The question is how do I stay motivated on my spiritual path and doing my daily practice?
You know whenever you start something new, there are times where you're going to be really enthusiastic about it, and there are times where you just need to do it and get it done with. It's absolutely like going to the gym, but this is your spiritual gym. The universe is going to give you a workout. Some days you're going to be way more enthusiastic about it, and other day you're just not really going to feel like doing it at all, but the proof is in the pudding so to speak.
If you start to observe the days in your life that you did practice, and the days in your life that you didn't practice, you will start to see, "Oh there is a difference in those days. I navigated through those days that I did my practice more grounded, in more positivity, in having more peace of mind and body. In the days I didn't, I was a little bit more anxious, or a little bit more stressed, or a little bit more irritable." Once you start knowing that, you build up the confidence to continue to do it daily.
You have to make it super important. If you know something is good for you, you make it important. You do it, right? In spiritual practice, you don't have to do it. That's the point. That's why you need motivation. You won't get paid if you don't go to your work. Your boss won't pay you, that's very clear, so you show up at work. That's a different kind of motivation. Spiritual practice is where you dedicate and say, "This is so important to me. This is great for my growth. This makes me a better person. This grounds me more. It shows me direction. It brings me purpose. It gives me energy." All of those things, then you'll do it.
If it's something that it's a bit of a chore. "Oh I'm not quite sure why I'm doing this," well of course you won't do it. Your spiritual gym will fall apart because you don't know why you should be motivated.
It's really great to keep a spiritual journal, and really note how your state of mind is the days that you practice and how you're growing. So on the days that you're not as motivated to do your practice, you can look back and see, "Oh, look at my growth on this path and having staying committed to doing this daily." You start to see the little shifts and sometimes the big shifts that are happening.
Because the biggest thing is you forget how far you've come. All right? That's one of the things. If you traveled from France to Italy, you kind of know how long where you've gone because you've got a map. Spirituality, it doesn't work that way, you know? Sometimes you've come so far, but you say to yourself, "What am I doing this for? I'm not anywhere." Well it's not a destination, it's a journey, right? You've heard this before. It's a journey that doesn't end. You commit yourself to it because you know other people of like mind are on that journey.
You get so much out of it, and your commitment is to something higher than yourself, and that's why you're doing it, right? The commitment to whatever you call it, God, divine, higher consciousness. Whatever you call it does not matter. It doesn't matter what religion you are, or what faith you are, if you connect and do your spiritual practice, you just elevate. That's what you get back from it. So practice is super important.
So stay positive, and just know do your practice every day. Try not to think about it much on those days that you're not motivated. That's the little trick that spiritual practice is, is that it make you feel good. Suddenly you're like, "Well, I don't really feel like doing this to make me feel good," for whatever reason that the mind's tricking you into that, you know? Pulling you into old negative mindsets and habits, but to know that just, just do it. Some days it'll be great. Some days it'll just be a chore, but ultimately, you're going to be in a positive, healthier, and happier place in your life.
You're doing it for that reason. You're not doing it to feel good, right? Because feelings come from the senses. I feel this, I feel that. That's up and down, up and down. You'll keep going through that, but if you just get up and do your practice because you know it elevates you. It puts you in a place of joy, and happiness, and brings you up, that's a good enough reason. So keep practicing. Know that people like us are practicing every day. So, if that's your motivation, do it for that reason.
Namaste and take good care.