There seems to be quite a common thread occurring since ‘lockdown’, and one I’ve also experienced. Many I have spoken to have talked of their spiritual/yoga/‘whatever name you care to give’ practice diminishing. Another commonality is a knowing that now is the time it would benefit the most- a message reiterated by many teachers. So I have a few words to share which may or may not be of benefit if you’ve had this feeling at all.
Firstly, literally whatever you do is a spiritual practice. You may be an atheist and say how can that be? You still have a spirit/soul. It’s not that what people coin ‘spiritual practice’ suddenly develops you one. No. It cultivates a fuller awareness of it. In tantrik philosophy it would be said that immediately we are in denial, we are equally at the other end of the spectrum. For example, if you think of ‘good’ you are also thinking of ‘bad’ as for something to be ‘good’ it needs ’bad’ to be measured against (this is crudely paraphrasing and simplifying somewhat). So you don’t have a soul, you’re equally acknowledging having a soul. So yes, we are all in a ‘spiritual practice’, meaning whatever you are currently doing is your present practice. In other words, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing well and your soul gets it.
We are in strange, strange times which have never been collectively experienced before in living memory. That ‘collectively‘ is a crucial part because knowingly or unknowingly we all pick up on each other. This means whatever you would have experienced usually if it was a solo affair, has been magnified massively. Not only that, but the duration is also going to add to everything. It is perfectly normal for your usual routine to change. I’ve been watching much more catchup-tv than usual for example. It’s fully escapism, and it’s fully understandable. Denying ourselves slight changes could actually cause more harm than good (equally, the other extreme may also be harmful, so balance is key). In other words, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing well and your soul gets it.
If you did have a different routine to now, imagine how different you’d be right now if you hadn’t. That routine or practice has stood you in good stead for something you could never ever imagine happening in a million years. In other words, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing well and your soul gets it.
Most importantly is that those I’ve spoken to have been aware. They, and I have been aware of the usual practice going out of the window in some way. Maybe also aware of the affects of that. That awareness IS your ‘spiritual practice’. That awareness IS yoga. Simply observing is all you need to do. We are the experiencer AND maybe the experimenter. Usually we run ‘tests’ and sometimes keep what makes us feel ’good’. Sometime we notice over time what made us feel ’good’ actually made us worse in the long run. Or vice-versa and everything in between. We are playing a game of trial and error, one you cannot mess up. It may not feel like it, but any ‘mistake’ can lead to new ‘data’/learning and so actually served good purpose. Right now you’re collecting important ‘data’ in your experiment. The information might even be ‘I feel exactly the same without my practices’. It’s still important information gathered. In other words, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing well and your soul gets it.
Whatever your practice was, it may return. It might return in a new form. It might return in another lifetime. All that is totally fine with your soul- it has all the time in the universes as it is beyond time.
In other words, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing well and your soul gets it.