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Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Importance of the Evening Ritual

Now that you know some of the important characteristics of a spiritual person, it is time to learn some of the habits you can use to build your spiritual muscles.

The evening ritual is an important part of becoming spiritual. So, how does it work?

Every night before going to sleep, get in the habit of taking some time to reflect. First, say a prayer of thanks, and don't forget to pray for those who have made you angry.

Next, spend some time writing about your day. What did you do well? How did it make you feel? What went wrong? How did you feel then?

Finally, spend some time in meditation. Start off slow, maybe only five minutes, but try to work up to 30 each night. Pick a topic, or just concentrate on your breath.

Afterwards, you may go to sleep, but now is also a good time to do some reading on a spiritual topic of your choosing.

The benefits are endless. Meditation promotes restful sleep. Reflecting on the day allows your subconscious mind to work on it when you sleep. Writing is very therapeutic.
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