In this world of acronyms, it occurred to me this morning that I could turn Daily Spiritual Practice into an acronym for ease in writing. Plus, I figured it would get your attention.
DSP is what it’s all about. I think it is the foundation upon which we build happy, productive and peaceful lives. In fact, I don’t think we can have lasting peace and happiness without it. This is the reason why I usually mention it in almost every post. But I know there might be some new folks reading this who have no idea what I’m talking about, so I thought it would be time to go over DSP again.
DSP can be done any time of day. For me, it works best in the morning. I take the time to do it before the business of the day sets upon me, because if I wait, it doesn’t get done. However, I know many people who do it at night, and there is something to be said for going to bed with positive thoughts from the DSP in your head. I remember hearing a talk by Wayne Dyer I think, who was speaking about changing our thinking to change our life, and about how sometimes we go to bed with worries on our mind, giving our subconscious free reign to dance and play in the negative thoughts while we sleep, thus perpetuating the negativity. I have to admit, since I heard that, I’ve incorporated a short period of DSP into my routine just before I fall asleep.
Anyway, DSP can be any number of things. I find meditation to be the most valuable. And, since it is the most valuable, people have very strong opinions about the right and wrong way to meditate. I got lots of comments the last time I wrote about meditation, all of them telling me, albiet in a very gentle way, that I was doing it wrong. Oh well…. I still say that to try and attach technique and rules to it makes it too difficult for most beginniners to even attempt, so I’m sticking to my opinion: meditation can be done anywhere, in any position. It is not about emtyping your mind, although some like to make this a goal, and that is fine. It is about training your mind. It’s about sitting quietly in the silence, and turning your thoughts to one thing: a mantra, a chant, an object or a thought, every time your thoughts stray. Soon we find that we can sit in the silence for longer and longer periods of time, and that intruding thoughts happen less and less frequently.
Reading of spiritual literature is also another DSP. I like to read daily meditation books, and there are a zillion of them out there. I also get emailed daily quotes that are very helpful. In the next blog I’ll publish a list of web sites where you can sign up to have quotes delivered.
Journaling is another very helpful DSP. You can write what is called stream of consciousness, where you may not have complete sentences or even legible writing, but instead you are just getting stuff out of your mind and onto the paper. This can be very helpful. Or, you can write about your thoughts, hopes, dreams and daily happenings, similar to a diary. Or you can write about affirmations, or about a specific topic as introduced by a daily reader.
Those are the three basics. There are other practices: visioning, prayer, even exercise can be a DSP. The point is to do it consistently. DSP tends to have a cumulative effect, the more you do it, the more peaceful and happy you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live!