March is Spiritual Wellness Month. So I figured a fitting topic to discuss is spiritual practices, easy spiritual practices! Let’s get to it, shall we?
People will test your patience and your kindness. As my grandmother used to say, “People will take your kindness for weakness.” It’s a shame but it’s true. Now apply that at work, a place where you are supposed to be professional and work in a professional environment. Unfortunately, there will always be that one person or small gang (Think of the gossip group) who presses your buttons. You want to give them a piece of your mind without it turning into an episode of Dave Chappelle’s skit When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong. HA.
So, what can you do? Sometimes, you can push back and put people in their place. However, what about how you feel after the situation? You want to tell your girlfriend and mom about it. There’s still that residual energy that needs to be removed. Other times, life itself gets to be overwhelming and we need some instant woosah moments. That’s where the under 10 minutes spiritual practices come to play.
1. Mind Prep
As the saying goes, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” If you prep your mind in the morning to focus and envision being productive, proactive, and positive, then your day is most likely going to manifest just that. For example, a late train won’t bother you too much because you realize it’s out of your control and getting angry isn’t going to get you to your destination faster. Every time I prep my mind in the morning to expect certain things, I become more active to see that thing happen.
2. Breath Work
Someone tried your patience. You’re in a meeting and someone threw you under the bus. Your day is overwhelming. What can you do? Take a deep breath and know that that thing will pass too. Open a window or go for a walk to get fresh air to cleanse your mind. You can take slow deep breaths by inhaling and exhaling through your nose. You can inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. You can inhale through your mouth and exhale through your mouth. Keep in mind to expand your chest as your taking these breaths to allow more space for oxygen. Breathwork allows you to recenter yourself almost immediately.
3. Carry Crystals
On any day, I’m carrying crystals for various reasons, such as to boost my energy, promote communication, or to help me attract something or someone. And, by carry I mean it’s in my bra or in my jeans pocket. This is another form of being prepared. For example, when I have to enter a meeting that I’m nervous about, I’ll carry a lapis lazuli to aid in communications. You can purchase any one of Judy Hall’s book about crystals to gain a better understanding of crystals.
A talisman is an object that brings good luck to the person carrying it. Some people use it as a form of protection. The best part about it is that it can practically be anything you want it to be. Side note: people who have a yacht built gives the manufacturer a talisman to put into the structure of it for good luck and protection from an unfortunate event. Some people place a picture of their family or a Bible that has been passed down from generation to generation. I know several friends who have a picture, charm, or a Cross or Crucifix in their car for various reasons. So, make something your talisman that you can hold or look at when you need a calm down session.
5. Drink Water
This sounds like a simple “Duh, Tia” suggestion but let this be a kind reminder to stay hydrated for multiple reasons. There are so many benefits we receive from drinking water. Drinking water is a great way to boost our energy and reduce fatigue. Drinking water causes us to take a mini mental break and relax.
6. Talk To Yourself
A quick pep-talk will be your saving grace, it was mine! I was in a situation where a person was not being professional and I told them what they were doing wasn’t professional. However, that person assured me that everything is fine. It wasn’t okay and quite frankly I was pissed. Instead of following up with that person (Because clearly, it’ll go in one ear and out of the other), I went to the restroom, I looked in the mirror, and had a talk with myself. In a nutshell, I told myself that this person is not going to take me out of my zone and show must go on. Sometimes, we can’t excuse ourselves and that’s fine. Have that pep-talk mentally by taking a deep breath, closing your eyes until you finish your thought, and proceed accordingly.
7. Meme Folder
Yup. You read that correctly. I have a folder on my phone that’s a photo album of nothing but memes. I collect them from Facebook and Instagram. Sometimes I send them to my friends and my family and other times I look at them for a good laugh. At times, all we need is a really good laugh.
8. Tea Time
Tea, like water, causes me to slow down and enjoy the moment. My favorite tea brand at the moment is Twinings. The only ingredient in the tea is the main ingredient. For example, their peppermint tea has only peppermint in it and it smells amazing. Carry packs of tea with you. This way all you need is a cup of hot water, which you can get just about anywhere.
9. Mentally Play It Out
Referring back to the Dave Chappelle’s skit When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong, play out that scenario in your mind as a way to vent and clear your mind! I do it and it such a relief because I can be extreme and not regret it later. For example, if someone is really getting on my nerves in a business setting, I’m mentally telling them to go to hell and get out of my eyesight. However, I know that’s not going to solve anything so I get to laugh about it later and maintain being professional, which leads me to the last point.
10. Practice Being Witty
In my opinion, being witty is just petty but doing it in a crafty way. Similar to when people write “per my last email” aka can you read aka clearly, you can’t read aka you’re not smart. Lol Being witty is a cool way to not let people bogart you as my Pop-Pop would say. It also builds your confidence because you know that people know they can’t pull wool over your eyes. So, practice some comebacks and boundary exercises. Some things I have learned to say firmly without feeling guilty are:
- Now is not a good time. Can you come back later?
- I have to do some research and get back to you.
- Just a moment. I need to finish writing out my thought.
- I’m going to lunch/bathroom. Let’s work on this when I get back.
WHY THE ABOVE PRACTICES WORK ON A SPIRITUAL LEVEL
Keep in mind that spirituality is a way of life. Spirituality is not just about placing crystals in our homes, reading oracle cards, and doing the sun salutation. It’s about owning your space, understanding you on a deeper level, being connected, not taking yourself too seriously, and the list goes on. Spirituality isn’t just one thing. It’s an outside of the box type of thing. So, I made some outside of the box suggestions, like the meme folder!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. You may think having a meme folder will not help you on a spiritual level. That’s fine. That’s what works for me and I know I make some people’s day by sending them memes. It’s all about what works for you and makes you happy so long as it’s not at the expense of someone else.
- People will also test you no matter how spirituality advance you are. People will take advantage of your kindness. People will want to pick your brain. People will not honor your time. That is of course without boundaries and without you speaking up.
- Sometimes, the gloves will have to come off. There will be times that all of this will get tossed out of the window because you will have to very directly and very bluntly put someone in their place. And, that’s okay.
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