Soulful practices support you in feeling more peaceful, centered,and tapped into the inner guidance of your heart. They don’t have to be fancy and doing them regularly will help you sustain the peace they bring.
There are probably thousands of potential soulful practices and I have played with many of them. Here are 5 of my current favorites that are so simple you could start them today.
Connect to Your Heart
This beautiful daily practice can be done in just a few minutes or last as long as you wish. It not only keeps you feeling grounded and peaceful, but can also open the door to receiving messages and guidance from your heart.
Simply find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lay and place your hands over your heart. Breathe into your heart a few time and then just sit quietly with it, staying connected and tuned in. Let go of expectations that something will happen or judgement if it doesn’t. It can be different each day. Doing this regularly will increase how powerful the process is.
Pray When You Wash Your Hands
One of my clients (you know who you are) shared this practice with me of praying or expressing appreciation whenever you wash your hands. These stolen moments of prayer can keep you connected to your heart, God, and what really matters throughout the day.
Be the Light
This practice means staying connected to the loving kindness within you and sharing it with the world. It may show up as random acts of kindness, volunteering, or simply leaving every situation you come into better for your having been in it.
Meditate When You Go for a Walk
During these special walking mediation experiences you turn off your busy mind and focus on something more meaningful, or nothing at all. Counting your steps, being connected to the natural world, or looking for heart shapes along your way are all ways that your walk can become a meditation.
Focus on Gratitude, Appreciation, and Celebration
Daily gratitude practices have been scientifically proven to improve mood and well-being and I bet most of you are familiar with them. Writing gratitudes is one of the first things I go to if I find myself starting to feel low.
In the early years of my coaching career, I assigned all of my clients homework of writing daily 5 things they were grateful for and 5 things to acknowledge themselves for. They loved the gratitude part, but most resisted acknowledging themselves. Some couldn’t even bring themselves to come up with one thing. Since then, I have shifted the focus of this soulful practice to celebrating wins. Celebrating your accomplishments, no matter how small, is another lovely way to stay connected to your heart.
I encourage you to embrace a soulful practice and integrate it into your life. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do as long as it works for you. May it bring you the peace you are looking for.
If you would like to share your thoughts or a favorite practice of yours, you can leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you have to say.