What To Do When Spiritual Practices Become Guilt Trips
We develop spiritual practices and rituals for a number of reasons. To feel more connected internally and with the divine. To cultivate positive feelings of gratitude, inner peace, and greater happiness. To honor the divine. And more.
Recently I’ve noticed a pattern…feeling guilty about not being routine with spiritual practices. Summertime schedules have thrown off spiritual game. Here’s what I know about this line of thinking….
Guilt is one of the lowest vibration emotions we can carry in our energy field. Not only does it defeat the point of our spiritual practice, it blocks our light and ability to receive. Give yourself permission to release it. Tap through it if need be.
If you’re going through the motions because you feel like you should, you’re not fostering the genuine connection you’re seeking. Maybe today you don’t need to spend 20 minutes doing the same old meditation. Maybe today it’s all about doing 90 seconds of deep, focused breathing to create inner centeredness. Seconds of a deep, truly heartfelt connection with the divine is more powerful than 20 minutes of going through the motions.
Consider being a spiritual generalist. Open to many practices, attached to none. Have a toolbox of spiritual tools to pull from, and give yourself permission to use whatever one feels right for today, whether it is for 60 seconds or 60 minutes.
The divine is here to support us. Sure, they appreciate some love in return. But they will never punish or withhold their loving support for us because we’re not meditating the same amount of time each day. Which leads to the next line of thinking…
We’re not good enough to ask for help from the divine because we haven’t kept up our usual practices. Your angels will not say to you, hmm, I don’t think I’m going to help you today because I haven’t received much love in return lately. Nope. Not going to happen. Their love and support isn’t conditional.
This is an opportunity to develop a higher level of trust with self. By reflecting on what is in your highest good in this moment and taking action on it. It might look different day to day.
This might be a pattern in your life. Ask yourself, where else in my life do I feel like I should or have to do something? Keep in mind, this is an inside job. 😉 You telling you it has to be done or you’re not a good person.
So rather than me continuing to blabber about this, let’s get you in action by answering this question. What is one thing you can do today that will foster connection with self and with the divine?
Molly Hamill, MA, is a certified life coach, Kundalini yogini and mediation enthusiast. She works with people around the country helping them lose their stress and feel their best. After recovering from her own health journey (Hashimoto's Hypothyroiditis, Adrenal Fatigue, and Leaky Gut), she is especially passionate about helping others establish mindsets and habits that support their health and happiness. For more information about Molly, get her weekly emails (sign up in green bar below), follow her on her Instagram and Facebook page, or chat with her in her private Facebook group, where she posts daily to help keep you connected with truth, dreams and desires. Prior to breaking free of the 9-5 life, she was an award-winning human resources executive for a national healthcare company.