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The Path to Sassy Spirituality

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The Path to Sassy Spirituality

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Still filled with Catholic guilt? Not quite sure how to make this connection with the Divine as a willing adult participant? Take time to communicate with a spirit that beckons you, whether it be Buddha, Jesus, or Elvis. Come to a comfortable place, carve out some time, and get into position. Prepare by lighting a candle, fasting, ringing a bell, or bowing to your altar – whatever resonates for you. Try a cross-legged seated pose, kneel near a window, or simply lie still on your bed. Create your own ritual. Find your own way to pray – it’s your party. Begin the prayer by singing, reading, reciting a favorite quote, or lowering your head. Express gratitude. Ask for courage. Send good thoughts to others. Seek solace. Share your thoughts. It’s like journal writing aloud. Finish with a bow, an “amen,” a ring of the bell, or by blowing out the candle. Voilà, you’ve had your own prayer party. Rinse and repeat as needed.

The way I combat those not-so-positive voices is with affirmations – short, pithy, positive statements made in the present tense. You may ask, “Really, I’m supposed to say things like ‘I am beautiful,’ ‘I can do anything,’ ‘I am a successful writer’?” Indeed you are!

There is a whole café built around affirmations in the San Francisco Bay Area called Café Gratitude. Every item on the menu is an affirmation. It’s inspiring just to place an order. I’m a big fan of their “I am bold.” If you’re in the area, why not try their “I am happy” or “I am peaceful”? Rather than simply ordering vegan nachos or pizza, the café ensures that you will take a moment to repeat a positive affirmation. Customers are asked: “What are you grateful for today?”

Next time self-doubt comes for a visit, ignore it and instead start your day, meeting, or event on a positive note by reciting the mantra “I can do anything” and watching what transpires. Your mind will quickly catch up with your mouth.

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Kimberly Wilson

Kimberly Wilson is a yogini, writer, entrepreneur, and eco-fashion designer currently obsessed with Paris, potbelly pigs, and all things sparkly. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Tranquil Space – named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, penned Hip Tranquil Chick and Tranquilista, and holds a Master’s in Women's Studies. Indulge in musings on tranquilology through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at kimberlywilson.com.

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11:53PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for article.

11:52PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for article.

11:51PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for article.

3:25PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Nice article!

2:30PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Thank you - there's a lot of charm here!

3:43PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

This is definitely something to think about, especially the jump-start lines for writing in a journal. That's something I try to do regularly, and since I joined OhLife, it's something I'm doing every day. Those lines are good for when I don't have a rant stored up for an entry.

Pat C., I may try that book out - thanks for the recommendation.

Thank you for posting.

1:50PM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

For a whole book of sassy, delightful, enticing ideas about spirituality, take a look at Sera Beak's fabulous book, The Red Book. It is geared towards a youngish audience, but folks of all ages love it. Including me!

8:15PM PDT on May 31, 2010

TERESA:
Spirituality is a serious matter. But it doesn't mean we need to be 'serious' = rigid, solemn, guilt-driven with our practice. If it works for you, that's fine. But for many people fun-approach is a lot more motivating and effective.

7:07PM PDT on May 31, 2010

i loved this article!!!

9:56AM PDT on May 31, 2010

Cafe gratitude sounds so cool! I will have to check it out on my next trip to San Francisco.

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