3. Spiritual Practices Exploration
Spiritual practices can be useful in continually figuring out who you are and what you value in life. Choose one or two of these spiritual practices to try out.
Meditation: There are thousands of ways to meditate. Try a few of these.
Check out this video on how simple meditation can be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6pMbRiSBPs&ab_channel=KenanYILMAZ
- Try different ways for your body to be. Sitting, lying down, standing, walking.
- Try different locations. On the floor or in a chair in different rooms, outside your house, in the woods, etc. I don’t recommend your bed as you’re more likely to fall asleep.
- Try different ways to focus. Light a candle/chalice and stare at the flame. Close your eyes and choose a sound, smell, feel to focus on or focus on everything at once. Eyes softly gazing into the distance.
- Try a guided meditation. Try an app like Headspace, Ten Percent Happier, or Calm
- Keep a notebook by your bed and write down your dreams when you first wake up.
- Consider talking to a friend, COA classmate, or family about your dreams. Ask them not to give you an interpretation. Just talking about it can bring insights to the meaning of the dream.
- Make some art that reflects the dream.
- Write/Journal about the dream. This isn’t a description, but a written interpretation.
- Decide on a book, tv show, or movie that is meaningful to you
- Choose one of the sacred reading practices listed here https://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/spiritual-practice-resources
- Choose a chapter, episode, scene to look at using your chosen sacred “reading” practice.
- Be sure to include the step of thinking about how your learning applies to your own life.