Your spiritual practice is your practice. No one can do it like you. And no one can do it for you. That being said, we are encouraged to have a spiritual practice that ‘looks’ like something so others can see that we’re doing it. My spiritual practice is very much like the one Amy Palko describes:

My devotional practice doesn’t look like a practice. In fact, to the outsider, it wouldn’t even look like devotion, let alone a practice! Because what it is is an unfolding, an opening, a questioning, an allowing, an accepting, a receiving, a surrendering, a dropping down into the gravity of my own body.

Rather than practicing yoga regularly, or morning pages, or meditation, or ceremonial honouring, I prefer to stay open to what feels most delicious to me in that moment. And yes, that might be yoga, or journalling, or meditation, or a ritual of sorts. It might also be a drinking a glass of really good full-­bodied Merlot. Or it might be a mid-­afternoon nap. It might be connecting with a soul sister through the wonders of Skype. Practicing devotion to my desire to swim through the midnight waters of the mystery is how I choose to experience my life. It’s a constant returning to embodied presence. And knowing that from this place, I can choose pleasure, I can choose healing, I can choose creativity, I can choose life, I can choose love. – Amy Palko

So, Sweet Pea, what does your own spiritual practice look like? What would you like it to look like? How can you let yourself be free enough to practice exactly the way you want to?

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My .03

by Stacey

imagesThe other day while I was in the bathroom at Whole Foods I looked down at the floor and saw a penny. Then another. And another. And while I usually pick pennies up off the ground as a sign from the Universe that money comes to me easily and effortlessly, this time I didn’t. And for good reason. Touching public bathroom floors and/or things left of public bathroom floors kind of squicks me out. I’m sure you understand.

So I still took it as a sign, just a different one.

This time I figured the Universe was asking me to think about money. How I make it. How I spend it. The choices I’ve made in the past about money. The choices I make now. And those I might make in the future.

I’ll be honest – I have a great deal of anxiety around money. It comforts me to know that most people have some kind of funk around the stuff from time to time. And in the past, I may have picked up those pennies, washed them and my hands with lots of soap and water, and put them in my pocket because really, who knows when I’ll be down to those last three cents?

As a solo-preneur, I’m still figuring how to ride the good fiscal times and float the bad ones.

And it’s getting easier every day. As I keep putting one foot in front of the other, making intentional decisions about how I use my resources of time and energy, more pieces of the puzzle that is my life are starting to fall into place.

I’ve learned that success is not just measured in dollars.

It’s also evidenced in the feedback I get from my private clients who experience an immediate reduction in pain after their first session, the therapists who refer their patients to me, and the way people make new friends and business connections in my group classes.

I’m incredibly grateful that things keep leveling UP, even if it’s not at the pace that I wish it would be all the time. Then again, I always was a bit of a late bloomer.

A friend once told me during one of my Great Financial Freak Outs that those of us who are artists and healers are also gamblers.

I’m proud to be all three.

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