THE LISTENING SEED
Today was french toast. Today was meditating in the sun. It was practice in the outdoor altar space, kitties standing guard, and the Great Pyr snuffling in her sleep.
Yesterday was a beam of blue light shooting through the frame like an omen only apparent upon reflection.
The day before that was the path to my house, welcoming the new day like a visiting friend.
And the day before that: Frustration and Impatience, teachers of letting go and divine timing.
Every day is new, every day has a story— a feeling— an essence.
How do you be present for that essence?
Commit to every day.
For instance, I’ve got a new personal practice: Moving qi, filming the practice, sharing the video, and doing it daily.
I film myself practicing tai chi, qigong, or kungfu and I post it online, once a day, every day.
Everyday Tai Chi Film, Day 21, film still by Brea Fisher
There’s a potency in doing something daily as opposed to doing something once in a while, or even often or regularly. The daily ritual has a quality of affecting your life in an incredibly deep way.
When you take part in a particular activity every single day, that activity changes you, for better or for worse. The routine makes up a significant part of your life, depending on how long you do it daily.
In a way, your everyday practices help define who you are.
There’s an idea I’ve heard about what deems something spiritual:
A practice becomes spiritual when it is done every day.
This is one of my favorite ways of thinking about spirituality.
To me, this idea unlocks the big golden door to Spirituality and opens it up to anyone and everyone. You don’t need to be of a certain religion, faith, or belief system to be spiritual.
You are spiritual simply because you wake up each day.
You are spiritual because you breathe, because you blink, because you drink, sleep, and pee.
You are spiritual every day you exist.
I believe to be alive is synonymous with being filled with spirit. However, for most people the idea of being spiritual suggests something one attains beyond existing.
Perhaps spirituality is cultivated when one holds a specific practice every day, and does so with love, care, and intention.
Penning a short poem every morning upon waking becomes a way to connect to one’s sense of the greater whole.
Dedicating each midday meal to someone you love takes lunch to a new level of consciousness.
Committing to a daily set of stretches, feeling into your body, and becoming present even just a few minutes can make an ordinary day extraordinary.
When you start a daily ritual and infuse it with love and intention, it’s like planting a seed.
The daily care you put into your personal practice is the water, sunlight, and soil, giving that seed all it needs to germinate, sprout, and grow into whatever beautiful plant it will be.
Everyday practice creates a sacred space for magic to happen.
On the day I write this it is Day 17 of the Everyday Tai Chi films. I’m still just a sleeping seed below the surface of the earth.
But already the practice has opened me up, given me inspiration, and allowed me to reach deeper into myself.
There is a universal feeling that comes from successfully completing something one sets out to accomplish. I highly recommend giving yourself the opportunity to get this feeling every single day.
Plus, even though your personal practice may be the same thing done over and over again, it isn’t stale, or rote, or the same old thing when you do it with focused intent and love.
Every day is a secret.
There exists a mystery in the new day. A daily practice can offer you a method of becoming present to the hidden themes, lessons, and gifts each rising sun reveals.
An everyday practice done with open eyes and an open heart opens you up to experiencing life in a deeper, more profound way.
When you take on your personal practice with a sense of awareness, your everyday routine becomes sacred.
As part of the Everyday Tai Chi films, I’ve let go of my perfectionist attitude when it comes to making lesson films to publish online…
Which means I’ve got one for you today!
It’s about four minutes, and I’d like you to follow along.
The idea here is to give you a short practice to do daily. And I do mean that. Every. Single. Day. Try it and see what happens.
This particular form is called Lung Cleansing, an autumn form that uses the metal element to balance and support you during the fall season.
If you don’t want to practice this form every day, your challenge is to find something else you can commit to doing daily, and with awareness. Or maybe you already have a daily ritual. Perhaps you could take this opportunity to infuse it with more love.
What you do does not define the totality of who you are; however…
What you do helps who you are express itself.
In the world today there are many things people do on a daily basis that are not necessarily born out of inspiration and joy.
We have jobs to go to, families to care for, and chores to do. We do our daily routines to get by, because we feel we have to, or simply to survive.
It’s powerful to find something you actively choose to do daily just for you.
Create for yourself an everyday practice and do it because you like it. Do it because it feels good.
Do it because it helps you connect with the deeper Who You Are, every day.