My Quiet Time.Many days in the morning when I get up I have what I call a quiet time. It's at this time that I use what I call my "spiritual tools", each of which I am so grateful for. I don't use all of them every day, but choose what I feel inspired to use on any given day, depending on how much time I can allot to my quiet time. This quiet time is a part of my new structure, in that I'm going to take the time to have a quiet time every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.
Here are my spiritual tools:
I really let myself go in my journal, writing all types of lists, thoughts, stream-of-consciousness things, secret things. I also use it to help me make decisions. A really good journal time for me is pretty time intensive; it takes me about an hour to get into the nitty-gritty stuff, but almost never make that much time. This journal---the nicest I've ever had---was made for me by Leslie at Comfortable Shoes Studio.
I love when I can walk a labyrinth, but mostly I finger-walk my small personal labyrinths. This one was made by Stasia. They are meditative tools that put me in a receptive mode to hear Spirit.
I love the ritual of lighting a candle to start my quiet time, especially a fragrant aromatherapy candle. I used to use another type of candle, but then found out about Carla's, so I exclusively use hers now, since they're so wonderful.
4. Energy Muse Necklaces.
I wear one of these necklaces every day, depending upon my mood, and upon what I want to remind myself of throughout the day. They are intentional necklaces that carry a special energetic vibration of their own. This one is called Pele, named after the Hawaiian volcano goddess, a necklace that I exclusively wear in Hawaii, and it is my favorite. I do keep it on my dresser all the time, though:
I drink a cup of tea as a ritual while I'm having my quiet time.
6. Prayer Beads.
These are a new addition to my quiet time "menu". They are lovely beads made by Deborah of Story-Beads. They are very special to me. I walk with them when I go on a meditative walk. I use this one in particular to scan and be in my body. These in particular are "Clarity and Balance" beads.
Stands for "A Course in Miracles", a program of spiritual psychotherapy that I study to become more peaceful and forgiving.
I am always reading a daybook for inspiration, which helps me to sense the passage of time through the year as I work through it. I am currently reading Mark Nepo's "The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have":
9. Other Reading.
I am always reading several spiritual books, just because they feed my spirit. Here's my current stack:
10. Oracle Cards.
Sometimes I read oracle cards and sometimes inspirational cards, but I love them. Currently, I am using Sonia Choquette's "Trust Your Vibes" deck:
I incorporate something of Hawaii into every quiet time, because I am passionately in love with Hawaii, and doing so makes my soul happy.
12. My Aloha Religion.
Lastly, I have a "statement of beliefs" that is actually 17 pages long that is an amalgamation of all of the important spiritual things I believe. I call it "my aloha religion" because it has much in common with Hawaiian cultural values, but it is uniquely my own. Sometimes I read it when I feel far from who I really am, when I need to be reminded of what I stand for.
Again, I don't do these all---ever, but just pick the ones that resonate for the day! I am not myself without some sort of quiet time, though---the most sacred time of the day for me.
~Pictures by LoveHubbie (the good ones) and Me (the rest)