What is a spiritual practice? First, a spiritual practice is about bringing spirituality into your daily life. Scott Alexander (UU minister in Vero Beach, CA) edited a book called Everyday Spirituality. In the book various people shared how they bring their spirituality into their daily lives. Scott himself considers his daily run a spiritual practice. He defines “Spiritual practice is any regular, intentional activity that serves to significantly deepen the quality and content of your relationship with the miracle of life.” During his run he can often achieve a state of mindful and meditative peace and calm which can true of any exercise and yoga.
The variety of spiritual practices is amazing. One person defined a spiritual maintenance schedule which included daily 10-30 minute meditation, a weekly day of rest and reflection(Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy), a monthly meditation or men’s or women’s group, and a yearly retreat.
One of the women used quilting, another creating and honoring an altar, then there was sacred reading, prayer, sitting zen, martial arts, tithing (giving 10% of your income to causes & spiritual inspiration), fasting, knitting, gardening, saying grace at mealtime with the whole family and cooking. My personal favorites are yoga, walking my dog every morning, reading something spiritually inspirational and deep breathing. I also attend a monthly women’s meditation group and do a visualization weekly.
My conclusion that what you do is not important. What is important is the intention and making the effort. The purpose of a spiritual practice is to enable us to feel connected to the stillness inside of us where your connection to the mystery of life and your higher self resides. So, anything that helps you make the connection and experience “who you are”. There is no one right practice. There are many choices and I encourage you to experiment until you find one that works for you.