Some are in a hurry to achieve spiritual goals.
Some want to fast track their spiritual progress.
Some want a 3-step formula.
I get it. That is the culture we are swimming in, but unfortunately, when it comes to spirituality, any attempts to dodge the work of growing and becoming is not a good idea and can often sabotage our growth and transformation.
In Mathew 11:28-30 Jesus says “Are you tired? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me and watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (The Message)
It takes time to learn to live “freely and lightly”. It takes time to shed our demanding schedules and hectic lives and give in to “unforced rhythms of grace”. Willpower alone isn’t the answer. Striving and pushing will not recover your life. The work of transformation is a slow process and the process needs to include the Divine.
Spiritual practices simply help us connect and engage with the Divine (Creator, Mystery, God) but we need to “practice” them. It reminds me of when I was a dance teacher, the students who “practiced” always showed the most development.
Spiritual practices help us listen deeply to ourselves, our lives and to the Spirit. Over time we will discover deeper self-awareness and we find ourselves changing and growing and becoming. When we bring our ache for change, our longing for love, and our desperation to make a difference and we find ways to open ourselves up to the creative power of the Spirit, wonderful things can happen.
Remember it's a process. Be kind with yourself and let yourself enjoy the journey.