perfect free moment. Think about what time of day is suitable for you and just make an appointment with yourself.

You could even set a daily reminder and make use of apps or meditation music to make it easier.

If visualisations and meditations are not for you, you could alternatively spend time outside or take a short walk in the park to clear your mind and connect with nature. Walking meditation is a form of meditation to as is tea meditation! Read more about that here.

You could also spend time at your altar for a few minutes every day if that helps you to feel connected to universal energy/source/the divine.

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Cleansing

There are many ways of keeping your energy system clean and clear. The purpose of this is to make sure that channel you just opened between yourself and the universe remains clear and to maintain a sense of wellbeing.

Why? Because native emotion and stress messes things up because those are low vibration feelings.

I’m not going to get into the mechanics of it all here. I have a whole article on chakras and many others on psychic development in general where I talk about it.

I’m here to tell you about how to fit this into your daily routine.

The first way is focused on cleansing your chakras. This is super easy! I am a lazy, lazy, person and I love quick and easy ways of doing things!

My absolute favourite way of cleansing my chakras is the chakra shower exercise which can be done under the shower! I assume you already do that every day so this activity does not take up any extra time.

The way you do it is simple. While you’re under the shower just imagine the water being a stream of light that passes through your body and all the black sludge of negative emotions and stress flowing into the drain.

Individual chakras are cleansed by changing the colour of the stream of light.

  • Red light = the root chakra

  • Orange light = the sacral chakra

  • Yellow light = the solar plexus chakra

  • Green light = the heart chakra

  • Blue light = the throat chakra

  • Indigo light = the third eye chakra

  • Violet light = the crown chakra

Spend more time on chakras that feel like they need more work. So don’t change the colour until you feel like you’re done with that chakra.

The second way of keeping your energy clean is called running your energy. This is a thing I learned from James Van Praagh who says he does this practice several times a day to keep clean.

It’s really easy. You imagine light pouring into your body as a jet of water. There are two streams of water. One flows down into your body from your crown chakra and the other stream flows upwards from the earth and into your body from your root chakra.

The two steams meet in the middle, in your heart space, and shoots out from your heart space, pouring down into the earth. As the light/water passes through your body it cleanses your body and washes away any energetic dirt as it passes through.

Typically, you visualise the water coming in on the inhale and pouring out on the exhale, taking any negative energy with it.

I personally prefer to visualise the light as air rather than water, sort of like lungs.  Breathe in white light, breathe out grey mist. It’s grey because it’s taking the dirty energy with it. I do this until the mist isn’t grey anymore on the exhale.

This only really takes a minute and can be done any time you feel ‘heavy’ energetically speaking or whenever you’ve been in a space or around people full of negativity.

Simple and easy!

Guidance

The last one relates very much to developing your intuition, your psychic abilities, as well as practicing any form of divination to receive guidance.

From a practical standpoint, whether it’s tarot, other divination systems, or receiving information directly via your intuitive senses, you need to practice.

The best way to do that is to slot it into your daily routine and make it something you practice every day.

The easiest way to do that is by asking questions related to how your day is gonna go:

  • “What do I need to know about today?”

  • “What are the energies present today?”

  • “What is the message for me today?”

  • “What do I need to focus on today?”

Then if it’s tarot or oracle cards, just draw a card. I have a whole article all about daily draws for tarot, by the way. You can read more about it here.

If you’re working on psychic development and not using tools, then pay careful attention to any thoughts, images, feelings, or information that enters your mind directly after you ask that question.

It’s quick thing and really helps you to get familiar with your preferred way of obtaining guidance, whether it be through divination tools or directly, and to practice it every day.

I would say this only really takes 5 minutes to do so you can easily slot that into your morning routine to ask about the day ahead.

You can do it in the evenings too but then you’d be asking about the next day, “tomorrow”, and not the current one.

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Thinking of starting a meditation practice? Grab my meditation toolkit to get a list of my favourite meditation apps and YouTube channels to help you get started quickly.

Listen to Your Instincts

The final piece of advice for you that I have on this subject is to listen to your instincts and do what feels right.

For example, I gave you an exercise to help you with the first essential, connection, and I advised you to do it every day for 30 days straight.

What happens after those 30 days depends on you! I personally, don’t need to go the whole nine yards every day. I feel like my connection is strong and it only needs weekly maintenance.

You may feel like you need more and your connection ‘decays’ if you don’t do it at least a few times a week or maybe it’s less for you.

Both are fine just listen to your body.

As for the rest, what works for my may not work for you. As a clairvoyant, I am someone who loves visualisations. Maybe you prefer rituals, altar work, or spending time outdoors.

Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter.

The main thing is to not make yourself feel guilty and to find something you can do every day in short segments to form a habit!

Once the habit is formed it will be a natural part of your life and won’t feel like it’s a chore or something that takes a lot of time and breaks your routine.