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 4 | Living as a Prayer


Day 25 | Living As A Prayer

“The most powerful thought is a prayerful thought. When I'm praying for you, I am praying for my own peace of mind. I can only have for myself what I am willing to wish for you.”
Marianne Williamson

Our prayers need not be reserved for a quiet moment. Life itself can be a prayer. The first 2 steps of affirmative prayer we teach at the Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living are:

1.) Spirit is all there is, and

2.) we are one with it. We can walk and talk these steps throughout our day with the intention of healing and revealing our spiritual truth.

Practice: Start with a prayer in your sacred place in the morning. Any prayer. Set reminder alarms throughout your day to remind you to practice the presence of Spirit through prayer.

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Day 26 | Nurturing Yourself


"Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day and the rest will fall into place."
– Unknown


We are often told that we cannot pour from an empty cup. When we are only focused on helping others, our cup runs dry and we no longer have the time or energy to take care of anyone, including ourself.

Practice: In your sitting time, imagine the feeling of love for someone else and then shift that same feeling to surround yourself with love for your whole being. Choose something to do for yourself or say to yourself today that is nurturing or comforting.


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Day 27 | Be Gentle with Yourself and Others

“Kindness is my Religion.”
– Dali Lama


We are each totally unique and perfect in our Divine Expression, even when we make missteps. We must give ourself permission to love, nurture, and be kind to ourself and others just as we would with a child. We each deserve it! We all have things we would like to change about ourselves or in our lives. We can begin by accepting the perfection of where we are now. We can assume the best in others.


Practice: Watch your thoughts about yourself and others today. If you notice any that are critical of yourself or another, take the time to change them into something positive and write them down or text them to yourself. We can also practice loving kindness towards ourselves when we think we have made a mistake, or we think we have missed an opportunity.


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Day 28 | Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude


"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
– Meister Eckhart


No matter who you are, there are always things to be grateful for in your life. As you come to appreciate even the smallest of these, you are building an attitude of gratitude and a consciousness for more good to manifest.


Practice: As you awaken in the morning, take the time to think of at least five things you are grateful for. Right before you fall asleep tonight, review your day and give thanks for at least five more things you are grateful for.


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Day 29 | Be In Awe


“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein


Awe is a feeling of reverence, amazement, or wonder brought on by something which catches our attention in a moment. It is the feeling we have when being in a forest or viewing a canyon or waterfall. It is also when we recognize the inner beauty of a person or the miracle of a moment.


Practice: Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles that surround you.


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Day 30 | Peace In, Peace Out

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
– Wayne W. Dyer


When we seek peace from outside ourselves, it is subject to the whims of others. We need to first seek peace on the inside and then we can know peace around us and in the world. The first step in finding this peace is accepting life as it is. As Byron Katie suggests, every time we argue with reality, we lose. From this acceptance we can seek a new and different experience. We find the inner peace and then we find the outer peace. Peace in, Peace out.


Practice: In your sitting practice, just breathe, relax and allow yourself to feel an inner peace. As things come up that disturb or alter the peace, just notice them, accept them for what they are and come back to the peace.


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Day 31 | Good News


“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought it would be like and
learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”
– Rachel Marie Martin


We can be caught in the web of the bad news of the day that all sources of the media feed us. We can turn around any negativity in our mind and find hope, or good in it. We can also seek and become aware of the good news. We may not be able to depend on traditional sources to provide us with it. There are online sites for good news and kinder living, like dailygood.org, karmatube.org, kindspring.org, conversations.org, and awakin.org. Let us trust in the goodness of the Universe focus on the good news.


Practice: Search online or in your daily routine for the good today. It is always there.

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Day 32 Be Kind

“Kindness is a powerful quality that we each possess. When displayed, shared, and received,
kindness creates peace, friendliness and community.”
Talulah Finkelstein, age 9, Co-founder of ‘Be Kind,’ Napa, CA


Kindness is love in action. It is contagious. There is a TV ad that show a progression of kind actions from one person to another and it comes back around to the person who first initiated the act of kindness. Although the scenario is dramatized, the kindness we do does come back to us because as we express more love we are more open to love. Kindness makes the world go round.

Practice: In your quiet space, consider how you can practice kindness for others today. Commit to at least 5 acts of kindness today. Choose one to be random by being kind anonymously where the receiver will never know.