They are each day activities that permit you to develop your spirituality. In a nutshell they are the full-time or regular performance of activities and actions carried out for the purpose of enlightening spirituality, spiritual stirring; examples include attending church, prayer, fasting, meditation, and silence. According to Martin Sanders, the definitive goal is practicing these disciplines to stride along the path and to attain spiritual illumination: the conduit to become closer to God. This course is often referred to as salvation, liberation, intimacy or unification (with God)
Spiritual Disciplines are broken down into two types:
Personal disciplines are those that each person should build up for him or herself. All of the general spiritual disciplines can be done independently that is, prayer, meditation, fasting.
Corporate disciplines are ones that the complete church body can do collectively. A lot of the spiritual disciplines can also be achieved with the entire church as well, this is at you and your church’s judgment but prayer is a good instance of a personal discipline, as well as a corporate discipline.
By description, spiritual disciplines are (but are not restricted to):
1) Repetitive actions driven by religious decisions rather than natural ecological reactions.
2) Calculatingly self-induced behaviors that fosters spiritual growth and nurture spiritual health leading to maturity with God.
3) Deliberately self-induced actions to change existing thought and life patterns, thus breaking the customary cycle of life and breaking the focus on relationship with God.
4) Spiritual exercises to build up “Sacred Rhythms” to engage in deliberate spirituality in the search for closeness with God.
Why are they called Spiritual Disciplines?
1) They are not the expected intuitive thing to do.
2) You have to make an alert choice to connect in them; they are not what something you would do of your own concurrence.
3) There will times where you do not feel like doing what is essential for your spiritual health. However disciplines provide structure and stability so as to carry you through those times you wish to pay no attention to your religious health.
And the last feature of the spiritual disciplines is that they are means and not ultimate. The ending, that is, the principle of practicing the disciplines is godliness. As Martin Sanders says, discipline yourself for the principle of godliness. And so people are not godly just because they practice the spiritual disciplines. Truly motivated, they are the means to devoutness.
Spiritual Disciplines are an individual choice-only you can decide to embark on them at your own speed, but if done properly you will feel closer to divinity than ever before. This is something you may require thinking about cautiously because it is a long journey which will not be effortless to undertake. One of the rules of the Universe is that there is always a way to manifest that is much advanced and better for you than that of manifesting from your self-image. This superior way is to permit your inner astuteness to direct you in your everyday activities and in reaching and determining your preferred goals in life.