Whether you observe a mindful morning routine, engage in an asana practice such as surya namaskar (sun salutations), spend some time in silent meditation, read a spiritual text, engage in a creativity practice, or go for a walk in nature, the Feast for the Soul is an opportunity to increase the intensity of your spiritual practice for 40 days:
Your sadhana, or daily spiritual practice and routine, connects you to more expansive aspects of yourself so you can forge a more intimate relationship with creation and creator.
How can you observe the Feast if you already have a significant sadhana?
1. Increase your meditation time to 40 minutes once or twice a day.
2. Live with more mindfulness and add an element of yoga such as pranayama, or observing a particular or yama or niyama.
3. Make a lifestyle change that honors the natural environment – reduce clutter, consume less, eat a plant-based diet, plant trees, and simplify your way of living.
“Repeated practice is one of the most basic principles of most spiritual and meditative paths. In other words, whatever you practice most, is what you will become. If you are in the habit of being uptight whenever life isn’t quite right, repeatedly reacting to criticism by defending yourself, insisting on being right, allowing your thinking to snowball in response to adversity, or acting like life is an emergency, then, unfortunately, your life will be a reflection of this type of practice. You will be frustrated because, in a sense, you have practiced being frustrated”. “Likewise, however, you can choose to bring forth in yourself qualities of compassion, patience, kindness, humility, and peace — again, through what you practice. I guess it’s safe to say that practice makes perfect.” – Richard Carlson, from Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff