How to Honor Your Practice When Those Around You Don't
Society in today's world is quite confusing. We've come farther in terms of open-mindedness, but we've also, somehow, become even more judgmental than before. We want to support causes and movements more than before, but when those that don't agree do their own thing, people are often times very hateful towards them.
This isn't any different in spirituality. Each religion, spiritual practice, and belief system has been brought to light within the last few years and are becoming more accepted within society. But you don't always have to deal with society. You do have to deal with those in your immediate life that don't approve. Obviously, each individual's practices will vary, but I'm giving a few basic keys to take away that will help you still honor your beliefs without issues.
Yeah, I know. It's cliche. But it's true! Meditation can mean a lot of things for different people. Maybe meditation is actually sitting on your yoga mat, listening to a guided meditation, while reflecting on a certain issue. Maybe meditation is taking a walk in nature. Maybe meditation is a shower where you visualize spiritual cleansing by the falling water. The last two are pretty basic every-day practices and rituals, and most people of any religion will probably not give a rat's ass about it. Personally, I've never met anyone of any religion that cared about the first one either, but you never know.
2. MORNING RITUALS
Morning rituals set the tone of the day. This is literally so versatile that you can really do anything. You can enchant your toothbrush to make you smile more that day, which brings more happiness. Your morning drink can always be stirred to bring warmth and energy into your day, and stirring counterclockwise can prevent any negative vibes that might come your way that day. Generally, anything you do in the morning on a normal basis can be used as a spiritual practice if you figure out what to incorporate into it.
These are the best things in the world. Even if you don't believe in them, it's still putting the intention out to the universe to set it up for you. But they aren't just great for universal connection, they can easily be hidden from those that don't support you because all you have to do is say it in your head! Unless someone around you can read minds, your affirmation practice will be pretty well hidden, I'd say.