Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like [Episode #608]
This week’s topic is: Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like
Spiritual growth is one of our four cornerstones here at Solluna, our others, our food body and emotional wellbeing and food body and emotional wellbeing are obviously a little bit easier to define and broad.
When it comes to spiritual growth, we get a lot of questions about what is and what it means? How is it different from religion? What are you talking about with spiritual growth? I’m so excited about this topic today because it gives us the opportunity to have a conversation about this and to really get into spiritual growth.
To me the most basic definition has to do with awareness and self-connection. It’s not about religion and these belief systems where we’re separate and have different dogma philosophies. It’s a lot more broad to me. Spiritual growth has to do with how awake, connected, and aware we are of who we really are. Who we really are in yoga language is referred to as the true self.
I always share with you guys what works the most for me and I feel spirituality is so important to talk about and is not something we want to push to the side. It all starts with the interstate, our connection to the true self. And that is the core of what we talk about with spiritual practice.
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How can I be a positive influence on my partner to open him up to spirituality?
Clara – Louisiana
I’ve always been kind of half-hearted when it comes to being religious and haven’t done much about my spirituality. I would love a step-by-step of how to transition out of being part of a by-the-book practice and more into connection with a higher power.
Josée – Montreal
Hello Kimberly, I have been doing your wonderful guided meditations every morning and evening for a few months now. After the recording, I like to continue 15-20 minutes on my own but I’m not sure how. Do you have any suggestions for deepening my meditation? Thank you very much ! ❤🙏
Lydia – Salem
I feel like I have all of your cornerstones down pat except for the spiritual one. I can’t seem to calm myself down with all the happenings in my life. Between work, home life and keeping my relationship healthy, I end up taking it all on and get frustrated easily and sometimes go into a deep funk. Any tips you can suggest for this cornerstone that could help?
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Kimberly: Hi Beauties and welcome to our Thursday, Q&A podcast. Our community show where all of these questions have been sourced right from our beautiful, amazing community, including you. My love. I’m so grateful. You’re here listening. And our topic today is Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like.
Spiritual growth is one of our four cornerstones here at Solluna, our others, our food body and emotional wellbeing and food body and emotional wellbeing are obviously a little bit easier to define and broad when it comes to spiritual growth, we get a lot of questions about what is, what is a spiritual practice even mean? What is spirituality? How is it different than religion? What are you talking about with spiritual growth? So I’m so excited about this topic today because it gives us the opportunity to have a conversation about this and to really get into it spiritual growth in, uh, in, uh, to me in the most basic definition has to do with awareness and self connection.
Kimberly: So it’s not about religion, it’s not about, um, you know, I do this and you know, this person believes these belief systems and we’re separate and we’re different dogma philosophy. It doesn’t get into that. It’s a lot more broad to me. Spiritual growth again, has to do with how awake and connected and aware we are of who we really are and who we really are in yoga language is referred to as the true self. So the false self is the ego, the surface, the external, when we attach our identity to something that isn’t really who we are. So that’s when we get into trouble, that’s when we suffer because we think we are this one job. So when the job goes away, we, we feel, um, you know, low in our self-worth or self-esteem may be affected. Or we think who we are is this, you know, mutable face.
Kimberly: And then as the years and the decades go by, the, your face will change as all our faces do. And then your identity, if your identity is tied up in that, then you start to feel, um, pressure, stress suffering. So spiritual growth getting on this path is about connecting to the essence inside of you, who you really, really are. And I am so passionate about talking about this because really understanding myself deeper and working on connecting with my true self and really cultivating a strong spiritual practice has changed my entire life. I always share with you guys what works the most for me, which is why in the beginning, I focused almost exclusively on food, because that was the biggest cornerstone I had to heal within myself. I was imbalanced. I was trying different. I had eating disorders in the past and my relationship with food was very unhealthy.
Kimberly: So I had to focus there, right? It’s like our physical needs need to be met. Primarily. If there’s a big issue with our physical needs, then we can’t really keep going deeper and deeper into ourselves. But when I healed that, I realized, okay, there’s all these other things I want to accomplish. I want to create my life and I want to do this and this and this. And at the heart of it is this spiritual growth because everything is energy. And I’ve been talking about this since the beauty detox solution. And I didn’t understand it as deeply yet, but I knew I understood energy and digestion. It was more than numbers. And so when we start to connect inside, what that will give us is an unshakeable connection to our truth. So we start to grow in true confidence and our creativity and things start to flow.
Kimberly: More things don’t feel as arduous. We can grow in abundance. We can start to attract and manifest things much more easily. This has been my personal experience. So I share that with you. And so this self-connection this opening up, this unfolding of identifying with the true self instead of with the false self, gives us access to our fullest power in our fullest beauty and our fullest ability to co-create our dream life. So yes, this is so important to talk about this. Isn’t something that we want to push to the side because we think, oh, food is going to change everything for me, food is important. It’s one of our cornerstones, but it will not give you everything. Neither will the money or the one perfect relationship or the one perfect job. It all starts with the interstate, our connection to the true self. And that is the core of what we talk about with spiritual practice.
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Question #1 around the topic of: Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like: How can I be a positive influence on my partner to open him up to spirituality?
Kimberly: Okay. All that being said, let’s get into our podcast today, digging into what a spiritual practice looks like. What does it really look like? What are we really talking about here? First question comes from Beth and Idaho and she writes, how can I be a positive influence on my partner to open him up to spirituality? So this is a beautiful question. And thank you so much, Beth. First of all, for being part of our community, I send you so much love out there to Idaho. And I’m so grateful that we can be connected over time and space sending you so much love my sister. And I love this question because, you know, we used to get a lot of questions in a similar vein about food. How do I influence my partner to start eating healthier or to become plant-based? And it’s the same theme and the answer is the same, but a little bit different.
Kimberly: And what I mean by that is we can’t make someone change. We cannot make them be different or be in a different place than where their soul currently is, where they are in their life journey, experientially yet at the same time. And you hit the nail on the head here, when you said, how can I be a positive influence? Because even though we can’t change someone, we can influence, we can introduce, we can inspire. And that comes from our own personal example. And so what I would say to you, Beth, is to live your practice, whatever that looks like for me, my practice is my twice a day meditations, my introspection, mindfulness journaling, really, um, going inward and being more aware day by day of my reactions, my triggers, the framework at which I’m looking at things through and really, really putting energy into that.
Kimberly: But the root and the core of it is my twice a day meditations. So what I would encourage you to do Beth is to live your practice and to do your meditations in your practice, whatever it looks like for you and to focus on yourself first and primarily, it’s like, you know, when we, when we switched to a healthy diet, we focus on how does this, these foods make me feel, and I can share with my partner and my family, how I feel. And also sometimes we don’t even need to say it. They will notice the shifts in your energy and your skin and your attitude. And with spirituality, people will start to notice this blossoming, this beautiful unfolding of your energy and your eyes, the calmness, the, the way that you bring the presence that you bring to things. So I think living your practice is going to be the first and primary way that you can, um, influence your, your partner.
Kimberly: The second way is to stay connected, loving, and vulnerable in your interactions with your partner. And from this loving space, you can start to bring into the conversation with, without pushing or without feeling like you’re trying to convert someone. You can just share, say, Hey, you know, I’ve really wanted to share with you that I’m meditating every day. And it’s just opening me up to different dimensions within myself. If you’re ever open to meditating with me, we can sit, we can together, we can do this guided Solluna meditation together, the other, you know, whatever it is and keeping that vulnerable energy. So vulnerability is so connected because it means we can communicate without walls. And without that pushing, without shutting down and no forcing an agenda. So if you come to your partner and you’re like, I was just working so much for me and I don’t want to, you know, I don’t want you to feel like I’m pushing you, but I wanted to just share this.
Kimberly: It feels really good coming again from connection and vulnerability usually yields the best results. And I know when I speak to my husband from that place, he’s like, oh, okay, babe, versus me kind of telling him how it is or how it should be, which is always met with resistance. And like, are you trying to change me? Because I’m, I’m feeling pretty good the way I am or whatever, you know, um, people don’t like to be told, but sharing and vulnerability and connection is what people really respond to. So I want to try to approach it from that angle, Beth, and just keep living your life and living your practice and seeing how that enfolds around you. And I’m excited to see how it enfolds. So please stay connected to us. Write in, send me a message. All right. Another question. And let me know how it keeps unfolding and how we can keep supporting you. But I love that you’re you’re at that place where you can feel how important this is and you want to share it outwardly. So thank you so much. My love sending you so much love.
Question #2 around the topic of: Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like: I’ve always been kind of half-hearted when it comes to being religious and haven’t done much about my spirituality. I would love a step-by-step of how to transition out of being part of a by-the-book practice and more into connection with a higher power.
Kimberly: All right, our next question comes from Clara and she lives in Louisiana. Hello. My love she writes. I’ve always been kind of half-hearted when it comes to being religious and haven’t done much about my spirituality. I would love a step-by-step of how to transition out of being part of the, by the book practice and more into connection with a higher power. All right, Clara, beautiful question. And I think that this is something that a lot of us can relate to where maybe we grew up with a religion and maybe it resonated. Maybe it didn’t maybe parts of it felt, um, like a generic, I guess, is the word. Or as you use here, Clara have hearted or just didn’t feel as resonant with you.
Kimberly: And you were just kind of going through the motions. I will, I will share personally that I grew up going to church every single Sunday, and I didn’t really connect with my church. It felt like formal and very ritualistic, but I, I just kind of tuned out a lot during service. I just zoned out this is a Catholic, this was a Catholic church. And, um, didn’t really, it didn’t really feel like it related to my life. So I would show up and I would go and it would make my parents happy. And afterwards there was often like socializing and tea and stuff like that. And then I would go home and it didn’t feel like it really penetrated down into my heart. Now, some people including one of my best friends, Gary Jansen, who is a practicing Catholic and gets a lot out of that. And he also meditates.
Kimberly: And so we’ve had these conversations, he’s a guest here on the podcast and I encourage you Clara to listen to that podcast with Gary, we will link to it in the show notes. It’s about the difference between religion and spirituality. And we go very deep into this. But what I will say is my connection to spirit was always there. Even as a child, I loved feeling inside and spending that time. And I would talk to Jesus, who is my avatar. He still is one of my gurus and it felt really good to me to connect from a heartfelt place. But again, the ritualistic part didn’t resonate with me personally. So what I would say is to go into the practices, Clara, that make you feel that connection to higher power because that connection is available to all of us. I believe that we are all made in the image of spirit and we have spirit inside of us and it’s part of us.
Kimberly: And that is what the true self is. It’s our inherent, the divine part of us. That’s below the surface. Our essence, our soul, who we really are, that can not be defined by numbers, cannot be defined by the surface and evaluations and what we look like. And you know, things that are on paper, it’s beyond all that this energy is beyond all of that because it’s energetic. And it’s, again, the essence, the true soul, deep, deep, deep inside of us. So the practices that resonate with me are going, dropping into that center, which is meditation, is what gives us that, that connection, that space. And then after I meditate, I pray, usually I speak to spirit and that potent space, I don’t rush into the next thing I don’t, um, you know, uh, try not to just run, but I, I marinate because to me, meditation is clearing the space for that connection.
Kimberly: It means we’re dropping down out of the tasks, out of the to-do list, out of the evaluating mind, we’re letting things settle down and then we go in and then we can pray. And then we can connect with spirit. We can have a very real conversation in the language of our hearts. That’s the phrase that Yogananda always used in the language of our hearts. So the way to get out of this by the book practice for me has also involved, not necessarily saying the written out prayers that I used to say as a little girl, I used to say the hail Marys every night, over and over again. And the, our father and these are very powerful prayers. And if you resonate with them, I do not, you know, keep going with that. It’s a beautiful practice for you, but there are some of us like me that it just started to feel like I was rattling the prayers off.
Kimberly: And I was, my mind was wandering. I wasn’t being really present. So for me, speaking to God, to spirit, to universe, whatever word you want to use, it doesn’t matter in the language of my heart means in that potent space, I drop it and I speak, you know, spirit. Yeah. Um, I love you. This is what’s going on. This is what I’m struggling with. Sorry, there’s a lot of noises around here. Um, a minute Hawaii, I’m doing this podcast outside, so there’s birds and animals and dogs and restraints. Um, but I, I speak to spirit and I say, you know, I’m struggling with self-worth today, or, you know how me too feel, um, helped me to feel more or connected to myself, helped me to feel a stronger today and literally, uh, speed that way. Or I’m so grateful for, you know, my babies. And I’m just, you know, I’m feeling This, this longing to be more connected to you and to life, whatever it is, you know, I’m just babbling now. But I speak in this informal way. I speak in the way that I would speak to a friend or, you know.
Kimberly: My mother or my father, even beyond that, because it depends on our complicated relationship with, with other humans, including our parents, but it’s, it’s for me, um, personalizing the spiritual process. So meditation feels very personal to me going into, um, my body, going into the deepest parts of myself and connecting into that limitless space and then praying in my heart and staying in my heart. So it feels personal because it is personal and I’m using my own language. And I am, um, just really, uh, feeling that closeness with spirit. So as far as step-by-step Clara, I would say, you know, first of all, carving out space and intention meditating at least once a day in the morning, if you’re going to do once a day, I recommend the morning carving out seven minutes for one of our guided meditations, which are free. They’re on the Solluna app.
Kimberly: They’re also on our website, mysolluna.com or any kind of meditation guided that works for you that you resonate with. And I would start just making that your practice or ritual, which is not about religion. It’s about connection with self, with true self and with spirit. So then you meditate, you create that open space, and then afterwards you can pray from your heart. You can journal, you can use the next few minutes to really introspect and to go down, down, down, because to me, the spiritual practice, the process, the practices is to help us further our connection of self real self realization. So any type of introspection. And I know to me as part of that spiritual awareness, because then we start to realize the ways we’ve identified with our ego, the ways we’ve identified with a false self. And once we realize that we can go deeper and deeper into connecting with the real self, the true self, and that starts to melt away insecurity, comparison of feeling enough, excess stress from doing, doing, doing to try to, um, create self-worth.
Kimberly: And we keep going deeper and deeper and deeper into who we really are. And that is, you know, like when you change your diet and you start to notice, oh, my skin’s looking better and I have more energy. And then that gives you the impetus to go further and further. And so it is with a spiritual path. The reason I keep going further and further is because I notice very tangible differences in my life, such as more peace, more calmness, more ability to be present, healthier relationships. All of that keeps going deeper. And where we realize higher power is not separate from us, higher power is not up there in the sky, somewhere higher powers here. And now with me, I am connected. And the more I connect, the more identify with that part of me and everything in my life gets better. So try the meditations and the language of your heart prayers, Clara, and journaling as a, as a regular practice and see how things unfold for you. My love, thank you so much for being part of our community. And I send you so much, much love.
Kimberly: Oh, my Beauties. We’re going to take a short break now. And when we get back, we will have two more questions for you guys on this, on this topic of digging into what a spiritual practice looks like.
Kimberly: Hi Beauties. We are back from our break and we have two more questions for you on this topic of digging into what a spiritual practice looks like.
Question #3 around the topic of: Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like: Hello Kimberly, I have been doing your wonderful guided meditations every morning and evening for a few months now. After the recording, I like to continue 15-20 minutes on my own but I’m not sure how. Do you have any suggestions for deepening my meditation? Thank you very much ! ❤🙏
Our first question comes from Josée and she lives in Montreal and she writes, hello, Kimberly, I’ve been doing your wonderful guided meditations every morning and evening for a few months. Now, after the recording, I like to continue 15 to 20 minutes on my own, but I am not sure. How do you have any suggestions for deepening my meditations? Thank you very much. Oh, Josée, this makes me so happy. My love I’m so happy to hear that you are doing the meditations regularly. This again just makes my heart sing because I know that regularity and consistency are what makes the big difference, right? It’s I can to drinking the glowing green smoothie every morning, most of the time, and seeing the benefits of taking in all those vitamins and minerals and antioxidants and fiber, and seeing how it plays out in your life over the days and the weeks, but drinking it regularly versus once a year, you do a big, fast, and you clean out, but then the rest of the time, you’re not really eating that well.
Kimberly: So there’s a big difference to be made in our daily habits that we follow day in and day out. And meditation is core, core core to our day, because it’s all about it’s the one time where we turn the census inside every the rest of the time, we’re always looking outward and, and, you know, reacting, our nervous system is reacting to external stimuli, but meditation is about pulling the energy in connecting, nurturing the true self, being there with that beautiful connection. And then that in turn influences everything that we put out from our language, from the throat chakra to our ability to be creative, to feel safe in the world. I mean, everything is just impacted from our meditations, our spiritual practice I’ll broaden that thing. So Josie, this makes me really happy. And it also makes me happy that you want to extend your meditation.
Kimberly: This is the next step. First, we may struggle with sitting for five minutes or three minutes or seven minutes, but once we start to get into a flow, just like we strengthen a muscle, we realize we have the ability to sit longer and longer. And ideally you do want to sit 20 minutes or longer. You want to extend your meditations. So what I recommend Josée is to just listen to the tract, which is generally around seven minutes. And then once the track is over. So basically in practical enlightenment meditation, which is the meditation, um, process and method I’m teaching. Now there’s a, there’s a physical movement part. And then you get into your breath and then there’s an intention. And then you marinate in that intention, the open space that follows. So what I would recommend is going through the tract and at the end, there’s a part where you say, you bring your hands together and you say gratitude.
Kimberly: We always closed in gratitude, and you can listen to that. You can feel a moment of gratitude, but just let the, the recording run through and don’t move. And then in that space afterwards, just continue to be right there as you are. We’ve already prepared you with a physical movement and with the breath work. So you could just, you know, just keep staying with that breath work. Or you can say the affirmation further, or you can just literally be in that space. So those are your three choices. Number one, repeat the breath work that we did remember to repeat the affirmation, the intention internally, either part of the time or even the full time, if that feels good to you. But usually I would say part of the time and then just sit in that space, that inner interstate, that energy, that we’ve cultivated, very high vibration.
Kimberly: It should be relaxed. It should be more open, more expansive, more connected. So you can just sit there and resonate marinate in that energy, but don’t feel like you have to move or repeat the meditation or do anything. Just sit there, let it run its course and keep going. And then afterwards you can mess with your phone, but definitely don’t get in the technology yet. Just be there and let it all unfold. You can sit there for as long as you can afterwards, and you will continue to get benefits. And then when you feel complete, you can bring your hands together and say another closing of your own meditation and gratitude and giving. Thanks. And then you can move on with your day. But I love that Josie, and it means so much that you’re able to sit further and that you’re progressing and that you’re seeking that. So it makes me so happy. My love keep going, keep going, beauty. There’s more and more to uncover, always. So, so happy for you and sending you so much love.
Question #4 around the topic of: Digging Into What A Spiritual Practice Looks Like: I feel like I have all of your cornerstones down pat except for the spiritual one. I can’t seem to calm myself down with all the happenings in my life. Between work, home life and keeping my relationship healthy, I end up taking it all on and get frustrated easily and sometimes go into a deep funk. Any tips you can suggest for this cornerstone that could help?
Kimberly: And I’ll write our last and final question comes from Lydia and she lives in Salem. She writes, I feel like I have all of your cornerstones down, pat, except for the spiritual one. I can’t seem to calm myself down with all the happenings in my life between work, home life and keeping my relationship healthy. I ended up taking it all on and get frustrated easily, and sometimes go into a deep funk. Any tips you can suggest for this cornerstone that could help Lydia. My love. It sounds like you are very ready to take on this cornerstone. And it also seems like to me that this is a big missing piece of your life right now that you can nurture. And it will start to feel like the real, um, mattress for all the, the real, uh, trying to think of the best word rock bed, the, the foundation for everything, the glue that will tie everything together because we can eat well and we can exercise and we can have all these other parts of our life.
Kimberly: But spirituality is what runs the energy that runs through everything and ties everything together. Spirituality is when we work on that deep connection to the truest, most powerful energy inside of us. So when it starts to eliminate, like, as you mentioned, these, these funks, which come from disconnection, by the way, stress and funks and moods, and all of that comes from being disconnected to the true self. So then we try to fill that hole. We try to fill those feelings of lack with doing more eating, better, losing more weight, getting more money, all this stuff outside, and all of those things can be great and could be powerful, but what’s underneath is this sense of lack. And so when we really start to work on awareness and self connection, which again is the heart of spiritual growth and our spiritual practice, then we just elevate everything.
Kimberly: Everything doesn’t feel so stressful. And prickly is the word that I would use before in my life. Like, eh, like there’s this little interaction, this annoyance, I see this. And it throws me off. Spirituality will give you that stability that we’ve been seeking, whether we realize it or not, because spirituality means no matter what’s going on externally, what someone says, what someone else is doing on social media or in my life, I am still stabilized inside. I do not need to rely on the unreliable world outside of me to make me feel stable, to make me feel soothed, to make me feel okay. I have the ability because I am connected on the inside. I am this, um, and was impenetrable fortress on the inside because I’m so connected. My interstate is so strong. So this, you know what you’re looking for here, Lydia, this ability to be resilient, to be peaceful, to feel calm in all your situations, all of that will come from your spiritual practice.
Kimberly: So, um, so getting into it is what I’ve been talking about in the show, dialing dialing in number one, if there’s one thing I recommend is consistent morning meditation set the energetic tone for your day so that you don’t feel like you’re spiraling out all the time, the meltdowns, the annoyances, it’s not going to go away overnight, practically speaking, but the consistency, again, just like drinking your GGS over time, builds energy. And so when you start to meditate every morning, you’re building that intention, you’re building energy. So that over time, the peace and the settling down that you feel in your meditation will start to dribble more into your day, will start to like leak in here and leak in there. And you start to, the biggest difference for me is you start to identify with the true self versus the ego. So when you know, something comes up instead of identifying with the anger, which is the ego or identifying with the, you know, oh, it has to be this way.
Kimberly: You had the strength and the resilience to be able to sit back and be like, oh, well, there’s a choice here. I can identify with this and I can get swept up. Or I know that I am this piece underneath the true self is not really involved with this. This is [inaudible] annoyance, but just becomes easier to flow and to let things go. So, so really dial in that morning, meditation, Lydia, and make it part of your life. And then step two would be to also bookend it and to be consistent with your evening meditation. So that way you’re starting the day and you’re tuning in and over time, you’re building more and more of that piece. And at the end of the day, you’re able to let go more easily and reset and rebalance and come back to your center as well. So give it a go.
Kimberly: Um, as we, as I was talking about with Josie, we have these wonderful guided meditations for you, and now I’m putting out one a week. So there’s lots of ones to check out. And also spiritually, we get really deep in the Solluna Circle and it’s a beautiful place to celebrate yourself, to be heard, to be seen, which is where the healing comes from. And also practically there’s a lot of information and tips that we talk about daily and on our monthly zoom. So I would encourage you to join our community there. It’s really beautiful. And really life-changing. So thank you. Sit Lydia. My love. Keep in touch with me. I would love to hear how your practice continues to evolve and how I can support you in that and big hugs to you over there in Salem.
Thought of the Week
Kimberly: All right. My loves. I’m going to close out with a quote of the week, which is tapping into your true self, which is the goal of the spiritual practice will change your whole life for the better. I share this with you because, because it works because I feel that my, you know, part of my purpose here in this life is to, to share what helps us feel good and feeling good name of this podcast. Isn’t about being giggly and cheerful. It’s about being connected, being connected. So the spiritual practice is about this deep awareness, deep connection and everything you’ve been seeking will blossom from that happiness, joy, confidence, peace, abundance. That has been my personal experience.
Kimberly: When the more I connect inward, the more outward starts to form. That is the way I want it to form. That is, um, feeling in flow and you know what I want to, co-create what I want manifest, but it starts with the insight. It starts with connecting to true self and spirit. So check out all the resources. My Love’s over in the free app, over mysolluna.com.
Kimberly: I’ll be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. I love you very much. I care very much about you and your wellbeing. So please keep in touch with me. Um, keep the questions coming over on the site on Instagram as well by handles at _KimberlySnyder. I’ll be back here in a few days until then see you in cyberspace. See you on the website and the app sending you so much. Love, take care, take great care of yourself. There’s only one you in the whole multi-verse and I’ll see you back here soon.