Emerge Stronger, Brighter and Wiser


40 days is often used in sacred texts as time of prayer and meditation. Moses spent 40 days on the Mountain, Jesus prayed for 40 days in the wilderness, Buddha meditated more than 40 days under the Tree of Enlightenment and in Hinduism 40 days of fasting is recommended. This 40 Days of Spiritual Practices will guide you in establishing sacred patterns of openness and serenity in your life.

Section 2 | Surrendering

Day 9 | Surrendering


“The awakening process all boils down to this: surrender.”

– Maria Erving

Surrender is a word we question because we think we might be giving up who we are. Yet every faith tradition recommends surrendering to a higher power. We can actually discover freedom by letting go of our over-thinking and just being present.

Practice: Lay down flat on the floor, belly down for 5 or more minutes. Surrender everything to Spirit, fully and completely. Speak out loud to Spirit, “I let go of the little me and let the Divine me come through. Thy way, not mine. I am thine. I give up so that Spirit can lead me.”

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Day 10 | Letting Go Of Judgment


“It is fair to judge people and stained-glass windows only in their best light.”
-William A. Ward


What if what we judge of others is something that we subconsciously judge in ourselves? How would our day be different if we did not give power to our judgment, whether at work, in the market, or walking or listening to the news. One gym created a concept called “the judgment free zone” which was to provide a safe environment in which to work out without worrying about being judged. How about we create that zone in all of our world?


Practice: As you sit today, in your imagination think of a pet, yours or someone else’s and how they love you for you are - no matter what. Today, take this attitude of acceptance into your daily routine. Notice your thoughts about others and your judgments. Just notice them and don’t attach to them as the truth. Accept each person as a Divine expression.


Day 11 | Forgiveness


“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Lewis B. Smedes


One of the most challenging parts of letting go and surrendering is forgiveness. Forgiveness is best done as a daily practice by being willing to forgive others for perceived wrongs. When we are not willing to forgive, it is our own being that is stifled and limited. We forgive others so that we can be free. We are called by Spirit to forgive events and situations that may seem small or may dominate your life. Either way or in-between, forgiveness is the pathway to freedom.


Practice: Sit in a sacred spot. Come to peace with your breath. Speak directly to Spirit, “I choose freedom. I am willing to forgive. Reveal to me what I am called to forgive in order to be free.” Allow yourself to imagine people and events in your life that were uncomfortable or painful. In your mind, say to the people involved in those situations, ‘I choose freedom. I forgive you.’ It may take several practices to feel the freedom of forgiveness from some situations.

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Day 12 | Self-forgiveness


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poems & Letters


As we do our daily forgiveness practice, let us remember to forgive ourselves for the missteps we have taken. We have made choices from what we thought was the best thing at the time. We learn what we need to learn and then we forgive ourselves. Without self-forgiveness our learning will be in vain and we are likely to repeat our misstep again.


Practice: Sit in a sacred spot. Come to a peace with your breath. Speak directly to Spirit, “I choose freedom. I am willing to forgive myself. Reveal to me what I am called to forgive in order to be free.” Say to yourself, ‘I choose freedom. I forgive myself.’ It may take several practices to feel the freedom from some situations.


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Day 13 | Surrendering Your Thoughts


"Do not allow your thought processes to run on automatic. Thoughts of peace and love are available; make a conscious effort to select them."
A Course in Miracles


At times it may seem like our thoughts are like a runaway train. Always remember we have a choice to slow down our thoughts and to be mindful.


Practice: In your sacred space, notice your thoughts. Let them go by. Throughout the day make an effort to notice your thoughts. Let go of the ones that over-focus on past or future events. (Some contemplation and planning may be important.) A persistent distraction takes away from the joy and peace of the moment.

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Day 14 | Resting Your Mind


"I will not allow anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."
Mahatma Ghandi


We are the only one who have power over our thoughts. Don't give that power away.

Practice: Treat yourself gently today. Take time to be still and rest your mind and body. Focus on that which relaxes you and brings you peace and joy.


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Day 15 | Letting Go Of Stress


“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
Fred Rogers


Even when we are in a tunnel or a thick forest, there is light surrounding that very place in any given moment. We are the light. No matter the stress we might feel, the light is always there. Learning to let go and trust that everything is in Divine timing and order is easier with a sense of the Divine Spirit within and the faith that this Divine Spirit is with us at all times. We can know that we’re a being full of the light that vibrates in every instant. Let go of the seriousness and treat yourself ‘lightly.’


Practice: Notice any worries and stresses. Ask yourself, “Is my worry justified or am I making it up? Is it really true? Do I really know this?” Just breathe, recognizing that everything is in its natural and Divine order. Your best outcome will manifest when you relax and allow Spirit to reveal your highest and best good. Repeat to yourself, ‘I allow the highest and best to come through me. I am strong and confident.’ Enjoy a short walk and walk with confidence and trust.


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Day 16 | Surrendering Deeper

“Enlightenment has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the
crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication
of everything we imagined to be true.”

Adyashanti

Surrendering can be painful because we are letting go of our beliefs and our identity that we have built over many years. Jesus surrendered in the Garden of Gethsemane, Moses in front of the burning bush and Buddha under the tree of enlightenment. They each struggled with surrendering to a Spirit. When they did, they were transformed and the wisdom they found has inspired, literally, billions of people.


Practice: Either sit in a chair or kneel on the floor and lower your head below your heart. Surrender the thoughts from your head to your heart and its connection with Spirit. Continue for as long as you are comfortable.