What Does Having A “Spiritual Practice” Mean?


Kyle Talk KanugaJust like when you exercise the body, or when you are in school, there is a certain ideal or goal that you have in mind.

And there are certain steps that you follow in order to achieve the goal.

You may train for six months to run in a marathon. You have a program designed, and if you follow the daily program, then your body will be prepared for the marathon.

You study a certain subject for a semester, and at the end of the semester you are prepared for the test.

You do a little bit daily. And the little bit adds up over time. You are successful at the marathon and you finish. You pass the test and move on in school.

In establishing a “Spiritual Practice,” it is important to establish exactly what it is that you want to obtain. What is the goal here?

Not in every case, but in many cases, people seek spirituality when there is something wrong.

They or someone close to them is sick, there are financial problems, there are relationship problems… whatever it is that brings you to seek help in the first place, will probably be your initial goal.

“I want to improve my relationship or learn to have healthy relationships.” “I want to make more money.” “I want to forgive someone and I don’t know how.” “I need acceptance of the reality that a friend of mine or a family member has passed away.” “I suffer from fear and anxiety and/or depression and I want it to go away.”

These are all very common. There is nothing wrong with any of them. And they can all be obtained.

Once we have identified the goal or goals that we wish to achieve in our lives, it is time to figure out the plan of action. Like the person training for the marathon I need a daily program that will build me up for the big day. Like the student, I need a syllabus, or a plan of daily study that will lead me to be ready for the final exam.

When I was first introduced to spirituality, the initial idea that was presented to me was that I had no idea how to get what I wanted. If I knew, then… there would be no problem. Right?

This is where the idea of a “guru” or “mentor” comes from.

Some people have a guru, some have a minister, people in twelve step fellowships have sponsors, and some people use famous authors such as Eckhart Tolle(The Power of Now) or Don Miguel Ruiz(The Four Agreements).

The point is that since I did not know how to get what I wanted, someone else had to tell me. I had to get instructions from someone else.

Low and behold, I began to follow directions from someone else, and my life began to change. And I began to get the things I wanted in life.

The most important thing to remember when choosing a guru or mentor and getting a program of action together, is that you want to get it from someone who already has what you want.

You wouldn’t go to a transmission shop to get your brakes worked on. You wouldn’t go to a homeless man and ask him how to become rich.

Make sure you take suggestions from someone who demonstrates to you that they know what they are talking about.

These are people who can help you to identify what is causing your issue, and also give you ideas on things that you can do to change and move in the direction you want to go in.

We want to develop a Spiritual Program in the first place because we want to change out lives. This means we are going to have to change.

Depending on what your goals are, this could include sleeping habits, eating habits, money spending habits, exercise habits, incorporating prayer and meditation time into your life, or being willing to try different approaches in dealing with people and situations.

If you want different results in your life, you are going to have to do different things.


Something to ask ourselves: Who do I know that has what I want? Where can I go to get the help that I need?

Affirmation: I can change. I can improve my life. If I seek help I will find help. And so right now today I can proclaim that “It is already done!” 

SPL cover (3)Kyle Shiver has a Bachelor’s degree in Spiritual Healing from the Yogananda Institue and is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. He is currently studying to become a Licensed Unity Teacher. Get his book, “Solving the Puzzle’s of Life” at AMAZON.

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