Make time for daily spiritual self-care with these 4 easy practices that will keep you connected to your magical, intuitive, and sensual nature.
The most challenging thing about any daily practice is making time for it.
As a self-confessed spiritual self-care junkie, it’s super difficult to maintain all the habits I want to practice daily – yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, tapping, massage – and still find time to, y’know, live my life.
The thing is, I know my life (and my work) is so much better when I’m deeply connected to my sensual and spiritual nature.
Yet when I’m pressed for time, I find it overwhelming to start new habits.
It becomes another task to add to the ‘to do’ list, rather than something pleasurable.
So I started integrating simple practices into my life which don’t take much time – because they’re part of what I already do on a daily basis – but are still powerful enough to keep me connected to my feminine essence as I go about my day.
Spiritual self-care: turning the mundane into magic
The more we focus on creating joy and pleasure from seemingly insignificant moments, the better the quality of our day (and, let’s face it, our life).
After all, we often think that deep fulfilment can only be found in the big stuff; when in reality, the opposite is true.
If we don’t know how to appreciate the small stuff – our partner’s cheeky smile, the smell of our freshly washed sheets, the feel of our breath cleansing out our stagnant energy – we’ll also be unable to cherish the big stuff when it does roll around.
So here are 4 spiritual self-care practices you can do to stay connected to your body (and your womb – your power source!), every single day.
1. Mindful eating
How often have you wolfed down a meal, only to barely remember eating it moments after you’ve finished?
So many of us eat completely unconsciously, shovelling food into our mouths without paying any real attention to the sensations of eating, or how the food affects our energy afterwards.
I spent years using food as a way to numb myself; it became a tool to help me manage my emotions, and comfort myself when I felt lonely or overwhelmed.
But nourishing ourselves can be such a source of pleasure; it’s a fabulous form of self-care.
And when we slow down, we start to reveal what food actually tastes like – and what it actually does to us.
Mindful eating practice tips
- Prepare yourself a weekly meal plan packed with lots of nourishing snacks, fruits and veggies
- As you prepare and chop your food, imagine the journey the food has been on to get to you
- Set the table as if it’s for a special guest, with your best cutlery, placemats, candles, and maybe even flowers
- Practice gratitude for the food in front of you before you eat
- Take time to look at, smell, and really taste each bite
- Chew slowly, noticing and savouring all the flavours (this will also help your digestion!)
Try this: instead of multi-tasking, resolve to put your full attention on eating for at least one meal per day, without doing any other activities.
2. Womb breathing
We’re breathing all the time – our breath is our life force, and we can consciously direct this into any areas we feel need a lil’ extra attention and nourishment.
Womb breathing is my absolute favourite spiritual self-care practice.
As women, we’re often completely disconnected from our womb space (whether we have a physical womb or not). By breathing into this space – contained within our sacral chakra – we can unlock our magical intuitive guide and revitalise our feminine energy.
When we awaken the power of the womb, we can listen to its innate wisdom; our womb always has the answers we need and points us in the right direction.
How to do it
- Place your hands in yoni mudra over your womb space
- Close your eyes or lower gaze
- Breathe in through your nose and direct the breath down to womb for a count of 3
- Feel your belly rise and expand into your hands as the breath travels down your body
- Pay close attention to any sensations in your womb space
- Slowly breathe out from your womb, allowing it to travel up your body and out of your mouth for a count of 6
- Repeat 10 times (or more, if you like)
Try this: practice this first thing on a morning to tap into your womb wisdom, and ask your womb a question, e.g. “what do I need to know today?”. Listen carefully to the answer!
3. Mirror work
We spend so much time looking in the mirror – mostly to criticise, berate, or ‘fix’ ourselves.
How different would our lives be if we focused on what we like about ourselves every time we look in the mirror?
Personally, I used to hate the way I looked.
Looking in the mirror was like torture – especially if I was naked. I was so focused on having a ‘perfect’ appearance and looking for others to approve of me, that I never felt good enough.
Then I started focusing on what I was grateful for every time I looked in the mirror.
For its form, its function, and the way it supports me to live my life.
And my whole life and perspective shifted. After all, what we focus on, we get more of.
How to do it
- Every time you look in the mirror, be vigilant about catching any negative thoughts about yourself
- Instead choose at least 1 thing you’re grateful for (or could be, if you really wanted to be)
- This could be seemingly insignificant and related to function rather than appearance, e.g. “I’m so grateful for my teeth which help me to chew all my food”
- Then state (out loud, if possible), that you love this part of yourself, e.g. “I love my teeth”
Try this: amp up your practice every time by going on a ‘gratitude rampage’, and challenging yourself to find as many appreciations as you can every time you look in the mirror.
4. Checking in
Most days, we find ourselves moving swiftly from one activity to another, without taking a moment to pause, breathe, and notice how we’re doing.
When we slow down to check in with what we’re feeling and needing, we really begin to understand ourselves.
We become deeply connected to – and inseparable from – our feminine essence.
We begin to take responsibility for our experience, and we discover ways to meet our true sensual and spiritual desires (you know, the ones which usually get totally lost in daily life).
This self-empathy is so frickin’ empowering.
How to do it
- Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your womb
- Start with a few energising womb breaths, if you have time
- Feel into your heart space, and ask yourself what you’re feeling
- Feel into your womb space, and ask yourself what you’re needing
- Brainstorm a few strategies to meet your needs, and bring more pleasure, passion, and joy into your day
Try this: set an alarm for yourself to check in at regular intervals, or try to associate it with a certain activity by checking in each time you do it (such as going to the bathroom – my mentor calls this ‘toilet spirituality’!).