Search

Day 14 Commitment to Ananda My Daily Practices


I’ve been on a path of conscious, spiritual evolution for most of my life. I was given a book about crystals at the age of nine, and in that book were guided meditations. I fell in love with meditation. I started doing yoga with a neighbor at age 14. My parents are not interested in spirituality AT ALL. I don’t know where my obsession came from.

I’m 42 now, so for 33 years I’ve had a meditation practice, and for 28 years I’ve had a yoga practice. I’ve discovered what works for me, and what doesn’t, and that’s what I share with people. I’ve only kept the spiritual practices that are the most effective for aligning me with my highest self (Spirit).

At this point, my daily spiritual practices are the following:

  • Meditation

  • Yoga Asanas

  • Breath work

  • Heart coherence

  • Gratitude

  • Selfless service

  • Group meditation, prayer and intention

  • Placebo

  • Blessing my body, my day and my life

  • Forgiveness

  • Blessing others

  • Night Review

Meditation

I meditate on the chakras every day for at least 2 hours. I also meditate in the morning and before bed for about a half hour each. Meditation is a practice that helps me to be aware of the ”monkey mind”, be present more of the time and also helps me to feel my oneness with all that is. It’s also a hobby. Meditation, for me, feels so amazing. While I’m in that beautiful meditative state, I often feel waves of deep peace, bliss and love that I can carry into my day. I’m a better person because of meditation.


Yoga Asanas

I often have only 5-15 minutes to do yoga, so sometimes my practice will only be a few sets of sun salutations.


Breath work

Pranayama is one of the “eight limbs” of yoga. I use the breath intentionally to move energy in my body.


Heart coherence

This is a practice that I do nearly constantly. Heart coherence is simply the practice of breathing slowly in and out, as if through your heart, and feeling a good feeling. That’s it.


Gratitude

This is another practice that has become just a habitual way of being. I simply feel grateful for as often as possible.


Selfless service

I find that for some reason, giving and serving without any expectations of receiving anything in return Helps me to feel very close to spirit.


Group meditation, prayer and intention

Every day, I host a livestream on YouTube that includes a group intention. This is powerful stuff.


Placebo

I take nootropic vitamins three times every day and I intend for these vitamins to help me to “wake up”. I have actually found this practice to be very effective.


Blessing my body, my day and my life

Every morning, before I even open my eyes, I take a minute or two to bless my body, my day and my life, and every night as I’m falling asleep, I bless my body and my life.


Blessing others

Throughout my day, I make a conscious choice to bless whoever I meet. I remember to do this only about half of the time, honestly. It is still an amazing practice though, and it feels amazing.


Night Review

The night review came about because I wanted to review my life before I die. Instead of waiting to die, I can review each day. I ask myself how I did, and how I could do better if I could live the day again.


Forgiveness

Every night, as part of my night review, I forgive whoever I’m feeling resentment, or even mild irritation toward.


I’m not perfect at these practices. The ones that I do every single day, no matter what is going on in my life, are meditation, blessing my body, breath work, placebo, group intention, gratitude, heart coherence and the night review. I haven’t really figured out yet how to serve. Sometimes it seems that there’s nothing to serve. I could be better with this, for sure. Of all the spiritual practices that I do, this one feels like the most important.


My meditation practice has I have come full circle. For a long time, I thought that meditation was the most important thing to do in order to connect deeply to, and live more fully in, spirit. I then saw such growth and tremendous value in other things. Those “other things” being group intention, presence and service. I thought for a little while, that maybe meditation isn’t as important as I once thought. During this strange time, I was only meditating for an hour every day. That’s a great amount of time for some people, but I was used to meditating for about 3-4 hours every day. Now, once again, I’m feeling the enormous value and necessity of meditation. I’m meditating for 3 hours every day, and it is making an incredible difference in my feeling of love and connection with all of life, and it definitely makes a huge difference in the quality of my day.

Yesterday, I did very well.

I was the most present that I’ve been able to be so far in this commitment. I definitely did serve what was in front of me, with my whole heart.

I didn’t scroll social media, and I didn’t take in any informatio.

I trusted life entirely. I felt a tinge of trying to control time - I wanted to make it to my exercise class on time, and I didn;t end up making it. I was able to let it go immediately though. I just allowed it to unfold. It felt so much better to not have any part of me trying to control things.

I didn‘t feel an ounce of resistance all day.

I meditated for about 3 hours. My meditation practice will be very intense this weekend. I’m very much looking forward to it.

I gave and served to everyone and every thing that was in front of me.


The “rules” or guidelines for a year of Ananda (See Ananda definition here)

* I will be as present as possible, grateful and loving what arises. I will focus on serving whatever is in front of me joyfully.

* No social media scrolling! I will only post my content and answer comments and questions that are on my content.

* No intake of external information. No more podcasts, books, audiobooks, YouTube videos or information of any kind. 😳 I will turn inwards for answers, guidance and information.

* I will trust life COMPLETELY. No more struggle, striving, controlling, wanting or trying to make something happen. I will trust and know that whatever is in my life is perfect, and I don’t need to fix or change it.

* I will move toward what I resist, NO personal preferences or agendas. I will say YES to all of life. (Unless I'm in physical danger, of course)

* I will engage in as many spiritual practices as possible every day.

* I will focus on GIVING and SERVING.

Recent Posts

See All

It's About U

Unlimited, Upgrading, Uplifting, United