During my Sikh dharma days, I learned about taking a “hukam” (pronounced “hook-um” and means “divine order”) from the “Siri Guru Granth Sahib” which is the compilation of writings that the Sikhs consider their living guru. I have expanded this practice to include any inspirational book. Many mornings I have started my day by taking a hukam as a part of my daily sadhana or spiritual practice.
A hukam is taken by choosing a book of teachings or one of motivation, such as “The Dhammapada”, the “Tao te Ching”, the “Bhagavad Gita”, the “Bible”, the “Koran” or whatever your choice may be and then randomly opening the book to a particular verse or section to which you are guided.
Before making your selection, sit quietly for a few moments, opening yourself up to receiving whatever passage you are shown and then ask a question to which you would like guidance, then open the book and read until you feel you have received your message. You may choose not to ask a question; just allow whatever message that has appeared to be your inspiration for the day.
Many times the passages are connected to what I may be experiencing in my life at the time and are always a source of insight and “divine” guidance. This simple practice has never failed to bring a feeling of upliftment to my day.