How to create a spiritual practice that’s right for you

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
Morning coffee while pulling tarot cards and journaling
Morning coffee while pulling tarot cards and journaling

Creating a spiritual practice

As with so many things, there is no “one right way” to integrate a “spiritual practice” into your life.  There’s only “the right way” for you.  Additionally, your “way” will likely change over time as you change. I know mine continues to evolve over time!

The goal of creating a spiritual practice

The goal of any spiritual practice is to create a regular routine of actions that, when taken, help you feel connected to your spiritual self and to God/Source/Spirit. 

What those actions are will differ from person to person.  It is likely that you will know when you have found the right mix of rituals when engaging in them leaves you feeling peaceful, centered, and calm.

Those who regularly engage in a spiritual practice report many benefits, including:

  • Using their ability to use their “clairs”/intuition to connect with God/Source/Spirit is enhanced.
  • It results in feeling more “alive” and happier.
  • Decision-making becomes easier.
  • It increases your vibrational rate, which enhances your ability to protect yourself energetically from lower vibrating energy. This can include energy on the Earth plan (e.g., negative people, toxic environments) and energies from the spiritual plane (e.g., dark entities).

NOTE: Links to blog posts and information related to psychic protection and energy clearing are listed at the bottom of this article.

Recommendations for creating a spiritual practice

How does one create a spiritual practice that is “right” for them? 

Below are some of the suggestions that my students have found helpful. Again, everyone is different. There are probably as many ways to create a spiritual practice as there are people on the planet.  Therefore, I recommend that you “try on” different actions or approaches until you feel “compelling clarity” regarding which ones are right for you. Take a trial-and-error approach, and definitely allow your practice to change over time as you evolve.

Creating a sacred space is often helpful

Select a physical location that is designated for your spiritual practice.  Be sure that when you are in this space, you will not be interrupted and that it is peaceful and quiet. Possibilities include:

  • The corner of a room where you keep your angel cards, pendulum, and spiritually-related books. 
  • An entire room that includes a fountain, crystals, and/or pictures. 
  • A special place outside where you sit or walk. (NOTE: Keep in mind that this location could be difficult on days when the weather isn’t favorable. You might want to have a back-up option.)  

Establishing a spiritual routine that works for you

Our Earthly bodies and minds appreciate routines. We begin to look forward to these times and miss them when they don’t happen.

  • Time of day: Everyone has a time of day when they feel most alert and alive.  I recommend that you choose that time of day for your spiritual practice. If you are going to include a form of meditation (which many people do but it isn’t required), then be sure to select a time of day when you know you won’t feel sleepy. For example, I’m a morning person, so I meditate upon waking. If I try meditating in the afternoon or evening, I almost always fall asleep.
  • Amount of Time: If spiritual work is new for you, you may want to start with just 5 minutes per day and 3 times a week. I personally recommend doing it at the same time and the same day. I also recommend doing something every day, whenever possible. However, if that schedule isn’t a good fit for your lifestyle, then do whatever will work for you. But I do recommend that you make a commitment to yourself regarding how much time each day and how often each week you will participate in your spiritual routine. There is no magical amount of time. Some people prefer once a day; others like twice a day. Some people prefer to be open-ended about how much time they’ll spend during each “session,” but others set a specific length of time. Occasionally, students will report that they lose track of time and run late or miss appointments. If this is the case, then set the timer on your smart phone so it will play a soothing tone at the end of your time period. If you find that you are having a hard time either remembering to engage in your spiritual practice or making time for it, you might want to put a reminder on your calendar or in your day-planner. Another option is to work with a spiritual coach who will help you stay committed to a spiritual practice. (NOTE: If you would like to work with a spiritual coach who has been trained by me, you can refer to our online Directory.)
  • Rituals: During your spiritual practice, I recommend that you establish a routine regarding what spiritual activities you will engage in that support you in feeling spiritually connected (see next bulleted item). 

Participating in centering & spiritual activities

What you do during your spiritual time is totally up to you.  Do your best to eliminate any preconceived ideas or rules.  Do what feels “right” to you. Possibilities include:

  • Meditating
  • Chanting
  • Praying (NOTE: Click here to read a blog post that provides suggestions for prayers that may be helpful.)
  • Deep breathing
  • Playing music
  • Mindfulness exercises (e.g., observing your body, breath, thoughts, feelings without judgment)
  • Using angel cards, tarot cards, pendulums, or other divination tools
  • Journaling
  • Automatic writing
  • Reading spiritually uplifting material
  • Clearing yourself and/or your space of negative energy (NOTE: Click here to read a blog post that provides suggestions for clearing energy.)
  • If trained in Reiki, doing a self-healing
  • Holding crystals and/or having them in your space
  • Burning candles, incense, or sage/sweet grass
  • Using essential oils
  • Surrounding yourself in white or gold light (NOTE: Click here to read a blog post that provides directions and suggested techniques for using energy shielding.)
  • And so many other options!

Eliminating judgment

I personally recommend that people do their best to suspend personal judgment and just try things out.  For example, when meditating:

  • Try not to evaluate how deeply or how long you meditated.
  • If feelings come to the surface, then do your best to be the “observer” during this time. 

Simply watch and observe.  At a later time, you can evaluate what is working, what is not working, what you need to do in order to take care of a problem, etc.

Setting boundaries

For those who have families, roommates, or busy lives, carving out a time for your spiritual practice may take setting some boundaries. This may require explaining to others what you need (e.g., time by yourself, no interruptions, quiet).

However (and perhaps more importantly), this may require setting boundaries with ourselves. It’s incredibly easy to get “lost” in our never-ending “to do lists” and postpone our spiritual practice. Remember, if something is important, we need to make sure we set time aside for ourselves and for our connection to God/Source/Spirit. If you get off-track, don’t judge (see last bullet). Just get back up on the proverbial horse and start again.

Do what works for you!

The above suggestions are just the tip of the “possibility iceberg.”  For example, I’ve spoken to people who have a spiritual practice that occurs while doing artwork, sewing, gardening, conducting business, during a yoga class, basically anything!  Whatever works for you is fine, as long as it results in your feeling connected with your spiritual self!

Blog posts and information related to psychic protection and energy clearing


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