In the context of enlightenment, the most important task is maintaining a connection to the higher self. I recommend doing this at least once a day formally during a morning meditation, and informally as often as we remember during the day.
We need a sanctuary, a place where we can recover from external and internal stress. A place of rejuvenation, solace, peace of mind, and inspiration.
The other week, I came across this phrase: The higher self blossoms with the ego.
Souls are (individual) rays of the higher self. All are connected. I created this mandala to visualize the beauty of our unity.
We, self-conscious souls, mediate between the higher self and our body/nature.