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 3 | Staying the Course


Day 17 | Letting Go And Trusting

“The key to serenity is trusting that the universe has your back.”

– Gabrielle Bernstein


Sometimes we have trouble believing that good things are happening right now and will happen in the future. This resistance can be attributed to experiences of being hurt in the past or from not wanting to get our ‘hopes up’ in case we are disappointed. If we are less than open, we have a ‘less than’ experience of the good that the universe has for us. The only way we will find and peace, joy and meaning in our life is to be open to the good in the moment.


Practice: Sit quietly in your sacred space. Think about the day before you. Notice situations in your life when you might be holding back because of the fear of being disappointed. Set that hesitation aside and be willing to be open to all of your good in this moment and for the rest of the day.

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Day 18 | Be Willing To Be The Light


“When day comes we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
– Amanda Gorman, U.S. Youth Poet Laureate


As we step into the world, are we willing to be Divine beings having human experiences or do we choose to play small and pretend we are human beings having human experiences? Our playing small means that we will be having limited experiences. Only an awareness of our Divinity can bring us greater experiences of peace, love, and light.

Practice: Sit in your sacred space and imagine your body as a divine being filled with and radiating light. As you go about your day, be mindful of your Divinity having human experiences.


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Day 19 | Boundless Life


“We are not bound by precedent but freed by Principle.”

– Ernest Holmes


No matter our experiences from our past, we can choose new experiences and new ways of being in the present moment. Spiritual principles assure us that as we choose, a manifestation of our intention and attention is being created.

Practice: In your quiet time consider an experience where you would like to manifest a magnificent outcome. Contemplate what new ways of being you will choose to guide this manifestation. Carry this practice throughout your day.

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Day 20 | Living Fully


"Life's short. Use the fine china."

– Colin Wright


Often we think that we need to save our special things for special days. Yet every day that we are alive is a special occasion! We can treat ourselves by using the fine china, pulling out that nice lotion, or burning that beautiful candle. We can live fully every day. We're worth it!


Practice: In a sacred place, take 10-15 minutes to feel joy and gratitude of all you have and all you are. Make a list in journal or a notepad. Choose one thing in your life that you are saving for a special day and plan to use it or open it.

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Day 21 | Beginner’s Mind


“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”

– Meister Eckhart


The Buddhists teach a concept called ‘beginner’s mind.’ Beginner’s mind is letting go of our expectations and preconceived ideas about something, and seeing people and things with an open mind as if we have never seen that person or situation.


Practice: Pick up an object, preferably something edible like a piece of fruit. Let go of what you know about that object and look at it and touch it with a beginner mind. If it is edible, slowly peel it or open it and mindfully taste it with a beginner’s mind. Allow yourself to sit with experience for a few moments. Go through your day using a ‘beginner’s mind.’

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Day 22 | Let Go of Fixing


“Every day I wake up and ask myself, how can I accept myself and others more fully?”

– Alaric Hutchison


We are all created in the image and likeness of God. Yet each of us is a unique creation, different from all others and absolutely spiritually correct and perfect exactly the way we are.


Practice: Look in the mirror and say 10 times, “I love you just the way you are and I am grateful.” Then think of someone you think needs fixing and say “I love you just the way you are and I am grateful you are in my life.”


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Day 23 | You Are Enough


“Time is too short to be living someone else’s life.”

– Kobi Yamada


Only you can be you. God makes no mistakes. We are all whole, complete and fabulous expressions of the Divine.


Practice: Sit quietly and clear your mind of thoughts. Breathe deeply. Say to yourself, "There is nothing I need to add or change to improve upon God’s creation of me. I am enough.”


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Day 24 | Moving to Peace and Acceptance


“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Anger is an appropriate emotion at times. Anger can even bring us clarity and determination. It is the holding on to anger that is unhealthy. Through a willingness to accept a situation, let go, and even forgive, if necessary, we can find inner peace. Peace is a natural state of being.


Practice: In your sitting practice, think of something recent that frustrated you. Notice the feeling in your body. Does it have location in your body? Ask for Spirit to help to become aware of the importance of this anger. What was the learning in it? Once you are ready, accept the situation, let go of the anger and forgive yourself or another. Let the feelings lessen and allow a sense of release, freedom, and peace come over you.