Healing Arts and Pagan Studies - Spiritual Exercises for the Days of the Week


Adapted from Start Now! A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises


by Rudolph Steiner


Steiner Books, 2004


Most of us would like to live in a more spiritually-conscious way, but


the task can seem so daunting. Where to begin? The great teacher,


author, and philosopher Rudolph Steiner had a wonderful idea: he


identified one gentle spiritual task for each day of the week. After


all, seven is a magical number (think of the seven chakras), and having


seven days of the week as a container makes deep soul-sense.


You can use these simple, meaningful exercises as a basis for


meditation, or simply as touchstones to keep in mind throughout the day. Step by step, we can gently bring ourselves into greater clarity and


awareness. Breaking the process down into daily tasks makes it so


do-able, and the end result will be greater soul-strength and


consciousness.


SATURDAY: Right Thinking


Be aware of your thoughts. Gradually learn to separate in your thoughts


the essential from the nonessential, the eternal from the transitory,


and truth from mere opinion. When listening to conversation, try to


become inwardly still, renouncing all agreement and, more important, all


negative judgments (criticism and rejection). Do this in both thought


and feeling.


SUNDAY: Right Judgment


Decide on even the most insignificant issues only after full,


well-founded deliberation and reflection. Abstain from doing anything


that has no significant reason. Once we are convinced that a decision is


correct, adhere to it with inner steadfastness. This is "right judgment"


because it was made independently of attraction or aversion.


 MONDAY: Right Word


Avoid the usual sort of conversation that involves jumbled, simultaneous


cross-talk. Listen thoughtfully to every statement and answer. Consider


every approach. Never speak without a reason. Prefer silence. Try not to


talk too much or too little. Listen quietly and process what you hear.


 TUESDAY: Right Deed


Our outer actions should not disturb others. When we are moved inwardly (by conscience) to act, carefully weight how best to employ the occasion for the good of the whole, and the happiness of others and the eternal. When you act from yourself and your own initiative, weigh the


consequences of your actions in the most fundamental way.


 WEDNESDAY: Right Standpoint


In ordering your life, live in harmony with nature and spirit. Do not


get buried in the external knickknacks of life. Avoid all that brings


restlessness and haste to your life. Be neither impetuous nor lazy.


Consider life as a means of inner work and development and act


accordingly.


THURSDAY: Right Striving


Take care not to do anything beyond your power, but don't leave anything undone that is within your ability. Pose goals that are connected with the highest of human responsibilities. In relation to these exercises, for example, try to develop yourself so that later---if not


immediately--you may be better able to help and advise others. Let the


preceding exercises become a habit!


FRIDAY: Right Memory


Strive to learn as much as possible from life. Nothing happens that does


not give us the opportunity to gather experiences that are useful for


life. If you have done something incorrectly or incompletely, it becomes


an opportunity to do it correctly or completely later on. When you see


others act, observe them with the same end in mind (but not without


love). Do nothing without looking at past experiences that may help in


your decisions and your actions. If you are attentive, you can learn


much from everyone. including small children.


Copyright: Adapted from Start Now! A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises by Rudolph Steiner